Support Resources

Employee Resource and Support Groups

Employee Resource and Support Groups are for employees to meet with others in the Mason community with like-minded interests for networking and support. We encourage you to find the resource or support group that fits your needs.

For more information, or if you would like to create your own group, please contact engagehr@gmu.edu.

Adult Caregivers Support Group

This group is currently on hiatus and looking for new leadership. If you are a Mason faculty or staff member currently caring for an adult loved one (i.e. adult child, spouse/partner, parent), who is interested in re-forming the group, please contact engagehr@gmu.edu.

Aging Parents Employee Support Group

Join other Mason employees navigating the challenges related to having aging parents. This group is for employees with aging parents who are looking to connect with others, share advice, and be part of a supportive community.

The group will meet monthly over Zoom on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact Laura Winkler at lwinkler@gmu.edu.

Black Male Faculty and Staff Group

Join fellow Black male faculty and staff for meetings on a monthly basis for meaningful conversation and support, as well as occasional in-person activities. For the meeting schedule, to be included on the Black Male Faculty and Staff listserv, or if you have any questions, please contact Philip Wilkerson at pwilkers@gmu.edu

Faculty Affinity Groups

As part of Mason's commitment to inclusive excellence, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development supports faculty and doctoral students’ affinity groups. These groups provide our diverse faculty and doctoral students with a sense of community, inclusion, and belonging as well as a safe space for discussion. The faculty affinity groups are open to all instructional/research faculty—tenured, tenure-track, term, and adjuncts. The doctoral students’ affinity group is open to doctoral and MFA students from historically underserved groups.

For more information, visit the Provost website or contact Dr. Milagros (Millie) Rivera at mriver4@gmu.edu.

Fiscal Support and Connections Network

The Fiscal Support and Connections Network (FSCN) provides an open forum for the campus community to discuss fiscal policies and procedures, give feedback, present new ideas for improvement, and gain knowledge from colleagues on common best practices. We encourage all employees to engage with Fiscal Services by attending monthly meetings, joining the FSCN Group on MS Teams, and subscribing to the monthly Newsletter.

To join, visit the FSCN website or email fscomm@gmu.edu.

Mason Academic Advisor Network (MAAN)

The Mason Academic Advisor Network (MAAN) was formed to help promote advisor collaboration, advisor development and disseminate information to all undergraduate academic advisors in a timely fashion. The MAAN aspires to create a culture of advising excellence at Mason that encourages development and collaboration amongst all of its advisors. For more information on the group or to join, check out the MAAN website.

Mason Administrative Professionals

Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) welcomes anyone working at Mason who considers themselves to be in an administrative role. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For information and meeting details, please email Lillian Virgil at lvirgil@gmu.edu.

Mason LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance

The Mason LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance advocates for a campus that is safe, inclusive, and supportive with regard to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (LGBTQ+), and allied faculty, staff, and students. If you would like to join, please visit the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance page or email Holly Mason at hmason2@gmu.edu.

Mason Military Spouses and Partners Group

Join other military partners and spouses for a monthly brown bag lunch and conversation. Members connect with others, share advice and discuss valuable resources for Mason military spouses and partners.

If you are interested in joining or have questions, please contact Ginny Scott at gscott21@gmu.edu.

Mason Needleworks

Join beginner and seasoned knitters and crocheters for time to work on a variety of projects, such as infant, toddler and child hats for Mason employees. The revival meeting of Mason Needleworks will be held on Tuesday, January 17 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Merten Hall 4104. Materials provided. For more information, contact Jessica Holtzman at jholtzma@gmu.edu.

Toastmasters Club

George Mason University Toastmasters Club (GMUT) can help you improve your communication and leadership skills. Guests are always welcome! Check the George Mason Toastmasters website for meeting dates, times, and locations.

Working Dads Support Group

This group is currently on hiatus and looking for new leadership. If you are a Mason Dad who is interested in re-forming the group, please contact Bryan Regalado at bregalad@gmu.edu.

Working Mothers Support Group

The Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason is one way Mason faculty, staff, and students can come together, discuss the issues confronting working mothers, and perhaps motivate changes on campus. If you are interested in sharing stories and being part of an informal organization of working mothers, please visit the Working Moms Support Group website for more information.

For additional information or questions, please contact engagehr@gmu.edu.