About

Registration for the Leadership Mason Experience will be conducted via Mason 360. To register, visit: https://mason360.gmu.edu/LEAD/rsvp_boot?id=771079. 

Cheat Sheet for Step-by-Step Instructions to register via Mason 360, click here. 

Each year the Leadership Education and Development Office hosts our annual Leadership Mason Experience focusing on leadership skill development through large group and small workshop formats. Due to COVID-19 and University safety protocol, we are excited to share that we will be hosting an interactive, and engaging Leadership Mason Virtual Experience that will have opportunities that you can choose from which are spread out across 3-weeks .   This year's Leadership Mason Virtual Experience will take place October 2-17, 2020. 

This year’s Leadership Mason Experience will focus on Leadership for Positive Change and provide students with the opportunity 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 virtual learning environment that will challenge students to think critically around the following leadership focus areas: (1) student activism and civic engagement, (2) well-being, self-care, and community care, (3) ethical leadership, (4) diversity, inclusion, and identity development, and (5) career exploration and mentoring. 

As a result of participating in the 2020 Leadership Mason Experience, participants will be able to: 

  • Engage with participants in discussions around the following leadership focus areas (1) student activism and civic engagement, (2) well-being, community care, and self-care, (3) ethical leadership, (4) diversity, inclusion, and identity development, and (5) career exploration and mentoring  
  • Describe at least one way that can promote positive social change within an organization or in society in general 
  • Articulate at least one new university policy, resource, or procedure that exists at Mason that enhances your leadership experience and campus involvement 
  • Identify at least one new relationship that they established while participating  
  • Participate in active self-reflection regarding leadership and how they use their experience to contribute to positive change  

Registration

Registration for the Leadership Mason Experience will be conducted via Mason 360. To register, visit: https://mason360.gmu.edu/LEAD/rsvp_boot?id=771079. 

Cheat Sheet for Step-by-Step Instructions to register via Mason 360, click here. 

DISCOVER YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! 
This year's Leadership Mason Virtual Experience allows for students to choose sessions they are most interested in learning more about.  We are excited to share that we are offering over 20 different educational sessions that will take place on a variety of different days and times.  Students will be able the select the sessions they want to engage in and Mason 360 will help track each student's personal Leadership Mason Experience journey.  See below for more details around student program participation requirements. Registration for the Leadership Mason Experience will be conducted via Mason 360. If you want to participate in the Leadership Mason Experience and receive credit for one of the tracks, you MUST follow the registration information below.

http://lead.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/LM-Experience-Calendar-of-Events.pdf

Registration Instructions

  • STEP 1: Register for the Leadership Mason Experience via Mason 360
  • STEP 2: Decide which track you want to take part in (Track #1 or Track #2 - info about each track is listed below.  Students can switch tracks at any point.)
    • Track #1
      • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Kick Off (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
      • 1 program of your choice from 3 of the following focus areas (Please note that certain events will fill multiple buckets and that is okay.  You will get credit for both)  
        • Focus area: student activism and civic engagement
        • Focus area: well-being, self-care, and community care
        • Focus area: ethical leadership
        • Focus area: diversity, inclusion, and identity development
        • Focus area: career exploration and mentoring
      • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Closing Session (3 sessions will be provided, students only need to participate in 1 of the closing sessions) (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
      • Complete the Leadership Mason Experience Evaluation after the Closing Program
      • Students complete Track #1, will receive a certificate and digital badge via Mason 360.
    • Track #2
      • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Kick Off (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
      • 1 program of your choice from all of the focus areas (Please note that certain events will fill multiple buckets and that is okay.  You will get credit for both)  
        • Focus area: student activism and civic engagement
        • Focus area: well-being, self-care, and community care
        • Focus area: ethical leadership
        • Focus area: diversity, inclusion, and identity development
        • Focus area: career exploration and mentoring
      • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Closing Session (3 sessions will be provided, students only need to participate in 1 of the closing sessions) (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
      • Complete the Leadership Mason Experience Evaluation after the Closing Program
      • Students who participate in all of the above, will receive a T-Shirt, certificate, and digital badge via Mason 360
  • STEP 3: Register for the opening event via Mason 360 (this is required for all participants)
  • STEP 4: Register for 1 of the closing events via Mason 360 (this is required for all participants)
  • STEP 5: Once you decide which track you want to complete, look at the schedule and select which programs you want to attend that are part of designated leadership focus areas
    • Focus area: student activism and civic engagement
    • Focus area: well-being, self-care, and community care
    • Focus area: ethical leadership
    • Focus area: diversity, inclusion, and identity development
    • Focus area: career exploration and mentoring
  • STEP 6: In order to get credit for participating in a program, you MUST register for each event and CHECK-IN via Mason 360 on the day of the program.

