The Well-Being for the People Series is a new initiative that centers the unique well-being needs of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color.
Join us in October 2021 for BIPOC Well-Being Month! Week one (October 4-8) will focus on the theme “Acknowledge”, with the goal of raising awareness about BIPOC mental health/well-being challenges. Week two (October 11-15) will focus on the theme “Grow”, with the goal of helping students learn skills to navigate their well-being. Week three (October 18-22) will focus on the theme “Heal”, with the goal of providing tools and space for students to heal, individually and collectively. Week four (October 25-30) will focus on the theme “Celebrate”, with the goal of encouraging students to show up as their true selves, celebrate their identities, and share joy. The month will end with a carnival on October 30! Registration details are coming soon.
The Well-Being for the People Series is not your average well-being initiative. We are dedicated to centering BIPOC needs and resources. If you identify as a Person of Color, we welcome you into these spaces that are intended to acknowledge and support your unique well-being.
For additional resources to support your well-being, check out the Black Lives Matter website from University Life.
If you’re interested in the Well-Being for the People Series, you may also be interested in Rx Racial Healing Circles (RHCs). RHCs are open to all people interested in engaging with racial healing through the power of storytelling. Mason students, faculty, staff, and alumni can all participate to build racial awareness, well-being, and community together. RHCs, created by our center’s senior scholar Dr. Gail Christopher while at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, are founded on the principles of jettisoning the hierarchy of human value and narrative change through storytelling. The power of the RHC experience comes from sharing stories – telling personal stories (taking us to the heart space) rather than simply relating to an event (the mind space). Circle participants often can see their own experiences in the stories of others, which helps us to see ourselves in one another.
We will announce dates and times for fall 2021 semester open enrollment circles as soon as they’re available.
You can also request an RHC in a closed enrollment format here for a specific Mason department, organization, or unit. RHCs for a department or organization must be optional and voluntary for all participants. We do not host RHCs for groups that mandate attendance. So, please plan to invite participants from your group without requiring attendance.
Please check this page regularly for more upcoming events to be posted. Sign up for our listserv at WBP-L@listserv.gmu.edu to be notified of upcoming events.