Programs & Services

Assistance to Individual Students

We meet individually with students by appointment, drop-in meetings, and/or through phone and/or email communication, providing mentoring, guidance, advocacy, support, information, and access to resources. Conversations focus on the specific needs of each student, as each student defines them, including:

  • Academic Counseling
  • Personal and Relationship Concerns
  • Coming Out
  • Identity Development
  • Setting and Meeting Goals
  • Managing Stress
  • Accessing and Relating with the LGBTQ Community
  • Responding to Harassment, Homophobia, and/or Hate
  • Healing Internalized Oppression…

You’re also welcome to come by just to hang out and talk!!!

Contact us to make an appointment.

 

Guidance to Student Organizations

We assist LGBTQ-related student groups and organizations, both in formalized “faculty adviser” relationships, as well as informal guidance and support. We assist the student leaders in developing their leadership skills and in helping their organizations meet the needs of their membership. We help groups grow in areas such as how they manage diversity, maintain membership interest and participation, organize events, develop resources, deal with conflict, conduct meetings effectively, and plan for the future.

LGBTQ Speakers Bureau and Panel Discussions

We respond to requests from student organizations, community groups, and academic classes for presentations on LGBTQ issues. We find that, whenever appropriate and possible, organizing diverse panels of experienced LGBTQ student speakers to speak to groups with their heart-felt stories, is an extremely effective way of educating others about the LGBTQ community.

Contact us to request student speakers.

 

Consultation and Technical Assistance

We are available to assist Mason faculty, staff, and administrators; community members; members of other universities; and others on many LGBTQ-related issues and concerns they face. Examples include: handling classroom situations, curriculum development, policies and procedures, housing/residence life situations, LGBTQ health and mental health, LGBTQ resources, and staff training.

 

Anti-Oppression Programming

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King Jr.,

Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

LGBTQ Resources is strongly committed to helping people heal from and reduce – with a vision toward eliminating – all forms of oppression. We understand – and encourage others to see – that the oppressions of racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism (and other religious/cultural oppression) are inextricably linked with homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and many other forms of intolerance facing LGBTQ folks.

Toward the goal of combating oppression, we provide leadership, support, and encourage all to participate in the following campus programs:

  • The Safe Zone Program increasing the number and effectiveness of visible allies to LGBTQ people, is administered by LGBTQ Resources. For more information, please visit the Safe Zone Program site.
  • The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is dedicated to ending the mistreatment of every group based on nationality, race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and job or life circumstances. The GMU/Northern Virginia NCBI office is located in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education on Mason’s campus. The NCBI team seeks to develop leaders, both on and off campus, who can take principled stands, model being feirce allies for all groups, confront emotional group conflicts in an effort to resolve those issues and keep us divided, and build coalitions. The team trains campus and community leaders in the skills of prejudice reduction, intergroup conflict resolution, and coalition building. Learn more about NCBI trainings and workshops offered throughout the year.

Transgender Awareness

Transgender and gender-variant people are the most stigmatized and misunderstood of the larger gender/sexual minority communities (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning). While greater numbers of college students today are coming out as trans and/or are grappling with their gender identity or expression, the challenges these students face are seldom understood by those who are not transgender themselves.

At Mason’s LGBTQ Office we offer support and connection with resources around many of the issues trans students face: navigating campus facilities (bathrooms, showers, changing areas); finding gender specialists to assist in transition; help in upcoming travel and family visits; assistance in managing name change while at Mason.

Transgender folks are also on the front line facing abuse and violence due to sexism, homophobia and transphobia. The National Transgender Day of Remembrance is set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder – like most anti-transgender murder cases – has yet to be solved. Close to home in 2003, over a five day period in nearby Washington, DC, two transgender women were killed, and a third critically injured in anti-transgender attacks. Bella Evangelista was killed on August 16th, Emonie Spaulding was shot to death in the evening of 20th, and a third victim was found unconscious and critically wounded on the 21st.

The LGBTQ office is committed to making Mason a safer and more inclusive environment in every way possible, for our transgender and gender variant members of Mason’s community.

Lavender Graduation

A celebration of LGBTQ students and Allies held in May for the year’s graduating students, and any alumni who wishes to walk.