Welcome to Perspectives!

Welcome to Perspectives, a new newsletter that includes events, stories, and opportunities for education from our team in Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education & Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources! Thank you for opting in to learn more about us and the diverse community of students, graduates, faculty, and staff here at Mason. Included in each newsletter is an overview of all the amazing events and programs we organize and support as well as previews of our upcoming events for the month. For our Spring 2018 edition, we are featuring a special farewell dedication to two members of our staff who are graduating this semester. We also have information on the various graduations (listed in the right column) and involvement opportunities for scholarships and service.This newsletter will showcase stories, scholarships, and communities.

Special thanks to our Assistant Director in Outreach and Marketing, Katlin Barrett, for making this newsletter happen, as well as our student staff contributors: Nina Johnson, Eric Williams, and Hannah Vandegrift.

Check out our video below for an introduction to our staff as well as highlights from all of the awesome heritage months, celebratory weeks, and other events hosted by Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ+ Resources!

If you would like to contribute to the newsletter and have your story, travel pictures, articles, book/movie reviews, Mason experience, or anything else featured over the summer, please submit your work at or through our submission form:

Special thanks to our Assistant Director in outreach and marketing, Katlin Barrett, for making this newsletter happen, as well as our student staff contributors: Nina Johnson, Eric Williams, and Hannah Vandegrift.

Upcoming Events






STEP Graduation

May 4th from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, SUB I 3B

Latinx Graduation

May 6th, 2:30 PM, Johnson Center, Dewberry South RSVP Here

Black Graduation

May 14th from 6:00 PM -8:00 PM, Johnson Center, Dewberry

Lavender and Women and Gender Studies Graduation

May 14th from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Johnson Center, Bistro

ODIME and LGBTQ+ Resources Rewind (2017-2018)

The 2017/2018 school year was full of successful heritage months and celebratory weeks. In case you missed them, or want to relive the magic, here are highlights from some of our biggest events of the semester! We also have an introduction to our full time and student staff for those unfamiliar with the office. Click here to see the video.

Spring 2018 Graduate Spotlights

Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ Resources is proud to announce the graduation of

-Phill Dubuche, Community Health Major with a Concentration in Clinical Sciences

-Aneesa Ansari, Government/International Politics

-Alexandro Villaroell, STEP Participant and Mentor (2016), Criminology, with Minors in Informational Technology and Arabic

-Rula Tareq, Government and International Politics

-Brian Kousassi, STEP Participant and Mentor (2017), Global Affairs with a Concentration International Development

-Diana Maeto, STEP Participant and Senior Mentor (2017-2018), Sociology

George Mason senior and ODIME employee Rula Tareq shares her experiences at Mason and working at ODIME before she graduates this May.

Rula Tareq 

Major: Government and International Politics
Position/s at ODIME: Outreach Coordinator/Receptionist
Has worked in the office since: August 2014
How have your experiences at ODIME/George Mason shaped you?
Over my past 4 years at Mason, ODIME has provided me with a safe space on campus. Any problem I have run into, whether it be academic, financial or personal, the ODIME team has stood by me every step of the way. As a freshman, I looked to Jumana who wore a hijab just like me for strength and inspiration. Teejay supported me in any academic and scheduling decisions when my advisors failed to do their jobs. Jen supported me in any way she could when financial aid failed me as a student on endless occasions. Sonia allowed me to work around every conflict and commitment I had when it came to my schedule in the office. Gary was there to listen to every complaint I had about crazies roaming our campus. Rebecca always managed to put a smile on my face, even on my worst days. Dr. Yu made himself available to me at any given moment as I was going through the loss of my mom my sophomore year. And of course, I have made an endless number of friends and allies thanks to this office. I can truly say without this office, I would not have made it through my time at Mason.

Plans after graduating Mason:
Pursuing a Masters Degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies and Mason!

As we say farewell to Rula, we are also saying goodbye to several other student employees this semester. Full time staff member, our Assistant Director in Programming  Dr. Michelle Allen, graduated with a E.d.D this year in Cultural Curriculum studies.

Dr. Michelle Allen

Position at ODIME: Assistant Director of Programming
Has worked in the office since: I started working here in September 2017. So approximately 8 months.
Degree/s: I am graduating with my Ed.D. is Cultural Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University. I graduated with my Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University in 2013. I graduated with my Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Savannah State University in 2008.

How has working at ODIME/Mason shaped or influenced you?
Working in ODIME over the past 8 months has assisted in the exponential growth in both my cultural competency and self-efficacy. Working with such a diverse and immensely talented group of students has been rewarding and allowed me to assist the office in creating amazing and impactful programs and events. It has truly been an honor to join a staff of people dedicated to social justice, equity, and student development. George Mason University and ODIME has left an indelible mark on my career and me personally.

Mabruk! Ramadan and Graduation


Amber E. Hampton invites you to learn more about Ramadan this year, as graduation falls under Ramadan 2018. "The month of May at George Mason University is a time for celebration. For some it is the close of an academic year, for others it is a transition from student to alumni following graduation...

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Congratulations on Graduation & Ramadan Mubarak!

by Amber E. Hampton

The month of May at George Mason University is a time for celebration. For some it is the close of an academic year, for others it is a transition from student to alumni following graduation. This month is also a time that is sacred for graduates and their families who celebrate the month of Ramadan. During this month, Muslims, who follow the religion of Islam, participate in 30 days of fasting (dawn to sunset), while also increasing their time for self-reflection, a deepening of faith, and an investment in community.

As some may know, the Islamic calendar aligns with the lunar cycle, shifting the time of holidays each year. For example, in 2017, Ramadan was observed between May 26th and June 24th, but in 2018, it will be between May 15th and June 14th (graduation is May 18th). Over the course of a lifetime, Muslims who celebrate Ramadan will experience it in every season, including the warm summer months that have long days, and the colder times of the year, when fasting might feel closer to skipping lunch since the days are shorter.

I invite you to learn more about Ramadan this year to understand its importance and especially to understand if that graduation reception buffet isn’t frequented by folks who are observing the fast J. This is also a great time to give your fellow graduates who are Muslim two times the love, sharing congratulations AND well wishes as they enter into the holy month of Ramadan.

Here are some helpful phrases to get you started!

Congratulations – Mabruk (pronounced: “Mah-bruuke”)


Happy Ramadan – Ramadan Mubarak (pronounced: “Rah-ma-don Moo-bar-rek”)

رمضان مبارك

Writing on the Walls (Infographic)

Writing on the Walls is an event hosted by Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ resources at the end of each semester for a "feedback party" in order to gauge the impact of our programming and connect with students who may not know who we are on what we provide to the campus. Check out the results of the feedback from last semester, Fall 2018

Writing on the Walls Infographic.PDF

Want to go to Peru this summer? Want a scholarship too?

From July 21 to July 28, 2018, Mason Abroad is hosting a course on Conservation and Sustainability of the Amazon in Iquitos, Peru. Scholarship funding is available for areas between North and South America for underrepresented students. Apply for the course, and then contact Professor Mike Gilmore ( and Professor Andrew Wingfield ( if you are interested in receiving scholarship support.

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