Leadership YOUnited: Leadership and Ethics and Understanding Our Intricate Identities
The Leadership Mason Conference is a conference grounded on inspiration, education, and solidarity for George Mason Students. For more than ten years, this conference has been uniquely designed for the Fall cohort of students who decide to register for a day of impact. This year’s theme on “YOUnited” quite literally ties together “you” as well as “unity” to call to mind our own roles that we may hold in society. The full theme was, “YOUnited for Positive Change: Ethical Leadership and Understanding Our Intricate Identities.” YOUnited brings into perspective the responsibilities that we each carry so that we don’t attempt to bear the entire weight of the world on our shoulders. Through unity, we have the opportunity to check our privilege, to better ourselves, to be inclusive for a global discourse, and to understand how to improve our leadership style. Thank you so much for being “YOUnited” with us in your development and educational journey of leadership.
Written by: Hannah Licea, Student Office Assistant
Freedom and Learning Fourm: Featuring Jose Antonio Vargas and President Ángel Cabrera
Photo Credit: Creative Services Multimedia and Photography
On October 20th, the Leadership Education and Development Office, Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources, and the President's Office collaborated together to bring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas to campus as part of this semester's Freedom and Learning Forum with President Ángel Cabrera. 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. The event was a huge success with over 250 people in attendance.
Brown Bag Lunch Series: Materialism and Mindfulness
Flyer from November Brown Bag Lunch
On Wednesday, November 14th, the LEAD Office hosted a Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of Materialism and Mindfulness. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is designed to empower and inspire students to make positive change, challenge the systems of oppression that exist, and encourage students to lead more effectively and ethically. A number of both students and faculty came out and engaged in a lively discussion on the importance of mindfulness and why more things don’t make a person happy, as well as how practicing mindfulness can assist you in becoming a better leader. Be on the lookout for our next Brown Bag Lunch on representation in sports in March.
Written by: Batool Ibrahim, Leadership Consultant
2018 Active Leaders Program Highlights
2018 Active Leaders Cohort
20 Mason students fully completed the 9 week Active Leaders program! This year’s group was an amazing mix of graduate and undergraduate, international and domestic students, some with leadership positions and some without. The group focused on Leadership 101, Strengths, Time Management, Values, Intercultural Competencies, Emotional Intelligence, Career Links, Service and Civic Engagement. The group was highly interactive, and learned a lot about the complexities of leadership for positive change.
Alumni Leadership Speaker Series: Successful Skills and Competencies Needed Before Graduation: Choose Your Path at the Alumni Leadership Speaker Series
Featured Mason Alum: Janae Johnson, Charles Nicholson, Sreehima Gadamsetty, Shauntae Barber, and Amir Zonozi
The Alumni Speaker Series was focused towards choosing your own path. The Alumni were very welcoming and open to expressing their experiences at Mason. They inspired the current students to go after their passion and trust the process. Most of the Alumni also mentioned "stepping out of your comfort zone" will take you very far. One of the most important tips was "reading over your resume before an interview." No one wants to be bombarded by a question about an aspect of your resume that you can't remember. The most important aspect of the entire event was to take advantage of the resources at George Mason. These resources include: Career Services, Handshake (previously known as HireMason), offices on campus, job opportunities in the Mason community, and networking with peers and alumni. After the event, multiple students had a chance to talk to Alumni and ask questions individually without interruption. Let's just say you'll have to be there next time. Our next Alumni Speaker Series is March 26, 2019. Mark you calendar and prepare for your future with The Lead Office.
Written by: Jazyerra Pittman, Leadership Consultant and Liwei Xu, Leadership Consultant
Better Angels: Helping Depolarize the USA
LEAD collaborated with the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) to offer a Better Angels Red/Blue workshop bringing together 5-7 conservative/Republican-leaning students and 5-7 progressive/Democratic-leaning students for an evening of structured conversations. In Better Angels parlance, you’re probably “red” if you lean conservative and/or Republican, and you’re probably blue if you lean progressive and/or Democratic. The workshop was facilitated by two moderators who ensured a setting hospitable to red and blue participants alike. The focus was on listening and reflecting, rather than debating and persuading. The goals of the workshop were:
- To better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.
- To see if there are areas of commonality in addition to differences.
- To learn something that might be helpful to others in our community and the nation.
Better Angels, launched in 2016, is a bipartisan citizens’ movement to unify our divided nation. By bringing red and blue Americans together into a working alliance, we’re building new ways to talk with one another, participate together in public life, and influence the direction of the nation. Learn more at www.better-angels.org.
2018 Family Weekend Day of Service Highlights