This past year raised our collective awareness about the need for more opportunities and intentional strategies to promote well-being among communities of color. Representatives from the CWB, CCEE, SHS, and several other departments have come together to initiate Mason’s first BIPOC* Well-Being Month this October 2021. Each week will have a different theme, with events that correspond to that theme.
*BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color. We acknowledge that the BIPOC community is not monolithic, but is comprised of myriad lived experiences and different stratified positionalities in society. We also acknowledge that in our efforts to be inclusive of historically marginalized ethnic groups, we are inadvertently excluding other marginalized groups. Language is limited, and we are choosing to use the term “BIPOC” while acknowledging its many limitations. May this tension be a constant reminder of the need to dismantle oppressive social structures in our society.
- Week 1: Acknowledge (Raise awareness about BIPOC mental health/well-being challenges)
- Week 2: Grow (Learn skills to navigate your well-being)
- Week 3: Heal (Find tools and space to heal, individually and collectively)
- Racial Healing Circles (Allies and Advocates welcome) – October 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro – Register here: https://cglink.me/2d7/r1293883
- Returning to Our Roots: Spirituality for BIPOC community – October 18 from noon to 1 p.m. online – Register here: https://cglink.me/2d7/r1296849
- Free Health Screening – October 20 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro
- BIPOC Healing Yoga – October 21 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the RAC Yoga Room – Register here: https://cglink.me/2d7/r1283811
- Week 4: Celebrate (Show up as your true self, celebrate your identities, and share joy)
- Celebration Party on Oct. 29, 12 noon-2 p.m., Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center
- Watch Mason cultural dance club performances
- Meet affinity groups at Mason and join a club
- Enjoy free food and SWAG
- Play games and relax!
Workshops will be a communal experience where students voices are welcomed and valued as we seek to build our collective well-being at Mason. All events will center the BIPOC community experience. Those outside this community are welcome to attend the events for allies and advocates and find additional well-being resources at wellbeing.gmu.edu.
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