its inception in the early ’90s, Mason’s Pride
observances have grown into a week-long event. Pride Week at Mason has
at least two goals: to provide a means for Mason's diverse lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) communities
to celebrate, learn from one another, and build community; and to
provide education about Mason’s LGBTQ communities. Pride Week
events are open to people of all genders and sexual orientations.
This year's Pride Week 2010 runs from March 28 through April 3.
Scheduled events include workshops exploring intersections between
sexuality and race, events about religion and sexuality, the annual
Drag Show, and the posting of over 100 signs across campus depicting
LGBTQ people in history and current popular culture. Mason's Lambda
Alumni Chapter is co-sponsoring an LGBTQ Resource Carnival, in which
twenty or so national, community, and campus organizations will come
together to share their services.
For the full listing and schedule, see the
2010 Calendar of Events.
Maimah Karmo Impacts Lives Through Tiger Lily Foundation
Karmo, BS Communication, ’00, is committed to impacting young
women’s lives before, during, and after breast cancer.
Diagnosed with the disease just six years after she graduated from
Mason, she was shocked to learn 11,000 women under 40 are diagnosed
annually with breast cancer, and younger women have more aggressive
cancers and higher mortality rates.
by a desire to educate women around the world about breast cancer, she
Tiger Lily Foundation during her
second round of chemotherapy. Her organization provides elements of
support to those challenged with breast cancer, and also serves as an
advocate for funding and research. Programs include buddy
matches for those undergoing treatment, survivor support group
meetings, fundraising, and even mammograms for young women without
creation, the Tiger Lily Foundation has achieved national attention.
Karmo has been featured on programs including Good
Morning America and The
Oprah Winfrey Show, sharing her
message of empowerment and education. The author, activist, and mother
is now celebrating her third year of remission.