George Mason University

GMU has placed an emphasis on civic engagement in both its undergraduate and graduate programs and research initiatives.

Student programs include: Civic Learning and Community Engagement, Student Government, Roosevelt Institute, Democracy Squad at GMU, and Mason Leads.

Internships programs are provided for: Schar School undergraduate and graduate students, Global Political Fellows and Political Communication students.

 Kristen Wright is the Director of Civic Engagement within the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Democracy Squad at GMU

Democracy Squad is a virtual organizing space for George Mason University students, staff, faculty, and alumni, to promote positive civic engagement on campus. Participants commit to taking actions that reinforce democratic values and institutions in and around Mason nation.

We reinforce democracy by taking action to alleviate sources of democratic weakness. Democracy Squad does this in three main areas: address inequality (income, race healthcare, etc.), promote political representation (strengthen parties, increase voting rights, support reform efforts to expand the citizen-representative tie, etc.), and improve the information environment (promote events that share scientific and high quality information, etc.).

Organized by Professor Jennifer Victor, Democracy Squad participants commit to building a positive campus environment that promotes democracy. Democracy Squad is administered through Magnify, a social networking tool designed to help people solve collective action problems.

Schar School of Policy & Government

The mission of the Schar School of Policy and Government is to advance the public good. We provide our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Website:  schar.gmu.edu/

Email:  schar@gmu.edu
Phone
:  703-993-2280
Address:Founders Hall, Fifth Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Dean: Mark Rozell

 

Tom Davis

Rector: Board of Visitors, George Mason University 2011 to 2020
Former US Congressman: Virginia US House District 11

Tom Davis is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives who represented Virginia’s 11th congressional district in Northern Virginia. Davis was considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by five-term incumbent and fellow Republican John Warner in the 2008 election, but decided against it. He announced on January 30, 2008, that he would not seek reelection to an eighth term

He is currently a director of federal government affairs at Deloitte and the rector (head of the Board of Visitors) of George Mason University and a trustee of its Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

First Tuesday Speaker Series

Speakers:  Annie Holton, Peter Hart, Danny Diaz, Tom Davis, Terry McAuliffe, Karen Tumulty, Robby Mook, and Norman Ornstein

Moderator: Steve Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am EDT
Day: Tuesday October 2, 2018
Place: Fenwick Library Reading Room, George Mason University, Fairfax VA

Tom Davis on Elections

Tom Davis, George Mason University rector and former GOP congressman from Virginia, answers questions from Steve Pearlstein and the audience at the First Tuesday Speaker Series.

Tom Davis discusses the 2018 elections with a focus on the Virginia congressional races.

Sergei A. Samoilenko

Instructor, Communication Department, George Mason University
Faculty Advisor, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Sergei Samoilenko's research focus is on public relations, crisis communication, reputation management, new media.

GMU onAir Chapter

The GMU Democracy onAir chapter is the first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and the lead university chapter for Virginia.

Undergrad student members are affiliated with a number of GMU schools, departments, and programs including: Schar School of Policy and Government, the Department of Communication, and the Film and Video Studies program. A undergrad student club/student organization is also being formed to work in tandem with the GMU onAir Chapter.

GMU grad students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Mason participate as chapter members. Virginia onAir Hub coordinators also started onAir chapters at VCU and Virginia Tech.

Shuaib Ahmed

I am recent graduate of George Mason University where I majored in information technology. I am currently a Director of Democracy onAir. Democracy onAir is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social enterprise that manages the US onAir Network and is the founding sponsor of the US onAir Coalition.

I led a team of five other GMU students as part of my IT senior design course to solve business challenges through technology for onAir Networks.

As a member of the GMU Democracy onAir Chapter, I hope to inspire other college students to be better engaged in politics.  I strongly believe that elections have consequences and each and every one of us has a responsibility to be informed citizens in the democratic process.

Kerrie Thompson

I am currently the Outreach Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a recent graduate of  George Mason University. I majored in Global Affairs and was a Global Political Fellow where I interned with Democracy onAir.  I am also a member of the Democracy Squad @GMU.

My mission is to help expand the Virginia onAir network to other areas of the state to ultimately provide an all encompassing, unbiased source for news and general information on Virginia politics.

Mackenzie Gross

I am the Aircasting Director for Virginia onAir.

I’m a senior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I interned with Democracy onAir through the Global Political Fellows program at the Schar School of Government.

Mackenzie is especially interested in facilitating online interviews with politicians… since everything is virtual right now and people are using the web to learn about and connect with politicians.

Jessler Elvira

I am currently the Curation Director for the George Mason University onAir chapter. I recently graduated from George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs and minoring in Global Governance.

I joined the team at Democracy onAir in order to pursue my interest in civil society and American democracy. Ultimately, the opportunity to contribute to the meaningful mission of providing a platform for the public to not only engage with their elected officials, but also inform themselves on the democratic process motivated me and continues to motivate me to work towards encourage “learning” and “discussion”.

Tim O’Shea

I am on the Board of Directors for Democracy onAir.  Democracy onAir is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social enterprise that manages the US onAir Network and is the founding sponsor of the US onAir Coalition.

