Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

Whether you are graduating soon or just starting out at Mason, it is never too early to start thinking about what comes next. Come learn from Mason Alum about their experiences securing internships, preparing for the job search, and how leadership skills apply in their fields. Alum will also share personal stories and experiences about how their campus involvement and engagement has made an impact. The Alumni Leadership Speaker Series is facilitated by our very own Student Leadership Consultants and is open to the entire campus community.

Virtual Alumni Leadership Speaker Series

  • When: Monday, April 20th
  • Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Description: 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 from multiple professional fields. Our panelists will be a mixture of individuals that have chosen different paths following graduation. Some individuals chose to attend graduate school, while others chose to join the workforce. We have a diverse group of panelists who will share their experiences during their years at Mason. Throughout our discussion we will explore how to thrive after graduation. Join us on April 20th.  Explore your options with the Lead Office!
  • Webex Info: Once you RSVP, you will receive information to access the program via Webex
  • RSVP link: click here to RSVP for the Spring Alumni Leadership Speaker Series
    • Once you RSVP, you will receive information to access the program via Webex

Featured Mason Alum for the April 20th Speaker Series: 

Julio Diaz
Bachelors of Arts in Music, May 2011
Pursuing Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development 

Julio Diaz is the Office Manager for University Life Central at George Mason University. Julio graduated from Mason with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music in May 2011 and has been working at Mason since January 2012. Prior to working at University Life Central, Julio worked as an Office Manager for the Early Identification Program. Currently, Julio is the Advisor for the The Aguilas Mentoring Program student organization at Mason and he is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development.


Laura Freeman
Master of Public Health, Health Communication August 2019
Bachelor of Science in Community Health, December 2016

Laura Hicks helps lead a Campus Ministry at Temple University, Drexel, University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also works with her husband on evaluating outreach programs for families in North Philadelphia for the non-profit One Day at a Time. Laura is a LEAD Team alumnus! During her time at Mason she also served as Patriot Leader (2013), Residential Housing Liaison for Mason LIFE (2014-2019) and participated in her campus ministry Disciples on Campus (2014-2019). She adds inciteful thoughts on spiritual health and mental health in conversations about leadership.


Kalia Harris
Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Social Justice & Human Rights, May 2019
Bachelor of Science in Community Health, December 2016

During her undergraduate and graduate careers, Kalia worked in the Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) office. Kalia was a student organizer on Mason’s campus - taking part in raising awareness particularly around issues of racial justice, tuition reform, and gender justice. She now works as a Lead Organizer with Virginia Student Power Network in Richmond, VA, supporting student organizing throughout the state. You can listen to Kalia on Race Capitol, a podcast focused on racial justice issues in the former Capitol of the Confederacy.


Rodrigo Velasquez
Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

Rodrigo Velasquez works as Senior Legislative Aide to Delegate Kathy Tran in the Virginia House of Delegates. In this role, he works on legislative and political matters for Delegate Tran. In college, Rodrigo was President of Mason DREAMers and currently sits on the Mason DREAMers Advisory Board. Rodrigo also serves on the Just Neighbors Board of Directors, a local community organization that provides legal services to immigrants in need.

Since coming out as both gay and undocumented his sophomore year in college, Rodrigo has been heavily involved in advocating for immigrants and LGBTQ people. His background in immigration and higher education policy has served him in the various roles he takes in the local and state government. Over the years, Rodrigo has been a guest on Spanish and English news media to talk about immigration issues and has recognized for his work by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Centreville Immigration Forum, Washington Peace Center, and Office for Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education at George Mason University, and the George Mason University Alumni Association.

Featured Alumni from previous Alumni Leadership Speaker Series