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Two Environmental and Sustainability Studies majors were selected as Global Sustainability Scholars

Two Environmental and Sustainability Studies majors were selected as Global Sustainability Scholars

The rising juniors, both of whom are majoring in environmental and sustainability studies, have been selected as Global Sustainability Scholars, a National Science Foundation and Future Earth program focusing on global sustainable development that trains undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. During three summers, students travel abroad, conduct research and build their professional networks.

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Three SIS Faculty Awarded Grants

Three SIS Faculty Awarded Grants

Dr. Al Fuertes was awarded the 2019 Term Faculty Development Fund. Dr. Graziella McCarron & Dr. Aoi Yamanaka were awarded the 2019 NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Ed) grant.

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SIS Alum took home top prize at LGBTQ Research Symposium.

SIS Alum took home top prize at LGBTQ Research Symposium.

Jayna Tavarez, who majored in INTS with a Social Justice & Human Rights concentration, just won the Outstanding Student Paper Award for an essay she wrote based on her masters thesis. She received the award from the LGBTQ Research Symposium, a national gathering in its seventh year, which met this year in Illinois.

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2019 SIS Degree Celebration Information

2019 SIS Degree Celebration Information

Wednesday, May 15th at 10:00 in the Center for the Arts. All graduating Integrative Studies, Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Bachelor of Individualized Studies students will be recognized on stage.

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SIS Associate Professor Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, recipient of the 2019 Mason Teaching Excellence Award

SIS Associate Professor Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, recipient of the 2019 Mason Teaching Excellence Award

Outstanding teaching is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The Teaching Excellence Awards are both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgment of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring.

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Professor Susan Howard wins 2019 Career Connection Award

Professor Susan Howard wins 2019 Career Connection Award

The Career Connection Faculty Award is an annual award celebrating Mason faculty and staff who make a positive impact on students' career goals, employment plans, or graduate school preparation. Recipients go above and beyond the expectations of their role and devote extra time and energy to helping students prepare for life after Mason.

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Third annual Giving Day is April 4

Third annual Giving Day is April 4

Mason alumni, faculty and staff have the opportunity to unite and show a tangible sign of the strength and commitment of Mason Nation. Find out how to support the cause or program which means the most to you

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2019 Sultan Writing Award Winner

2019 Sultan Writing Award Winner

Mr. Steven A. Sultan and Mrs. Susan E. Sultan established the Jon Sultan Writing Award in memory of their son, Jon, who was an integral part of the first Integrative Studies cohort in 1995. School of Integrative Studies (SIS) will present the Jon Sultan Writing Award to a first year student who shows exceptional talent, versatility, and potential as a writer. The Sultan Award winner receives $1000.00!

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Sibs & Kids Weekend 2019

Sibs & Kids Weekend 2019

Sibs & Kids Weekend is Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28, and we invite Mason faculty, staff, and students to register their kids and siblings ages 6-18 to experience the excitement of life as a Patriot! All Sibs & Kids Weekend participants must register at masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu. The cost is $15 for Mason faculty/staff members, $25 for participants (ages 6-18), and free for Mason students. All participants will receive giveaways, a Sibs & Kids Weekend t-shirt, entrance to all events on the schedule including meals, access to Mason Recreation facilities, and parking on the Fairfax campus.

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Mason First Gen Leadership Summit

Mason First Gen Leadership Summit

The First Gen Leadership Summit is specifically designed for Mason students who identify as first-generation college students. The summit is a one-day program focusing on leadership skill development through both large and small group experiences. Participants will have a chance to engage and connect with other first-generation college students around leadership, ethics, diversity, identity development, inclusion, and well-being. Register today for this incredible program!

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2019 Homecoming Information

2019 Homecoming Information

In February 2019, you’ll be able to join the Patriot Activities Council, Mason Athletics, Student Involvement, and the Alumni Association for a week-long celebration! Check back for more information for the week of events, tailgate, and the game.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrant Teachers

While immigrants comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 11 percent of all teachers. This paper and infographic provide a statistical and demographic portrait of immigrant teachers in the United States and highlight differences between native- and foreign-born teachers as well as between postsecondary and non-postsecondary teachers.

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Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-7pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor The results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and there will likely be important consequences for immigration policy. Come hear expert panelists and policymakers discuss their predictions for immigration in 2019 and beyond.

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Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Immigrants in our communities thrive when they are given the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. In this free webinar, learn what local leaders can do to include immigrants' interests, safeguard their families, and ensure they can contribute to their fullest potential.

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IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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Summer research scratches itch for knowledge

Summer research scratches itch for knowledge

Junior environmental and sustainability studies major Ben Rhoades and senior environmental science major Elizabeth Rush were two of six students studying techniques of turning agricultural fields into native ecosystems

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Mason cited as a best college for adult learners.

Mason cited as a best college for adult learners.