Student Program Participation Requirements

  • Track #1
    • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Kick Off (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
    • 1 program of your choice from 3 of the following focus areas (Please note that certain events will fill multiple buckets and that is okay.  You will get credit for both)  
      • Focus area: student activism and civic engagement
      • Focus area: well-being, self-care, and community care
      • Focus area: ethical leadership
      • Focus area: diversity, inclusion, and identity development
      • Focus area: career exploration and mentoring
    • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Closing Session (3 sessions will be provided, students only need to participate in 1 of the closing sessions) (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
    • Complete the Leadership Mason Experience Evaluation after the Closing Program
    • Students complete Track #1, will receive a certificate and digital badge via Mason 360.
  • Track #2
    • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Kick Off (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
    • 1 program of your choice from all of the focus areas (Please note that certain events will fill multiple buckets and that is okay.  You will get credit for both)  
      • Focus area: student activism and civic engagement
      • Focus area: well-being, self-care, and community care
      • Focus area: ethical leadership
      • Focus area: diversity, inclusion, and identity development
      • Focus area: career exploration and mentoring
    • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Closing Session (3 sessions will be provided, students only need to participate in 1 of the closing sessions) (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
    • Complete the Leadership Mason Experience Evaluation after the Closing Program
    • Students who participate in all of the above, will receive a T-Shirt, certificate, and digital badge via Mason 360

Registration Instructions

Schedule

Registration for the Leadership Mason Experience will be conducted via Mason 360. To register, visit: https://mason360.gmu.edu/LEAD/rsvp_boot?id=771079. 

Cheat Sheet for Step-by-Step Instructions to register via Mason 360, click here. 

We are excited to share that this year's Leadership Mason Experience will feature over 20 different educational programs students can engage and participate in.  Students will have a chance to connect and participate in a variety of interactive sessions.  Below is a list of the educational programs that will take place during the Leadership Mason Experience from October 2nd-October 17th.  In order to receive a certificate, digital badge, and t-shirt, you must register via Mason 360 for the Leadership Mason Experience in order to have your sessions tracked and counted for program. See the difference between the tracks below.


  • Track #1
    • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Kick Off (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
    • 1 program of your choice from 3 of the following focus areas (Please note that certain events will fill multiple buckets and that is okay.  You will get credit for both)  
      • Focus area: student activism and civic engagement
      • Focus area: well-being, self-care, and community care
      • Focus area: ethical leadership
      • Focus area: diversity, inclusion, and identity development
      • Focus area: career exploration and mentoring
    • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Closing Session (3 sessions will be provided, students only need to participate in 1 of the closing sessions) (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
    • Complete the Leadership Mason Experience Evaluation after the Closing Program
    • Students complete Track #1, will receive a certificate and digital badge via Mason 360.
  • Track #2
    • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Kick Off (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
    • 1 program of your choice from all of the focus areas (Please note that certain events will fill multiple buckets and that is okay.  You will get credit for both)  
      • Focus area: student activism and civic engagement
      • Focus area: well-being, self-care, and community care
      • Focus area: ethical leadership
      • Focus area: diversity, inclusion, and identity development
      • Focus area: career exploration and mentoring
    • Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Closing Session (3 sessions will be provided, students only need to participate in 1 of the closing sessions) (Total number of programs need to be completed from this area: 1)
    • Complete the Leadership Mason Experience Evaluation after the Closing Program
    • Students who participate in all of the above, will receive a T-Shirt, certificate, and digital badge via Mason 360

Friday, October 2nd from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Leadership Mason Virtual Experience Kick Off

 

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r793733

Join us for the Leadership Mason Experience Virtual Kickoff! During this hour together you will hear from campus leaders who will provide some leadership inspiration, go over what to expect during the events, provide an opportunity for you to connect with other Leadership Mason participants, and give you time to explore the available sessions and start mapping out your leadership journey.


