Let’s grow, heal, and celebrate with our diverse Mason community during BIPOC Well-Being Week, October 16-20, 2023! Join our center, campus partners, and student organizations for a variety of events centering on the BIPOC experience and our collective well-being. Plan to enjoy as many of them as you can!
Events on Monday, October 16
Clearance Ready: Diversity in the Clearance Space – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. online – Join at: https://gmu.joinhandshake.com/stu/events/1325476 – Are you interested in acquiring a security clearance? Then come to this event and hear from representatives of diverse backgrounds share their perspectives of being a minority within the clearance space. Employers will discuss the roles diversity, equity, and inclusion play in day-to-day clearance spaces and share their experiences on what it’s like to work within a clearance space as well as provide advice about options you could take within your career field. This program is a part of the University Career Services’ Clearance Ready Program.
BIPOC Happy Hour – 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The HUB Corner Pocket, Fairfax campus – Join us for a fun afternoon of free play at the HUB Corner Pocket with relaxing well-being activities in the Side Pocket and free food and music outside, plus free giveaways!
Events on Tuesday, October 17
Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE) Monthly Kiosk – 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Johnson Center, Fairfax campus – The purpose of our monthly kiosk is to promote inclusivity, raise awareness, and foster a sense of belonging. The kiosk serves as a platform to showcase and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives of our Mason community.
Cookies with CAPS – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at SUB I Suite 2400, Multi-purpose Room (MPR), Fairfax campus – Register on Mason 360 – CAPS is partnering with First-Gen+ Center, Contemporary Student Services, and Military Services to offer sweet self-care sessions. Let’s chat, connect, and encourage open conversations around mental health while enjoying cookies! Special thanks to Insomnia Cookies for co-sponsoring this event.
BIPOC Project Connect group – Build friendships with other BIPOC students at Mason in this group – Details coming soon
Building Community for Students of Diverse Identities – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Details coming soon
Events on Wednesday, October 18
SSC Mason Mingle Well Being – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at SUB 1, in Room 3A, Fairfax campus – Details coming soon
Events on Thursday, October 19
BMSI-Building The Man You Want to Be: Mental Health – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fenwick Library in Room 1014A/B – This Social Justice Workshop has been formulated to help young men discover the type of man/person they would like to be in the world! It can help young men uncover unhealthy patterns that may have been conditioned in them, and replace them with ideals and habits from a holistic wellness approach.
Mason Recreation Zumba – 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Aquatic Fitness Center, Fairfax campus – Have fun and elevate your physical well-being and fitness with this Zumba dance class. Come prepared to dance and sweat yourself into shape with this Latin-influenced workout! There will be giveaways and healthy snacks.
Mason Recreation Flat Tire Workshop – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC), Fairfax Campus – Register on Mason 360 – In this session, you will learn exactly what to do if you find yourself dealing with a flat tire! We will teach you the basic steps of the tire-changing process, and you will even have the opportunity to change a tire yourself.
“BYOBF” Be Your Own Best Friend With Donovan Taylor Hall – 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, Fairfax campus – “BYOBF” stands for Be Your Own Best Friend, and in this presentation, Donovan helps his audience recognize the importance of having a positive relationship with themselves. Lots of people know how to be a good friend to others, but many people struggle with being a good friend to themselves. By helping others recognize that when they take better care of themselves they can take better care of other people, Donovan helps youth learn how to show up for themselves in kind and loving ways.
Events on Friday, October 20
Free HIV Testing – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Student Health Services (SHS) office in SUB 1, Fairfax campus – SHS is providing free HIV testing for students during BIPOC Well-Being Week. We will be providing testing for students, along with counseling for their results.
Mason Rec Fun Friday – 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC), Fairfax Campus – Register on Mason 360. This is a great opportunity to meet others in the Mason community. There will be plenty of games such as Giant Connect 4, UNO, and checkers.
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