Spring 2018 Events

Book Talk: Race & Policing in the U.S.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018  3:00 PM –  4:00 PM
The MIX—Fenwick Library (NEW LOCATION)

Join us for a book talk with Angela Hattery, Earl Smith, and Devon Johnson. Angela Hattery and Earl Smith will be talking about their new book Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change and Devon Johnson will be speaking on her edited volume Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System.

Annual Women & Gender Studies Faculty & Staff Breakfast
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Johnson Center, #240K – Women and Gender Studies Center
We love to get to know the students on campus, and give them the opportunity to get to know us! This annual breakfast is a networking opportunity so you can engage with faculty, staff, and even other students you don’t often get the chance to!

Vagina Monologues
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Afternoon Preview Show  JC Bistro
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  6:30PM  JC Bistro
Saturday, February 17, 2018  7:00PM  JC Bistro
The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler and will be performed and directed by students at George Mason University. The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. This year The Vagina Monologues is sponsored and sponsored by the Student Support and Advocacy Center with support from partners across campus including Women and Gender Studies. V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, founded by Eve Ensler and the performance raises money for the Mason Victims of Violence Fund.

Sojourner Truth Lecture: Sybrina Fulton
Monday, February 19, 2018 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Johnson Center, JC Cinema
This year’s lecturer is Sybrina Fulton. Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, during a violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country. Ms. Fulton will discuss key themes from her book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin and will participate in a book-sale/signing later after the lecture.


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Women’s History Month Ice Cream Social Kickoff
Thursday, March 1, 2018 2:00 PM
Patriot’s Lounge, SUB 1
Come celebrate the start of Women’s History month with a cup of ice cream, your favorite toppings, and updates on what we’re doing this month. We hope to see you there!

Feminism: The New Wave
Monday, March 5, 2018 4:30 PM – 7:10 PM
JC Gold Room
The fight for equity and parity for all Women in the United States has been a long-standing struggle. At times the fight for Women’s Rights has been essentialist and exclusionary for Women from varying socio-economic statuses and racial and ethnic groups. This program will discuss different waves of Feminism and the Feminists who led those movements. It will compare and contrasts the feminisms of women like bell hooks, Cardi B, Gloria Steinem, Lena Dunham, Gloria Anzaldua, and Janet Mock. Who defines Feminism and polices those borders? Join the discussion!

Self-Love, Self-Care
Wednesday, March 21, 2018  3:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: TBD
Come join Women and Gender Studies, Counseling & Development, and Chi Sigma Iota for a creative self-care event. Share self-care strategies and food while learning how to make personalized buttons. Button designs can be made to reflect self-expression, identity, hobbies, or just be an enjoyable self-care process. Stations will be set up with different paper materials, tools, craft supplies, and button-making machines. Feel free to bring images you enjoy, magazines to use and share, dried and flattened natural materials, thin fabric, or other materials you might like to use. Collage and/or drawing can be used in your design, and all skill levels are welcome!

We’ve Been Here Before: A Conversation for Anti-Violence Activists Moving Forward
Monday, March 26, 2018 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
JC Meeting Room A
Join the Student Support and Advocacy Center and Peer Advocates for a peer-to-peer conversation on the Battered Women’s Movement, Anita Hill, campus activism, the #MeToo movement and more. Help us celebrate Women’s History Month by discussing the brave women who have led the way in the movement to end sexual violence. The conversation will end with ways to dig deep into the anti-violence movement on campus.

Women’s History Month Open Mic
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 4:00 PM
Research Hall, #163
This year’s annual open mic will still make room for student performers, but will also feature two wonderful faculty members who have made such an impact at Mason. Join us for a performance by Suzanne Scott Constantine and Lynne Scott Constantine followed by an open mic for our students, faculty, and staff in celebration of Women’s History Month.  Featured Pieces and Guests: There’s a Crack in Everything: Suzanne Scott Constantine & Lynne Scott Constantine

Danica Roem: Journalism to Politics
Thursday, March 29th, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Verizon Theater (SciTech Campus)
LGBTQ Resources and University Life presents, in honor of both Women’s History Month and LGBTQ Pride Week, Danica Roem. We have asked her to join us on the SciTech Campus to talk about her journey to become a politician after a career as a journalist. Free and open to the public, especially Mason students, faculty, and staff who are supportive of LGBTQ+ communities, and/or interested in becoming part of local politics.

