About Us

Vision

GMU’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Resources envisions a Mason campus community where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, same-gender-loving, and questioning people and our allies are fully included, welcomed, and treated with equity in every respect; where people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are free to successfully live, love and learn without fear, hate, or intolerance; and where justice, equality and respect for all prevail.

 

Mission

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Resources Office provides and supports curricular and co-curricular experiences that enhance the health and wellbeing, academic success, and personal development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families and friends. We work in collaboration with the full Mason community to promote shared responsibility for a campus climate that is welcoming, safe, respectful and inclusive for students, faculty, and staff of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. The office assists Mason in seeking to combat oppression in all of its interrelated forms (including sexism, racism, classism, homophobia), striving for an environment in which all members of the campus community can successfully live, learn, love, and work.

 

LGBTQ Resources accomplishes our mission by:

Providing direct services to LGBTQ students; including advising, advocacy, counseling and referral, education and training, group and workshop facilitation, and leadership development.

Offering a safe, open, welcoming space for all people interested in understanding LGBTQ issues; this physical meeting space is designed to promote both visibility and sense of community for all who wish to participate.

Assisting students in building communities of care, support, and trust; both within LGBTQ communities and across lines of gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, culture, religion, and other identity groups.

Developing and conducting programs and co-curricular, educational, cultural, and social opportunities for students, faculty and staff on LGBTQ issues.

Providing consultation, education, technical assistance, training, and resources to faculty, staff, administration, GMU offices and departments, and others interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and welcoming for LGBTQ issues.

Collaborating with Mason faculty, staff, and with other institutions and community agencies to facilitate student development.