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The LEAD Scoop We believe everyone has the potential to be a leader

About LEAD

Dr. Nick Lennon (Director), Lisa Snyder (Associate Director), Phil Rippa (Office Manager), Emma Schmelzer (Graduate Assistant), Jazyerra Pittman (Leadership Consultant), Gia Ha (Leadership Consultant), Batool Ibrahim (Leadership Consultant), Liwei Xu (Leadership Consultant), Jazyerra Pittman (Leadership Consultant), Hannah Licea (Student Office Assistant), Menahil Rauf (Student Office Assistant), and Zach Fowler (Mason LIFE Student)

The LEAD Office works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to provide leadership education, training, and development for students at all levels of leadership development. We believe that every student has the potential to be a leader and we help students to develop as effective, ethical leaders through a series of workshops, conferences, classes, speakers, dialogues, and retreats. Our programs provide opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world.

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A Letter from the Director

At LEAD, we are extremely fortunate to be able to work for a cause that we truly believe in: the development of more effective, ethical leaders for the world. This is not just a slogan, but something that inspires and drives us. I feel especially fortunate to be able to work with a team of students, faculty and staff that care deeply about their work and who help to make positive change for individuals, groups and society as a whole. We hope that this newsletter provides you with some more information about what we do and we hope to be able to work with you (or continue to work with you) in the future. - Dr. Nicholas Lennon, Director of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office

These days we need leadership and ethics education more than ever. This is what LEAD is actively focused on and we could really use your help to make our efforts go even further. If you are able, we would be truly grateful if you could make a donation (no amount is too small) to help us achieve our vision of more effective, ethical leaders for the world. Thank you in advance for your contribution. Your donation will go towards our leadership programming, including the Mason LeaderShape Institute- a week long off campus retreat that focuses on preparing students to “Lead with Integrity”. During this program students develop a personal vision around a critical social issue that they would like to address (e.g. education, racism, sexual assault). To make a donation to LEAD, click here.

YOUnited for Positive Change: Ethical Leadership and Understanding Our Intricate Identities

The 2018 Leadership Mason Conference is a one-day program focusing on leadership skill development through large group and small workshop formats. Students enhance the leadership skills they already have while gaining new skills that will be beneficial both now and in the future. This year’s theme is YOUnited for Positive Change: Ethical Leadership and Understanding Our Intricate Identities. This year’s conference will allow for students to enhance and build upon their personal leadership skills and presence.

Students will have an opportunity to engage with one another in a thought-provoking, interactive learning environment that will challenge students to think critically around various aspects of the social change model as it connects directly to ethical leadership, diversity, identity development, inclusion and equity, civic engagement and activism, and democracy. Students will have a chance to engage in learning that will focus specifically on areas of ethical leadership, understanding one’s own personal narrative and values, student advocacy, engagement, as well as systematic structures and policies that exist that impact the way we make decisions and the way we choose to lead.

We are very pleased to announce a NEW component to this year's conference. Participants will have an opportunity to join student networking groups called Mason Action Groups, focused around various issues of concern in our global society. Students will have a chance to select the action group they want to be a part of. This year's Actions Group will focus on:

  • Policing of Bodies
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Sexual Assault, Sexism, and Misogyny
  • Immigration
  • Discrimination and Racism
  • Mental Health
  • Civic Engagement, Voting, and Democracy
  • Open Space

These Mason Action Groups, will work together during the conference, to develop plans and set goals to work towards making a positive change in our communities. Faculty, staff, and community leaders will serve as mentors to help with developing framework, understanding what’s important to them, creating a platform to share their message and bring their ideas to life, and supporting a space for learning, growth, and development to occur. The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, October 19th at noon. For more information and to register, visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/leadershipmason/

Chapter Next: Ending Sexual Assault

The Women and Gender Studies Center, the LEAD Office, and the Student Support and Advocacy Center are gearing up for Chapter Next: Ending Sexual Violence. We are committed to not only purposefully educating our campus and community about sexual violence, but we are also asking for a Call to Action to encourage ongoing discussions, trainings, educations, programming, and outreach to help end sexual violence on our campus. We invite you to Join us on Thursday, October 18th as we come together as a Mason community to educate and challenge ourselves as we answer the CALL TO ACTION to END sexual violence in order to begin the real freedom and learning at George Mason University. Program highlights include: engaging and interactive educational pieces, service component, and a call to action. The event will take place in the Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall from 4:00pm-6:00pm. For more information, visit: chapternext.gmu.edu. Show your Mason spirit and pride at Chapter Next by wearing your green and gold!

Freedom and Learning Forum, featuring Jose Antonio Vargas

This semester’s Freedom and Learning forum, hosted by President Ángel Cabrera, University Life, Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ and Questioning Resources, and the Leadership Education and Development Office will focus on the human rights of immigrants. On Saturday, October 20th we are pleased to share that Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Filmmaker, and Undocumented Immigrant, will be joining President Ángel Cabrera in a dialogue focusing on the human rights of immigrants.

Why Jose Antonio Vargas is Captivating Audiences

Jose Antonio Vargas takes audiences deeper into his story, sharing details of his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; through his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hadn't seen in person in over 20 years. With anecdotes from both his own story and the struggles of countless other undocumented immigrants in America, Vargas poignantly explores one of the most divisive questions facing our country today: how do you define "American"?

About Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Define American, the nation's leading nonprofit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. He is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, to be published by HarperCollins in fall 2018.

