George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility (Source: Mason Online). We are committed to doing our best through continuing to provide leadership education and resources to students, faculty, and staff virtually during this time. We are pleased to share that we have a variety of different ways that students can access our resources as well as engage in virtual educational experiences. Check out some of the amazing opportunities the LEAD Office and our campus partners provide virtually below to help strengthen and enhance your leadership experience.
Virtual Leadership Advocate Meetings
The LEAD Office will be hosting weekly Leadership Advocate Meetings on Tuesdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm. If you are interested in participating in our meetings (all Mason students are welcome), email Lisa Snyder, Associate Director at email@example.com for WebEx link to join.
Staff and Peer Connections
Members from our LEAD Team (students and staff) will be hosting virtual hours if you are interested in connecting with one of our student leaders or staff around leadership education. Virtual office hour times and link to connect will be available in early April.
- Derek Smith, Graduate Assistant
- Emmanuella Serwaa, Student Leadership Consultant
- Batool Ibrahim, Student Leadership Consultant
- Charlie Woo, Student Leadership Consultant
- CC Milbrandt, Student Leadership Consultant
- Sarah Beya, Student Leadership Consultant
- Michala Stepler, Student Office Assistant
- Menahil Rauf, Student Office Assistant
- Sophia Hasnain, Student Office Assistant
Team Building Activities
Click on the links below for a pdf of activity guidelines and facilitation questions.
- Build a Pyramid (Focus Areas: communication, team work, and group dynamics)
- Building a Bridge (Focus Areas: teamwork, communication, and creative problem solving)
- Building a Tower (Focus Areas: communication, collaboration, and team strategy)
- Bull Ring Activity (Focus Areas: teamwork, group dynamics, communication, relationship to working with small groups, managing delicate information and tasks, facilitation of someone else’s learning process)
- Circle of Friends (Focus Areas: getting to know you, ice breaker)
- Coat of Arms Activity (Focus Areas: getting to know you, ice breaker)
- Domino Build (Focus Areas: developing trust within a team or group, communication, working with limited directions, paying attention to the details)
- Draw Like Me Activity (Focus Areas: communication and active listening)
- Getting to Know You BINGO (Focus Areas: getting to know you, ice breaker)
- Lego Activity – Building Replica (Focus Areas: communication, giving clear directions, team work, understanding roles and responsibilities)
- Mind Maze (Focus Areas: communication, team work, and group dynamics)
- Pipe Find (Focus Areas: communication and trust)
- Pop Fly (Focus Areas: communication, planning, decision making, and trial and error)
- Reach Out and Touch Someone (Focus Areas: team bonding, community building, and feel good)
Note: These resources have been adapted throughout the years. If you know the origin of any of these activities, please feel free to let us know so we can list the proper citation. A special thank you to the students, faculty, and staff who have contributed over the years.
How Do You Make Decisions
Take5 Mason has been created to help inspire students, faculty and staff at George Mason University to infuse the ideas of ethics into our daily lives and leadership. Better understanding ethics can free us up to be the people we truly want to be. Ethics is for ALL of us and addresses the question: “How should we live our lives?”
There are many misconceptions about ethics, including the idea that it’s just blindly following rules or that it’s only helpful for huge life and death issues like capital punishment or abortion. Here’s a quick example that you may not typically think of when considering ethics: telling a kind joke that makes someone laugh can be very ethical. You may be trying to comfort someone during a stressful time and the joke eases their stress.
To “Take5” basically means to pause in order to be aware of our thoughts, feelings and actions. We believe that by taking 5 to consider the ethical components of our everyday decisions we will be more likely to fulfill the main goal of George Mason University… to be a university for the world.
This site is based on the WeTake5.com site.
Giving Voices to Values
LEAD is a strong proponent of the Giving Voice to Values (GVV) approach to leadership development and you have an opportunity to learn about values-driven leadership online, via the link below, for FREE. Want to learn "The HOW of Good Leadership?" Looking to develop leadership skills and build confidence? You've come to the right place.
- Start instantly and learn at your own pace.
- No prior experience needed to participate.
- Approximately 10 hours to complete the entire online program, but you can do as much or as little as you like.