Monday, October 5th from 3:30pm-5:00pm
What can TV’s “The Good Place” teach us about Positive Change? (Facilitated by: Dr. Nick Lennon, The LEAD Office)

Leadership Focus Area:

  • Ethical Leadership

Can a TV sitcom help us learn ways to create/lead positive change for ourselves, our groups and society? NBC’s “The Good Place” is a show in which humans are scored on how ethical they are, in order to determine their place in the afterlife. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the 5A’s of (leading) positive change using engaging and entertaining examples and video clips from “The Good Place.” 

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: Session Cancelled 


Monday, October 5th from 6:30pm-8:00pm
What Sustains Us? What Keeps Us Going? (Facilitated by: Dr. Al Fuertes, School of Integrative Studies)

Leadership Focus Areas

  • Well-being, Self-Care, and Community Care

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r793735

Whether or not we directly feel it, we and/or those around us may have been overly stressed out and/or traumatized by the multi-faceted impacts of the global pandemic of COVID-19. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge our felt reality brought about by the pandemic, and affirm ourselves of our resilience (individual and societal) which enables us to keep going. But what nurtures resilience? How does one's resilience manifest during this pandemic? 

This webinar will provide participants the opportunity to explore different ways resilience has sustained themselves during this pandemic. Best practice and/or mechanisms that nurture resilience and constructively address pandemic’s devastating effects, including people’s ways of coping will be discussed, toward the healing of self and community.  


Tuesday, October 6th from 3:00pm-4:00pm
Active Citizen Continuum Through the Lens of Anti-Racism Part #1 (Facilitated by: Patty Mathison, Social Action and Integrative Learning)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Student Activism and Civic Engagement  
  • Well-being, Self-Care, and Community Care
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Identity Development

Join us as we engage in discussion around the Active Citizen Continuum through the lens of anti-racism. Active citizens are individuals who see the world through the lens of community. They prioritize the community in values and life choices and take action on issues that matter to them. The Active Citizen Continuum is a model that was created by Breakaway, a national nonprofit as a developmental model. We will use this model to encourage individuals to dig deeper into the root causes of systemic racism and how we all can become more anti-racist in our every day life and actions.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r771195


Tuesday, October 6th from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Leadership Connection Hour: Implic-ish (Facilitated by: Hamal Strayhorn, Coalition Building and Diversity Education)

Leadership Focus Area:  

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Identity Development

"With power, come great responsibility.” As a leader, you have a great deal of power, whether we realize it or not. The ways we respond to those following us, can make or break individuals on a team, so we have to make sure we are responding to everyone equitably. As leaders, no matter how many good intentions we have, we still have biases, and some of those biases are unconscious. In this hour, we will look at the unconscious biases, how they can affect our leadership ability, and how we can enhance who we are as leader when we recognize them to ensure we treat all as if they belong.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r793738 


Wednesday, October 7th from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Watching Our Experiences: Television and Diversity (Facilitated by: David Corwin, Women and Gender Studies)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Identity Development

Focused on trauma and TV representation, so what about "Watching Our Experiences: Television and Diversity"  --as a way to discuss diversity and social justice related topics through TV characters.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: Session Cancelled 


Wednesday, October 7th from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Alumni Leadership Speaker Series – Leadership for Positive Change: Connecting with Mason Alum who are Engaged in Activism, Civic Engagement, and Advocacy Work (Facilitated by: Student Leadership Consultants - Jordan Anderson, Elena Dajero, and Monica Brown)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Student Activism and Civic Engagement  
  • Career Exploration and Mentoring

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 who are engaged in work around activism, civic engagement, and advocacy work.  We have a diverse group of panelists who will share their experiences during their years at Mason and how their involvement, engagement and time at Mason really helped to shape their journey. Participants will have a chance to hear from our panelists and learn about their stories.  We will also have a Q/A open for participants.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r781784


Thursday, October 8th from 11:00am-12:00pm
Leadership Connection Hour: Ethical Leadership (Facilitated by: Dr. Nick Lennon and Monica Brown, The LEAD Office)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Ethical Leadership

We need ethical leadership more than ever, and that starts with each of us. Have you had to make any difficult decisions in the past few months? How do you decide what’s right, in your life and as a leader? Once you’ve decided what’s right, what factors make it more likely that you’ll follow through? Many recent events, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have put a spotlight on ethics and leadership. Attend this engaging and interactive discussion to learn more about your own views, and the views of other Mason students. Join our discussion!

