As members of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff, we consistently strive to integrate multiculturalism into the everyday functioning and structure of our agency. We have a great appreciation for the dignity and worth of each person we encounter. In our work, we advocate a philosophy of acceptance, compassion, and support for those we serve and provide an emotionally safe and respectful environment. We support students of all identities including age, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, mental and physical ability, national origin, religion, spirituality, size, socio-economic status, immigration status, political perspective, and worldview. In so doing, we strive to provide services that foster the development of behaviors necessary for success at George Mason University as well as in a complex global environment.
Campus partners and related programs:
- Disability Services
- International Cafe
- INTO Mason
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Resources (LGBTQ Resources)
- Office of Military Services
- Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME)
- Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS)
- Women and Gender Studies
- Student Organizations
Dedication to Diversity and Multicultural Competence
CAPS values on on-going cultural competence and acknowledges that continued self-awareness and training are vital to developing our individual and collective cultural competence. As such, staff are supported in attending on-campus trainings provided by various departments intended to increase knowledge and awareness of working directly with students representing various intersecting identities. These identities may include race or ethnicity, sexual/gender identities, documentation status, ability status, and other salient identities. For example, many staff have attended:
- LGBTQ SafeZone training
- Inclusive Learning Community training
- Working with International Students training
- Mason Dreamers – UndocuAlly training
Additionally, staff are supported in attending off-campus conferences that focus on diversity and multiculturalism. Staff members also participate in several in-service professional development trainings that focus on increasing cultural competence. Past trainings have included working with the trans* community, student-veterans, and international students.
Staff members who are pre-doctoral interns also participate in bi-weekly multicultural case conference, focusing on acknowledging our own worldview and biases related to specific communities. Engaging in these conversations has not only increased staff awareness of themselves in relation to their work, but has also allowed us to recognize the diversity that exists within CAPS. The awareness and insight that we gain from these meetings inform our work with Mason’s diverse student population.
GMU 24 hour Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Hotline
Veterans' Crisis Hotline
Counseling and Psychological Services