Through collective and collaborative work with campus and community partners, The Office for Coalition Building and Diversity Education will support, build and enhance the understanding of interpersonal identities to respond to systemic inequities, through engagement, advocacy, and education.
The Office for Coalition Building and Diversity Education (CBDE) at George Mason University will be a catalyst for change by creating, promoting and sustaining an inclusive and equitable campus community.
The Office for Coalition Building and Diversity Education champion practices, programs, events, policies and learning opportunities that are rooted in a culture of belonging through the lenses of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and collective liberation. We aim to L.I.B.E.R.A.T.E.:
Listen: We provide consultation for both those affected by prejudice, and those leaders working to remedy it.
Include: We ensure the consideration of all Mason community members as we advocate for spaces, resources, and policies that support a more just campus and society.
Bridge: We work to give internal and external partners and organizations platforms to discuss, address, and participate in dismantling reoccurring patterns of systemic biases.
Engage: We provide transformative opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to connect with one another over differing and sometimes contentious ideas.
Reform: We collaborate with campus partners to make policy changes that will directly support a culture of belonging and be a catalyst for reconciliation for the Mason community.
Advise: We offer informed counsel to support organizations in their efforts to unionize, mobilize, and galvanize their communities.
Teach: We serve as an epicenter of innovative and creative diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational training and workshops for personal and professional development opportunities.
Empower: With intentionality, we strive to uplift community members to be their full authentic selves by: connecting members to interested affinity groups; identifying and challenging negative beliefs; and equipping them with effective skills to self-advocate to better understand their needs and how to meet them.