In 2011, the New York Times Magazine published groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants in a follow-up cover story. He then produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. Broadcasted on CNN and streamed on Netflix, the film received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. In 2015, MTV aired White People, an Emmy-nominated television special he produced and directed on what it means to be young and white in a demographically changing America.

Among accolades he has received are: The Salem Award from the Salem Award Foundation, which draws upon the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692; The Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA; and honorary degrees from Colby College and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Passionate about the role of the arts in society and promoting equity in education, Vargas is a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee, and serves on the advisory board of TheDream.Us, a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant students.

A product of the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a proud graduate of San Francisco State University ('04), where he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and Mountain View High School ('00).

L-TEAM Student Spotlight

"L-TEAM is safe environment that makes everyone feel welcomed. It helps students work more on skills and understand what leadership is. I also love doing the group activities because they are fun and make learning about leadership easy. What I have learned has helped me keep an open mind when working with others. I welcome working in groups more since starting to attend L-TEAM. My goals are to be a better version of myself, work more on having a better understanding of leadership and to stay curious when learning about skills/different philosophies of leadership. Another goal would be to work more in group settings and to be able to focus more on accomplishing similar goals or ideas in and out of L-TEAM." - Justin Serene (Major: B.A in Integrative Studies-Individualized Concentration in Special Education; Anticipated Graduation Year: 2020)

L-TEAM Tuesdays!!!

L-TEAM meeting flyer from September 11th

The L-TEAM (Leadership, Training, Empowerment, And Motivation) is off to another great start for the fall semester. The L-TEAM functions as student ambassadors for leadership by promoting campus involvement, serving as resources, and providing leadership training for students and organizations. One of the ways that the L-TEAM is getting involved this semester is through a collaboration with LEAD’s Leadership Consultants, the Leadership and Community Engagement LLC, and SAIL to deliver leadership training for middle school students at Hampton Middle School. Join us every Tuesday, from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400) for our weekly meetings. Everyone is welcome!

September-October Highlights

Active Leaders 2018

2018 Active Leaders Cohort

Nick Lennon and Gia Ha are currently facilitating our LEAD’s Active Leaders program. Active Leaders is a 10-week seminar designed to provide a more advanced leadership opportunity for Mason students. This year’s group is an amazing mix of graduate and undergraduate, international and domestic students, some with leadership positions and some without. So far, the group has focused on Leadership 101, Strengths, Values, Ethics and Global Competencies. The group is highly interactive, sharing experiences and expertise, all while having a lot of fun learning about the complexities of leadership for positive change.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Flyer from October 10th Brown Bag Lunch Series

Our first Brown Bag Lunch featured a wonderful discussion about mental health that was facilitated by our very own Leadership Consultants, Batool Ibrahim and Gia Ha.

Hampton Middle School Partnership

George M. Hampton Middle School is a Title 1 school situated in Prince William County. Throughout the year, the LEAD Office coordinates various efforts for community engagement at Hampton Middle School including leadership development workshops, a teen night, and a large-scale leadership conference. The George M. Hampton Middle School Leadership Program recruits, trains, and encourages college students to serve as workshop facilitators and mentors to the students in order to inspire leadership development, social responsibility, and personal growth.

The LEAD Office along with several other student organizations (Mason DREAMers, Mason F1rst Gen, Leadership and Community Engagement LLC, and the L-TEAM) and university departments (Admissions, Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, and Social Action and Integrative Learning) partner together to bring leadership workshops to the students at Hampton Middle School. This year we are working with the middle school sports teams. We also will host a full-day leadership conference completely run by Mason students that is held at Hampton Middle School for the kids to participate in April 2019.

This semester, we are working with sports teams from Hampton Middle School! We had a great time working with the Girl's Track and Field Team. We facilitated a 2-hour workshop focusing on team building, communication, and problem solving. We had an amazing time and can't wait to work with the Girl's Volleyball Team next week. If you are interested in volunteering with Hampton Middle School, please contact Lisa Snyder, Associate Director at lsnyder2@gmu.edu.

What's in Store for November???

2018 Family Weekend Day of Service

This year The LEAD Office is coordinating the 2018 Family Weekend Day of Service on Saturday, November 10th in the Johnson Center, Atrium. We invite you to participate in one or more of our signature service opportunities to serve the local community. The Family Weekend Day of Service is open to the entire campus. More information will be visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/familyweekend/. Sponsored by: The Leadership Education and Development Office and New Student Programs and Family Services

Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

Whether you are graduating soon or just starting out at Mason, it is never too early to start thinking about what comes next. Come learn from Mason Alum about their experiences securing internships, preparing for the job search, and how leadership skills apply in their fields. Alum will also share personal stories and experiences about how their campus involvement and engagement has made an impact. The Alumni Leadership Speaker Series is facilitated by our very own Student Leadership Consultants and is open to the entire campus community.

November's Topic: Successful Skills and Competencies Needed Before Graduation: Choose Your Path at the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

Whether you are graduating soon or just starting out at Mason, it's never too soon to start thinking about future endeavors. We invite you to join an amazing panel of Mason Alumni from multiple professional fields. Our alumni will be sharing their college experiences and personal growth that led them to where they are today. Find out what leadership skills that embarked upon at George Mason! Find out what skills you would like to enhance at the Alumni Speaker Series. The Alumni Leadership Speaker Series will take place on Tuesday, November 13th from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400). To RSVP, visit: RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/bFvKVwxq823z5zYQ2

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