- FREE with the additional opportunity to pay for coaching and additional aspects only if you are interested.
Start right now: Online Learning: "The HOW of Good Leadership"
The LEAD Office is committed to providing educational resources for students, faculty, and staff. We provide “mini educational videos” for the campus community to utilize. We encourage you to check out our videos below. If you ideas for mini-videos, please contact Lisa Snyder, Associate Director for Leadership Education and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to videos:
- Leadership 101
- Understanding the 34 Strengths in the Strengths Finder Assessment
- Understanding the 4 Domains of Leadership Strength
LEAD Pinterest Board
Check out our newly developed LEAD Pinterest Board! We will be posting some of our favorite books, leadership quotes, and resources.
Take the CliftonStrengths Assessment. The assessment measures your natural patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, so when you're done you'll have discovered your talents.
Check out some of the awesome educational videos Learning Services has put together to provide academic support. Learning Services has some great video resources around critical thinking, goal setting and motivation, time management, and much more! For more info, visit: https://learningservices.gmu.edu/academic-skills-videos/.
Virtual Mental Health Workshops
Check out some of the awesome virtual mental health workshops that Counseling and Psychological Services has put together to provide support. They will be hosting workshops focusing on managing stress, mindfulness, and more. For more info, visit: https://caps.gmu.edu/virtual-mental-health-workshops/
Mason's Resilience Badge
Mason is partnering with BurnAlong, a pioneering online platform that offers on-demand well-being classes and programs on many topics, from physical fitness to mindfulness meditation.
BurnAlong’s co-founders Daniel Freedman and Mike Kott understand that when it comes to sticking to goals and healthy habits, a supportive team can make all the difference. Research shows that people are 65 percent more likely to achieve their fitness goals if they involve someone else. That’s why on BurnAlong – available via computer, smartphone or tablet – members can take classes online on-demand, and invite others to join them in live private workouts. Through the partnership between Mason and BurnAlong, Mason students, faculty, and staff will be able to choose from more than 1,000 classes across more than 40 categories and will also have the ability to record classes on the platform.
For more information, contact Lewis Forest, associate dean of University Life, at email@example.com or 703-993-5051.
UNDOCUALLY Training is now online!
In light of our institution's transition to virtual learning, our last UndocuAlly training of the semester is now GOING VIRTUAL! The Undocually Training team believes in providing the Mason community with the most up-to-date news affecting our community so we are currently working to create video presentations for all of you. The link to the videos will be released on what would have been the day of our in-person training: Friday, April 24, at 10 am.
In order to obtain the training links, please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/undocually-training-tickets-98709728455
This is the same eventbrite link I sent out for our in-person April 24 training so if you have already registered to that one, you are good to go.
The purpose of the UndocuAlly Training is for participants to understand some of the history of our undocumented communities, past and present legislation, and the lived realities and barriers our undocumented communities are fighting through with strength and resilience. The Undocually Training Team aims to create a more inclusive and supportive environments for undocumented immigrants through education and advocacy.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email us at UndocuA@gmu.edu. This event is also open to non Mason participants so please spread the word!
Online Student Learning Videos
Innovative Educators in partnership with Mason's very own Learning Services has made their Online Learning student success videos available to Mason students for free. Check out what they have to offer:
Go2Orientation (Go2O) - Orientation For Online Learners
Go2O provides a dynamic onboarding experience to prepare students to take classes online. Using captivating animations and student interviews, our unique approach delivers relevant & timely information tailored to student needs. Go2O consists of learning modules on such topics as procrastination, making engaging posts, studying for online classes, online test-taking strategies, staying motivated during your online class and more.
StudentLingo (SL) - Online Student Success Workshops
After completing the orientation, students will have access to 20 additional workshops to make sure they can access support resources at any time and from any location. These workshops include time management, stress management, setting & accomplishing goals, test anxiety, critical thinking skills, information literacy, and more.
To access online resources, visit (www.go2ie.com/onlinelearningstudent) and follow the next steps:
- Create an account
- Fill out the information about who you are and where you study
- Start utilizing online orientation and student success workshops
- Please Note: Free access to this service ends on April 17, 2020
For more information or questions, contact Vicki Dominick, Associate Director for Learning Services