Multicultural Commitment

As members of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff, we 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, 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.

Dedication to Diversity and Multicultural Competence

CAPS values 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 campus partners, in-service professional development trainings, and off-campus conferences that focus on diversity and multiculturalism. These trainings are 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, staff have attended:

  • LGBTQ SafeZone training
  • Inclusive Learning Community training
  • Working with International Students training
  • Mason Dreamers UndocuAlly training

We work closely with other offices on campus to help create an affirming and inclusive campus environment for our students. Some of those offices include: