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Fall 2019 LEAD Highlights

Data compiled by: Sophia Hasnain, Student Office Assistant

LEAD’s professional staff and student Leadership Consultants (LCs) have facilitated over 80 workshops (over 2,000 participants). We have had a large increase in workshop requests and have therefore already surpassed our goal for 2019-2020.

Here's what some of our workshops participants have to say:

  • 86% of the participants who attended our outreach workshops agree or strongly agree with the following statement: "As a result of this workshop I can describe at least one way that I could help make positive change".
  • 84% of the participants in who attended our outreach workshops agree or strongly agree with the following statement: "I would recommend this (program, workshop, etc.), to others."

Participation in LEADs programs/services (number of people at our programs, etc.) is 5,004 as of December 31, 2020. We have already surpassed our goal for 2019-2020.

Hampton Middle School Partnership

Written by: Batool Ibrahim, Student Leadership Consultant

This year the LEAD Office received a grant from the C. Charles Jackson Foundation for $6700 to enhance our partnership with Hampton Middle School (Title 1 School in Prince William County) this past spring.

Mason student leaders who volunteered at the first ever Hampton Husky Family Night

For the past 7 years, LEAD has coordinated various opportunities for leadership development and community engagement Hampton Middle School. The partnership between LEAD and Hampton Middle School not only provides leadership development opportunities for middle school students, it also provides the opportunity for LEAD to recruit and train Mason students to serve as workshop facilitators and mentors to the students in order to inspire leadership development, social responsibility, and personal growth. LEAD’s Student Leadership Consultants, Leadership Advocates, members from the Leadership and Community Engagement Living-Learning Community, Mason DREAMers, F1rst Gen Mason, and several other student leaders work together to lead and facilitate workshops and leadership programming for the students at Hampton Middle School.

Last semester, our Leadership Consultants, Leadership Advocates, and students in the Leadership and Community Engagement LLC hosted 4 workshops, providing leadership education for over 300 middle school students. They focused their training on leadership, team building, communication, and problem-solving. They worked with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students during their Health and PE classes. They are hosting 4 more leadership workshops this spring.

6th grade students from Hampton Middle School participating in one of our leadership workshops

On November 15th, we hosted our first ever Hampton Husky Family Night: The George Mason University Experience. We had over 100 middle school students and their families in attendance. We also had over 40 Mason student volunteers in attendance. The purpose of the program was to:

  • Let families and students know about George Mason University and the opportunities that we have to support students (ex: Early Identification Program, STEP, Mason F1rst Gen, Mason DREAMers, etc.)
  • Let them know about the resources and support systems early - what currently exists out there
  • Encouraged the kids at Hampton to see that going to college is a possibility and that there are a lot of people out there who care about them. Many (if not most) of the students at Hampton Middle School would identify as first generation college students

We were so fortunate to have Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott serve as our official keynote speaker for the Family Night. Lewis Forest, Associate Dean of University Life shared his personal story and connection to Hampton Middle School as an alum of the school and Rhina Ascencio, Associate Director of the Early Identification Program shared information about Mason's Early Identification Program and how students could start applying. We also had several student organizations and departments which included:

  • Early Identification Program
  • Mason DREAMers
  • F1rst Gen Mason
  • Admissions
  • Student Transition Empowerment (STEP Program)
  • The LEAD Office
  • Social Action and Integrative Learning

Dinner and dessert was also sponsored by Van Metre Companies and we were able to provide a hot meal catered by Panda Express for the students and their families.

Small Group from the Incredible Leadership Mason Conference

On Friday December 6th, we hosted the first ever Incredible Leadership Conference (we’ve hosted it before at Hampton Middle School in years past) at Mason and we welcomed 325 sixth grade students, their teachers, and their Assistant Principal to Mason. The conference was fully facilitated and implemented by our Leadership Consultants and several other Mason student leaders (ex: F1rst Gen Mason, LUCKI, STEP, Leadership and Community Engagement LLC, Leadership Advocates, Off-Campus Advisors, and Mason DREAMers). The content and curriculum for the conference was developed by our very own Leadership Consultants and they organized their content around: leadership theory, team building, communication, leadership 101, active citizen and community service, leadership for positive change, and dreaming big.

We were also able to provide a special session for ESOL students (Level 1 – speak and read little to no English) that was completely facilitated in Spanish by our student leaders. We also wanted to extend a huge shout out to Jonathan Carmona from International Programs and Services for translating our entire conference PowerPoint into Spanish and to Julio Diaz from University Life for translating our conference evaluation into Spanish. We also had another ESOL student who spoke only Mandarin and we were able to have a Mason student with her throughout the day to help translate the material into Mandarin. The smile on the student’s face when she realized someone at Mason could speak Mandarin was a moment we will never forget…it was pure joy and excitement.

Here’s what a few sixth graders wrote in response to the following question: What did you enjoy most about participating in the Incredible Leadership Conference?

  • Being able to work with people, to communicate and working together
  • I enjoyed the different activities that helped you become a better leader
  • Learning about how to make a positive change in my community
  • Learning how to help people
  • How interactive it was and it wasn’t a lecture

WE ARE HIRING!! Student Leadership Consultant Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

The opportunities Mason provides for its students are vast; from a world class education, to a variety of clubs and volunteer experiences, students have no shortage of places they can spend their time. Why not be paid while also giving back to the Mason community? The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office is in search of its latest group of Leadership Consultants for the 2020-2021 academic year. In the LEAD Office we strive to challenge and engage students in their personal leadership development while infusing core leadership competencies.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside of a professional staff that will train you how to facilitation leadership workshops. In building up the leadership of others, you will simultaneously continue to grow as a leader yourself. Beyond leadership workshops, you may also have the opportunity to develop your own leadership discussion groups through our Brown Bag series, or work with the next generation of college students through our partnership with Hampton Middle School. Regardless of the exact program pieces you are involved in, you will have the opportunity to enhance your own leadership skills, while simultaneously giving back to the Mason community.

For more info and to apply, visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/lc/

Written by: Derek Smith, Graduate Assistant

Brown Bag Leadership Lunch Discussion

Our amazing student Leadership Consultants, Batool Ibrahim, Sarah Beya, and CC Milbrandt hosted a brown bag discussion on Leading Your Own Life: A Discussion on Happiness and Mental Health.

Something people have in common is our innate desire to be happy. However, what it means to be happy and successful varies from person to person. What do you think affects happiness; wealth, connection to others, careers? How do we act as leaders in our own lives by caring for our mental health? How do we make an impact in the happiness and mental health of our community? Bring your lunch and engage in this discussion about positivity and the stigma surrounding mental health. The brown bag lunch series is designed to empower change, challenge the systems of oppression that exist, and encourage students to lead more effectively and ethically.

Written by: CC Milbrandt, Student Leadership Consultant

Emerging Leaders Cohort: RSVP TODAY!

The Emerging Leaders program is an eight-week (an hour and a half each week) course designed to introduce leadership topics to a cohort of new and beginning leaders. Topics include leadership styles, managing conflict, stress management, and more. You do NOT need to have a leadership position to be a part of this program! The program is for both those who are in, AND not in, leadership positions! For more info and to RSVP, visit: lead.gmu.edu/emergingleaders

Students who participate in the Emerging Leaders Program will:

  • Identify possible leadership involvement opportunities at Mason
  • Establish and build a relationship network with students, faculty, and staff
  • Locate activities and programming on campus and within the LEAD Office to enhance leadership development
  • Define at least one of the Mason Leads Core values and its importance to your leadership practice
  • Articulate a way in which you can apply what you have learned in the Emerging Leaders Program in your everyday leadership practice

Written by: Batool Ibrahim, Student Leadership Consultant

RSVP TODAY for "Right, Wrong or Different?”

LEAD, International Programs and Services, the Dialogue & Difference Project and the Office of Sustainability have an exciting program coming up on Thursday, February 20 from 6-8pm and we would greatly appreciate your help to get the word out. We will be hosting Right, Wrong or Different! This program is designed to bring together international and domestic students for conversations across differences about various topics. Past topics have included: “Patriotism, Nationalism and Terrorism”; “US and Global Perspectives on Free Speech”; “Journalism, Ethics and the Fake News Battle”; “Displaced Populations Taking Refuge”; “Values, Religion and Faith”; Ethical Dilemmas and Gender” and much more. In addition there will be FREE Pizza available for participants!

All Mason students are encouraged to apply, however please note that space is limited. If necessary, students will be selected with the goal of achieving a wide diversity of cultural perspectives. Come on out! It will be a great chance for ALL students to connect around an important topic and it will be discussion based (not lecture). We would love to see you there!

Written by: Emmanuella Serwaa, Student Leadership Consultant

Apply for the 15th Annual Mason LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute is a four day program that helps participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. We believe integrity is at the heart of leadership. As a result, the institute creates space to identify core values and explore how individual choices have an impact on congruence and how we are perceived as leaders. The LeaderShape Institute environment resembles a laboratory more than a formal classroom. Students are encouraged to reflect, practice new skills, risk new behaviors, and give and receive feedback in a safe, supportive atmosphere. The program is attentive to a wide range of learning styles and is interactive and engaging. We believe everyone at the LeaderShape Institute is a teacher and everyone is a learner.

Here’s what past attendees have said about their experience:

  • “Being a part of the LeaderShape Institute at Mason provided me with the BIGGEST transformation throughout my college experience. The things I gained from LeaderShape are things few people, who are lucky enough, get to experience in their lifetime. For the first time in my life, I was given tools to help me define myself.”
  • “I am so grateful to the LEAD office for providing me with that collaborative space and especially for that week-long immersion into those relationships. LeaderShape has continued to impact my outlook on my abilities. I am constantly reflecting on my knowledge learned in the week, and applying it to my day-to-day situations. I often find my motivation comes from thinking about all the goals I set back at LeaderShape. At the end of that week, I walked away so excited to start the Fall semester, feeling very connected to my campus community.”

Important Dates for the 2020 Mason LeaderShape Institute

  • The LeaderShape Institute takes place on May 18-21, 2020
  • Deadline to apply: March 27, 2020
  • Location: The Bishop Claggett Center in Buckeystown, Maryland
  • For more info and to apply visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/institute/

Written by: Batool Ibrahim, Student Leadership Consultant

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