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r793743 


Thursday, October 8th from 11:00am-3:00pm
Career Fair (Hosted by: University Career Services)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Career Exploration and Mentoring

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r819701


Friday, October 9th from 11:00am-3:00pm
Career Fair (Hosted by: University Career Services)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Career Exploration and Mentoring

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r781795


Friday, October 9th from 3:00pm-4:00pm 
Organizational Values the Disney Way (Facilitated by: Kaitlyn Schmitt, Student Involvement)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Ethical Leadership

Mission, vision, and values – what do they really mean? Values help us make decisions, but in organizations, those decisions can have a large impact. This interactive workshop will examine one organization that clearly defines and lives its values: the Walt Disney World Resort. What can we learn from this example?

Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to describe how values can guide decision-making for an organization.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the values of the Walt Disney World Resort and examples of how the values are lived in practice.

Participants will begin to consider their individual values and the values of their organizations.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r781795


Saturday, October 10th from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Immigration Monologues: Afraid, but not Defeated. Dismantling the American Dream (Hosted by: UndocuMason, F1rst Gen Mason, Filipino Cultural Association (FCA), Black Student Alliance (BSA), Black, Africa-Heritage and Caribbean Coalition (BLACC), Hispanic Student Association (HSA), African Student Association (ASA), and Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Student Activism and Civic Engagement  
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Identity Development

Annual Immigration Monologues tackles the immigration dialogue with a night full of inspirational stories from our diverse immigrant community. This year's theme is "Afraid, but Not Defeated: Dismantling the American Dream". The theme pushes against the romanticization of immigrant narratives. The struggle and resilience of immigrant communities are often viewed as stories of inspiration rather than injustice. Immigration Monologues seeks to amplify the diverse needs of immigrant communities and uplift folks that are uprooting injustice in the DMV area.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r761242


Monday, October 12th from 11:00am-1:00pm 
Raise your Voice: Best Practices around Community Organizing, Public Policy and Community Care (Facilitated by: Patty Mathison, Shauna Rigaud, Sam Frye, Jayson Padilla, Sabrina Lyn,  and Dr. Ben Manski, Social Action and Integrative Learning)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Student Activism and Civic Engagement  
  • Well-being, Self-Care, and Community Care
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Identity Development

In these uncertain times we are seeing a growing number of individuals speaking out, raising their voice and protesting the injustices that people, in particular our Black community, face. We are seeing a cry for response around access, human rights and climate change as well as health concerns as our world and in particular, the United States continues in turmoil. The recent pandemic has served to highlight the injustices of our nation and folks are working together to advocate for change. Throughout history, there are social movements that have been wildly successful and others that were unable to be sustained.

In this interactive workshop, we will examine the history of social movements, best practices around community organizing and public policy and we will engage in conversation around moving past self-care to community care. We will share common pitfalls and challenges as well as successes and what works. Participants will break into groups in the second half of the presentation to engage in Action Planning around various social concerns. Each group will participate in power mapping and we hope will build connections with one another to learn more about current efforts and movements happening in our own community.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r771224


Tuesday, October 13th from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Leadership Connection Hour: Student Activism and Civic Engagement (Facilitated by: Student Leadership Consultants - D.J. Grant and Kathleen Dwyer, The LEAD Office)

Leadership Focus Area: 

  • Student Activism and Civic Engagement  

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r793750


Wednesday, October 14th from 12:00pm-1:00pm
Leadership Connection Hour: Career Exploration and Mentoring - Exploring the Pathways to Public Service and Civic Engagement (Facilitated by: Kristen Wright, Office of the Provost)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Student Activism and Civic Engagement  
  • Career Exploration and Mentoring

