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BIPOC Well-Being Week: October 16-20, 2023

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

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.

Clearance Ready: Diversity in the Clearance Space – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. online – Join at: – 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.

WOMAN IN MOTION film screening – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Johnson Center Cinema, Fairfax campus – Register on Mason 360 – Enjoy a free screening of the movie WOMAN IN MOTION (2019), followed by a guided discussion, presented by the College of Science and Mason’s Visiting Filmmakers Series. WOMAN IN MOTION is about Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols’ daunting task to launch a national blitz for NASA, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first Black, Asian, and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Events on Tuesday, October 17

ProjectConnect group for BIPOC students – 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Fairfax campus – Learn more and register here – Build community and strengthen your well-being in this group for Mason’s BIPOC students.

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.

Rock Painting with the First-Gen+ Center – 12 noon to 2 p.m. at SUB I Suite 2400, Multi-purpose Room (MPR), Fairfax campus – Write messages and create art in celebration of National Transfer Student Week and BIPOC Well-Being Week.

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.

Building Community for Students of Diverse Identities – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Johnson Center Bistro, Fairfax campus – Join us for community-building and networking among graduate students of diverse identity groups.

Events on Wednesday, October 18

Halloweenie – 12 noon to 2 p.m. on the SUB 1 Quad, Fairfax campus – Come join Student Health Services and the Student Support and Advocacy center to learn about healthy communication and sex positivity, and receive free condoms and candy.

International Cafe (iCafe): East & Southeast Asia Edition – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro, Fairfax campus – Join Mason’s Office of International Programs and Services as they showcase the cultures of East and Southeast Asia.

SSC Mason Mingle Well Being – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at SUB 1, in Room 3A, Fairfax campus – Register on Mason 360

Events on Thursday, October 19

“BYOBF” Be Your Own Best Friend With Donovan Taylor Hall – 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, Fairfax campus – Register on Mason 360 – “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.

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.

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.

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.

The Art of Incarceration film screening – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Johnson Center Cinema, Fairfax campus – Register here – Mason Exhibitions and the Native American and Indigenous Alliance will host a film screening of Art of Incarceration in the Johnson Center Cinema on Friday, October 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will be provided! “Art of Incarceration” provides a view through the eyes of First Nations prisoners at Victoria’s Fulham Correctional Centre in Australia, exploring how culture and art can empower Indigenous people to transcend their unjust cycles of imprisonment. This film will enumerate many of the issues we are confronted with in the Faces of Resilience exhibition in Buchanan Hall Atrium Gallery from September 11 to November 3.

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