George Mason University is ranked No. 6 nationally by Washington Monthly Magazine as a best four-year college for adult learners. Since 1975, the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) program has been Mason's adult degree completion program focused only on adult learners and their individual situations

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College Colors Day: Friday, August 31st

College Colors Day: Friday, August 31st

College Colors Day is nationally organized by our partner, IMG College Licensing, and was first celebrated in 2005. It always falls on the Friday before Labor Day. College Colors Day seeks to celebrate and promote the spirit that makes college traditions great, such as “back-to-school”, by encouraging students, faculty/staff, alumni and fans to wear apparel of their favorite college throughout the day of Friday, August 31, 2018.

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Dr. Gregory Unruh to Present Well-Being Workshop at Floyd Yoga Jam

Dr. Gregory Unruh to Present Well-Being Workshop at Floyd Yoga Jam

CWB Senior Scholar Dr. Gregory Unruh will present a well-being workshop at the Floyd Yoga Jam festival in Floyd, Virginia. His workshop, "Discovering Your Realms of Being," will feature conversation, reflection, and a group activity designed for participants to discover their distinct realms of being. Distinguishing these distinct "selves" opens new opportunities for being and action in the world.

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New Student Convocation!

New Student Convocation!

Mason faculty and staff are invited to join President Cabrera, Provost Wu, and the senior administration in welcoming incoming freshmen and transfer students as they start their Mason experience!

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2018 Scholarships Coming Soon!

2018 Scholarships Coming Soon!

Qualified students can apply to three different scholarships offered by the School of Integrative Studies. The application deadline will be October 15, 2018. Click here to learn more!

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Foreign Language Placement Testing

Foreign Language Placement Testing

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers language placement tests in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Russian, and Spanish. The department administers these tests to determine placement into the most appropriate course. Students who have prior experience with a foreign language in their high school and plan to register for courses in that language at George Mason should take the test before registering. Students transferring foreign language courses from other higher education institutions may not need to take the placement test.

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Fall for the Book announces 20th anniversary headliners

Fall for the Book announces 20th anniversary headliners

A star-studded lineup of poets, historians and novelists includes (left to right) Tayari Jones, Congressman John Lewis, Elizabeth Strout, Elizabeth Kostova and Angie Thomas. The four-day event is at Mason and locations around Northern Virginia. Learn more about the festival, including a new book prize.

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See what courses are being offered by the School of Integrative Studies this fall!

See what courses are being offered by the School of Integrative Studies this fall!

The School of Integrative Studies (SIS) curriculum allows students to integrate research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines and experiences. Students access all the resources offered at Mason and draw the critical connections they will need among the topics they study, the experiences they have, the personal reflections they create and the careers they pursue. Integrative studies encourages students to identify today’s complex problems and pursue opportunities inside and outside the classroom, synthesizing theory and practice.

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Angela Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, receives The United Bank Presidential Medal for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Angela Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies Program, receives The United Bank Presidential Medal for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Established a year ago with the support of generous endowments from university benefactors, the 2018 Presidential Faculty Excellence Medals represent the university’s highest recognition of faculty members who exemplify our ideals of excellence: teaching innovation, research and scholarship of consequence, diversity and inclusion, and social impact in our community and around the world.

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Integrative Studies Alumni, Eric Forbes,  Receives Jack C. Wood Award for Strong University-Community Relations

Integrative Studies Alumni, Eric Forbes, Receives Jack C. Wood Award for Strong University-Community Relations

President Ángel Cabrera (far left) and Jack Wood (second from the right) present the John C. "Jack" Wood Award for Town Gown relations to Eric Forbes (second from the left), Zeponic Farms, the Media Literacy and Civil Dialogue Skills Workshops partnership between the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Fairfax County Public Libraries, Niyati Dhokai and Toni-Michelle Travis.

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Green Game Earns National Honors

Green Game Earns National Honors

Thanks to more than 70 volunteers, Mason's annual Green Game on Feb. 24 landed Mason in third place for the national RecycleMania GameDay Basketball competition. More than 90 percent of waste was diverted from trash to compost and recycling. Learn more about the game and Mason's sustainability efforts.

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2018-2019 Alternative Breaks Applications Are Now Open!

2018-2019 Alternative Breaks Applications Are Now Open!

Each year Social Action & Integrative Learning (SAIL) have Alternative Spring Break trips that focus on issues ranging from Ecosystem Restoration in Florida to Education, Literacy, and Community Development in Guatemala. The purpose of these trips is to critically engage students in social justice work through education and community service.

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Have you ever wanted to go to the Amazon rainforest? Now is your chance!

Have you ever wanted to go to the Amazon rainforest? Now is your chance!

Conservation and Sustainability of the Amazon Rainforest is a GMU field studies program in the Peruvian Amazon that will run from July 21-28, 2018. The program is made up of 2 courses for a total of 5-6 credits (this varies based on INTS or BIOL credits) and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate course credit. The cost of the entire program is $3,225, including the credits (which is at the in-state rate for everyone!). Airfare is not included.

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George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy hosts 2nd annual Mason Energy Symposium

George Mason University’s Center for Energy Science and Policy hosts 2nd annual Mason Energy Symposium

The second annual symposium, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Research Hall, Room 163, on the Fairfax Campus, will advance understanding of the international and domestic aspects of our most basic and critical needs – an abundant and reliable supply of water and energy. The event is hosted by Richard Kauzlarich and Paul Houser, co-directors of Mason's Center for Energy Science and Policy. The event is free but registration is required. Find out more.