Make Your Own Damn Sandwich
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: TBD
“Make Your Own Damn Sandwich” raises awareness about gender inequality through stations where participants learn about gender-based issues such as the wage gap, consent and sexual violence, intersectionality, the gender binary and sexuality spectrum. By the end of the event, the participants will make their own sandwich, challenging the sexist joke that women should “go make me a sandwich” or “go back to the kitchen”.

Lavender and Women and Gender Studies Annual Graduation
Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: Evening Hours – TBA
Location: JC Bistro
The Lavender and Women and Gender Studies Graduation is an annual collaboration with LGBTQ Resources and Women and Gender Studies to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students. It is open to all Mason students, faculty and staff to attend.


Fall 2017 Events

Welcome2Mason Welcome Pizza Party

Wednesday, August 30, 3017, 240K Johnson Center

The Welcome2Mason Pizza Party is Women and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Resources contribution to welcome week. We will kick off our programming for the year with this social. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Dewberry Hall

Fear2Freedom is an internationally recognized organization that creates kits for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The organization partners with local hospitals and universities to create and pass out the events. This year Women and Gender Studies in collaboration with LEAD and the Student Support and Advocacy Center will be hosting an event for students to create these kits.

Take Back the Night

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, North Plaza
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Rain Location: Patriot’s Lounge

Take Back the Night is a nationally recognized march against domestic violence and sexual assault. It is one of the only events that the center has put on annually since its inception which makes it one of our signature events. This event gives students the opportunity to share their narratives as well as participate in the march. Pizza will be served.

Fall for the Book: Susan Bordo

Wednesday, October 11, 2017,  Johnson Center George’s
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Susan Bordo, professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Kentucky discusses her book The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, in which she outlines this destruction in three key areas: gendered stereotypes and double standards, political forces, and media influence. The Forward wrote that her book “offers a clear analysis of how a candidate who received the overwhelming majority of the popular vote, did not win the presidency.”

Fall for The Book: Janet Mock

Thursday, October 12, 2017, Harris Theater
2:00 p.m.

Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness, TV host, speaker, and trans advocate will speak on navigating her twenties without a roadmap. Her newest memoir Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me traces her journey of becoming an adult: moving out, falling in and out of love, and working her way up in the magazine industry. Her work has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire, The New Yorker, and Allure.

Faculty Brown Bag: Earle Reybold and Erin Peters Burton

October 18, 2017, Thompson Hall Suite 2100, Dean’s Boardroom (2004)
12:00 p.m.

Earle Reybold, Professor of Qualitative Methods and Erin Peters Burton, Associate Professor of Science Education and Educational Psychology will peak on their current research projects. Come join us for light refreshments and excellent scholarship.

Pride is Classy

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm.

Pride is Classy in an event sponsored by LGBTQ Resources and Women & Gender Studies where students can meet professors that teach courses around gender/sexuality and what courses are available to take on those topics in the Spring semester and Summer sessions. This iteration of the event we are expanding the resources category to include those who do not actively teach classes but who may identify as or work closely with LGBTQ+ identities.

GMU’s Women’s Leadership Conference

Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 pm.

A  conference to think critically about how Mason can continue to encourage women to take on leadership roles, to expose students to examples of successful women, to support women at Mason to become leaders on and off campus, and to provide trainings that will prepare women to do so.

For more information, please contact Daniella Melton at

Finals Study Break: Mean Girls & Pizza

Monday, December 11, 2017, Johnson Center 240K
5 p.m.

Each semester, Women and Gender Studies hosts its semiannual Finals Week study break. We will provide pizza, soda, and coffee. Each semester we also screen Mean Girls which has become tradition in the center. Please stop by and take a break from your finals schedule with Women and Gender Studies.

Finals Extended Hours

December 11, 12, 13, 18, Johnson Center 240K
Center open from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Join us as we keep the center open late to meet all your late night finals needs! The center will be open from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.


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