Are you interested in getting involved with civic engagement or social change efforts, but aren’t quite sure where to begin or how to harness your talents? Have you been active in public service and want to explore additional ways to make an impact? Whether you’re new to service and civic engagement or not, this session is an opportunity to learn about yourself and about the many ways you can affect positive social change in your community. Participants in this session will complete the “Pathways to Public Service and Civic Engagement” tool and learn more about your own preferences and tendencies as well as how to collaborate with others to create lasting change.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r782018


Wednesday, October 14th from 6:00pm-7:00pm (TENTATIVE)
Chapter Next: Ending Sexual Violence (Opening Session with Student Groups and Administrators

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Student Activism and Civic Engagement  
  • Well-being, Self-Care, and Community Care

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: coming soon...


Thursday, October 15th from 10:30am-12:00pm
What Would YOU Do? Making Tough Choices During Difficult Times (Facilitated by: Dr. Nick Lennon, The LEAD Office)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Ethical Leadership

What questions do you consider when trying to decide what to do? Consider the following: Would you visit a family member, or attend a protest, during a global pandemic? Would you speak up if you heard someone that you do not know make a racist comment? Would you tell a friend that you discovered that their partner is cheating on them if you are also friends with the person doing the cheating? How do you decide what’s best? During this interactive workshop you will engage in activities designed to uncover the pros and cons of the ethical approaches you are already using. You will also learn about other helpful approaches. Practical resources for making difficult choices will be provided.

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r782038


Thursday, October 15th from 12:00pm-1:00pm
Leadership Connection Hour: Well-Being, Self-Care, and Community Care (Facilitated by: Melissa Schreibstein and Katie Clare, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Well-being, Self-Care, and Community Care

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r793784

In this one-hour session, you will learn how we maintain our own well-being through self-care practices and strategies we use to contribute to the well-being of our communities. In addition to getting a glimpse into our own personal approaches, we will lead you in practices that will help you to leave the session with a greater connection to yourself and to your community and an increased sense of well-being. You’ll be encouraged to identify a practice to integrate into your own daily life and make a plan for how you’ll do it.


Thursday, October 15th from 2:00pm-4:00pm (TENTATIVE)
Chapter Next: Ending Sexual Violence (Educational Piece and Live Quizzes)

Leadership Focus Areas: 

  • Student Activism and Civic Engagement  
  • Well-being, Self-Care, and Community Care

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: coming soon...


Friday, October 16th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership Mason Virtual Closing Experience Session #1

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r793786


Friday, October 16th from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Leadership Mason Virtual Closing Experience Session #2

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: http://cglink.me/r793789


Saturday, October 17th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Leadership Mason Virtual Closing Experience Session #3

RSVP via Mason 360 for this event: Currently registration is not available for this session.  We will open registration for this session if the other closing sessions reach capacity. 


Partners

Registration for the Leadership Mason Experience will be conducted via Mason 360. To register, visit: https://mason360.gmu.edu/LEAD/rsvp_boot?id=771079. 

Cheat Sheet for Step-by-Step Instructions to register via Mason 360, click here. 

A huge thank you to our campus partners and incredible conference planning team.  We are so grateful for your continued support and commitment to leadership education and development at George Mason University.

2020 Leadership Mason Planning Team 

  • Nina Berger, Housing and Residence Life
  • Deanna Bullard, Mason Care Network
  • Sara Clifton, Mason Care Network
  • David Corwin, Women and Gender Studies
  • Julio Diaz, University Life
  • Aya Leonhardt, Student Involvement
  • Nick Lennon, The LEAD Office
  • Patty Mathison, Social Action and Integrative Learning
  • Jayson Padilla, Social Action and Integrative Learning
  • Phil Rippa, The LEAD Office
  • Hallie Scarbrough, Social Action and Integrative Learning
  • Kaitlyn Schmitt, Student Involvement
  • Casey Smith, Contemporary Student Services
  • Sasha Toophanie, Housing and Residence Life
  • Kristen Wright, Civic Engagement
  • Derek Smith, The LEAD Office
  • Lisa Snyder, The LEAD Office
  • D.J. Grant, The LEAD Office
  • Kathleen Dwyer, The LEAD Office