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Patriot Green Fund is looking for 4 students to serve on committee

Patriot Green Fund is looking for 4 students to serve on committee

Administered by our Office of Sustainability, Mason’s Patriot Green Fund (PGF) provides $100,000/year to advance more sustainable campus infrastructure and to support our research to address sustainability challenges in our region. The majority-student PGF selection committee currently seeks 4 dynamic student representatives for the 2018/2019 academic year. Positions are open for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Spring into Well-Being Week

Spring into Well-Being Week

George Mason University hosts its annual Spring into Well-Being celebration every year with a wide variety of engagement opportunities and events across campus. Most Spring into Well-Being events are FREE and open to the public. Learn more about all of the events here!

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"Policing Black Bodies"

"Policing Black Bodies"

In this audio interview about their new book, Mason's Angela Hattery and Earl Smith speak about young black males being lost in the school-to-prison pipeline, characterized by the criminalization of minor infractions on campus.

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Youth sought for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps

Youth sought for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps

Looking to launch your environmental career? Or know a young person who is? Soon-to-be college grads and high school seniors interested in a gap year can gain vital green jobs skills and build a network of connections in the environmental field through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program.

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Social Innovation Students Eager to Attend 2018 Maker Fair at Mason

Social Innovation Students Eager to Attend 2018 Maker Fair at Mason

The event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18, pairs local makers with the Mason entrepreneurial community in a family-friendly atmosphere. Hands-on demonstrations will include woodworking, blacksmithing, drones, 3-D printing and soldering. The events will be held indoors and outdoors and spread out among different venues at the MIX, the Johnson Center and the Hub

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Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute

Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute

The Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute (VFSLI) prepares rising leaders in the area of sustainable food systems by combining pertinent content knowledge in food systems, competency development in leadership, and direct experience helping re-localize Virginia's food systems. Learn how you can be a part of this!

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Graduate and Professional Student Association to Host Interdisciplinary Conference in April

Graduate and Professional Student Association to Host Interdisciplinary Conference in April

Graduate student opportunities Mason's Graduate And Professional Student Association invites graduate students to participate in the 2018 Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Saturday, April 7, at Founders Hall on the Arlington Campus. The conference highlights the outstanding research of our graduate student community. The conference also features the Mason Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

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CBS: Assistant Prof. Erakat Talks about the Palestinian Reaction to Trumps Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Isrea's Capital

CBS: Assistant Prof. Erakat Talks about the Palestinian Reaction to Trumps Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Isrea's Capital

Right and Wrong: Students Discuss Displaced Populations

Right and Wrong: Students Discuss Displaced Populations

On the night of Oct. 14, a group of students came together to ask, “Right, Wrong or Different?” The theme of this semester’s discussion was the ethical issues surrounding the global treatment of displaced populations, commonly referred to as refugees.

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Noura Erakat Interviewed by Al-Jazeera America

Noura Erakat Interviewed by Al-Jazeera America

New Century College Assistant Professor Noura Erakat was interviewed by Al-Jazeera America. In this interview, Erakat responds to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s address to the seventieth session of the United Nations on October 1, 2015. Erakat offers expertise and insight into Netanyahu’s speech as well as Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the Assembly.

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Fuertes Travels to Philippines and Rwanda

Fuertes Travels to Philippines and Rwanda

For many people, summer break is an opportunity to relax and slow down, but for New Century College faculty member Al Fuertes this summer was a time to pursue his own teaching, research and outreach to diverse audiences overseas.

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Mason Launches Master's Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights

Mason Launches Master's Degree in Social Justice and Human Rights

This fall, students can begin their studies in an interdisciplinary master’s degree (MAIS) in Social Justice and Human Rights. Joining the current Integrative Studies concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights and the minor in Social Justice, this MAIS degree expands on Mason’s commitment to prepare the next generation of social justice advocates and change agents.

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Paul Gorski Receives Summer Research Funding Award

Paul Gorski Receives Summer Research Funding Award

New Century College Associate Professor Paul Gorski has been awarded research funding through George Mason’s competitive Summer Research Funding program. The program, administered by Mason’s Office of Research and Economic Development, awards funding to accepted faculty proposals seeking to engage in scholarly activity during the summer months.

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Students Join Activists Addressing Social, Political and Economic Justice

Students Join Activists Addressing Social, Political and Economic Justice

The new Social Justice concentration being offered by New Century College offers a unique path for students to learn about and engage with their world. Developed by Kelly Dunne, Al Fuertes, and Paul Gorski, the concentration offers students a course of study focused on how bias, discrimination, and prejudice affect individuals and society, as well as how diverse social justice issues intersect.

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Gorski Wins 2011 Faculty Vision Award

Gorski Wins 2011 Faculty Vision Award

Paul Gorsky received the Faculty Vision Award, presented to one faculty member each year by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services. This award is for Gorsky's commitment to social justice, activism, and fostering student success within the George Mason University community.