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.






Fall 2020 Virtual Alumni Leadership Speaker Series: October 7, 2020

  • Topic: Leadership for Positive Change: Connecting with Mason Alum who are Engaged in Activism, Civic Engagement, and Advocacy Work
  • When: Wednesday, October 7th
  • Time: 5:30pm-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 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. We hope you can join us on October 7th via Zoom at 5:30pm.
  • Zoom Link: Once you RSVP, you will receive information to access the program via Zoom
  • RSVP link for Mason students: 
    • Once you RSVP, you will receive information to access the program via Zoom
  • RSVP link for non-Mason students:
    • Please only use this link to RSVP if you are NOT a current Mason student.  This program is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, Mason family members, and to the community. Once you RSVP, you will receive information to access the program via Zoom

Featured Mason Alum for the October 7th Speaker Series: 

Aja Imani
School of Integrative Studies with a concentration in International Studies and minors in African and African American Studies and Social Justice

Aja Imani is a Black feminist reproductive + sexual health educator, birth worker, space holder, mentor, and dreamer. She, like many others, envisions a world where Black girlhood is protected + community care is deeply consistent. Her work is a reflection of this collective dream space.  She is currently a candidate to receive a Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University focusing on Sexuality, Sexual, and Reproductive Health.


Soteria Shepperson
Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice with a Concentration in Social Work

Soteria Shepperson is a poet, educator, performer and advocate.  Through her work in prisons, homeless shelters, and local community colleges, she helps marginalized individuals find their voice through words and self-expression.  As a reentry specialist, she assisted former incarcerated individuals adjust to society, connecting them with resources such as housing and job support and using creative expression to help them redefine their story. Soteria has performed at venues including the International Civil Rights Museum, the Carolina Theatre, Red Hat Amphitheater and the Raleigh Convention Center.  She was a featured performer at the 2019 and 2020 Women’s March in Raleigh, NC. She is co-founder of Grow Your World, a nonprofit organization focused on youth-driven community engagement, grounded in the belief that equity and access create a win-win-win for people, community, and the planet.

In January of 2019, Soteria launched I AM SOTERIA & FRIENDS, which seeks to elevate suppressed creative voices of the world and contribute to the movement of equity, hope, and justice for all. Since its launch, the series has featured five events focused on the themes of Unity & Justice, Juneteenth, and Hip Hop and how they relate to the world as a whole.



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