Sam Strathmann

My name is Samuel Strathmann, and I’m currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program. It emphasizes real world experience in conjunction with the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Democracy onAir’s mission to galvanize people into action is a goal that is necessary today more than ever. 159 million Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election. While polarization might have had the most to do with the turnout, it also showed that scores of people felt empowered to use their voice. Unfortunately, local and state elections rarely see good voter turnout, and certain demographics are known to have voter apathy. Democracy onAir’s progressive strategy to target a younger generation through social media is a tactic that can be used effectively. I also think that directly connecting George Mason students with their representatives is a great way to make them feel more heard. I believe that my passion and knowledge for the subject will help me learn more about the mission and contribute to the cause. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Nanayaa Obeng

My name is Nanayaa Obeng and I am a Global Politics fellow at George Mason University studying Government and International Politics with a minor in business. I believe that it is very important to educate the public about their representatives and policies that shape our government.

As a person who believes in democracy and the importance of educating my fellow citizens, I am glad to be an OnAir Content Curator for Virginia OnAir. This past election season was my first time voting in a Presidential Election. The feeling that I experienced from performing my civic duty is one that I will never forget. I think the work that Democracy OnAir does to inform the US public on federal, state, and local government politics is extremely important for media literacy. In the past few years, we have seen a growing distrust among the American public towards the media which can increase ignorance of important political decisions and decrease civic participation. That is why I am interested in working with an organization that is committed to promoting the democratic values that are integral to the United States democracy.

Jordan Toledo

My name is Jordan Toledo and I am a current undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in international politics with a concentration in global governance and a minor in Spanish.

Being a member of Democracy onAir has given me the opportunity to read more about candidate information and important local, state, and federal matters that will affect me as young Virginia voter.

Todd Gillette

I am Board Chair of Democracy OnAir, providing guidance on the vision and planning of the US onAir network.

My day job is a software engineer at Northrop Grumman. I have a PhD in Neuroscience from George Mason University.

Jim McLean

Jim McLean is VP of Media for Air Networks. Jim is the lead designer of Air Network’s Aircasting system that provides hub producers the tools to create mobile and studio video recordings and live streams.  He is also a member of the Virginia onAir Advisory Board consulting on how to adapt onAir media technologies for the Hub.

Jim is an Instructional Technology/Visual Media Specialist for George Mason University. He received a MFA from American University and a BA from George Mason.

Jenifer Hitchcock

AP Government & US History Teacher
Fairfax High School & Online Campus
James Madison Fellow, Commonwealth of Virginia 2016
Nationally Board Certified Teacher
iCivics Educators Network Member
Writer at lovgov.weebly.com

The VA Election Hub is an exciting opportunity to extend civics education beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. Civics happens on the streets! This organization provides an opportunity to students to use their native digital skills to improve their community and engage in a meaningful way in civics. I am a part of the VA Election Hub to help find and engage students directly in the democratic process as high school interns.

 

Abby Clark

Senior: Major in Film Studies at George Mason University
Senior Film Editor: Mason Cable Network

Led a team to participate  in the 2018 Richmond 48 Hour Film Project. During my senior year of high school. I won a grant to write, direct, and edit a 20 minute short film, “eighteen,” which she submitted to film festivals around Virginia.

I am very excited to join the Mason Cable Network crew and to work with a team of creative and hardworking people. In the future, I would like to edit and produce feature films.

 

 

George Mason statue & JCGeorge Mason University

GMU has placed an emphasis on civic engagement in both its undergraduate and graduate programs and research initiatives.

Student programs include: Civic Learning and Community Engagement, Student Government, Roosevelt Institute, Democracy Squad at GMU, and Mason Leads.

Internships programs are provided for: Schar School undergraduate and graduate students, Global Political Fellows and Political Communication students.

 Kristen Wright is the Director of Civic Engagement within the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Summary

GMU has placed an emphasis on civic engagement in both its undergraduate and graduate programs and research initiatives.

Student programs include: Civic Learning and Community Engagement, Student Government, Roosevelt Institute, Democracy Squad at GMU, and Mason Leads.

Internships programs are provided for: Schar School undergraduate and graduate students, Global Political Fellows and Political Communication students.

 Kristen Wright is the Director of Civic Engagement within the Office of Undergraduate Education.

About

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George Mason University (Mason, GMU, or George Mason) is a public research university in Fairfax County near Fairfax City in Virginia. In 1956, the Commonwealth of Virginia authorized the establishment of a Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia and the institution that is now named George Mason University opened in September 1957. It became an independent institution in 1972. It has since grown to become the largest four-year public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The university is named after the Founding Father George Mason, a Virginia planter and politician who authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights that later influenced the future Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Mason operates five campuses in Virginia (Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, and Front Royal), as well as a sixth campus in South Korea.

The university is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”. It is particularly well known in the fields of economics. Two Mason economics professors have won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics: James M. Buchanan in 1986 and Vernon L. Smith in 2002.

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Student Programs

University-wide Community Engagement

Webpageaengage.gmu.edu/

Community Engagement is about partnership between George Mason University and its surrounding communities. These mutually beneficial partnerships impact our teaching and learning, our scholarship, and our outreach efforts that strive to improve the human condition and support the public good at home and abroad.

Our mission is to be an exemplary “engaged university” by “preparing our students to thrive in a global context by infusing global awareness, citizenship values, and learning opportunities across all fields, and we will partner with other organizations in solving global problems where our impact will be highest.”

Mason is committed to “engagement with the world”. It is our hope that students and faculty become engaged citizens “ethically orientated and committed to democratic ideals; respectful of individual differences, rights, and liberties; knowledgeable of important issues affecting the world; focused on the well-being of others; and committed to building a just society”.

Students as Volunteers

Patriot Experience

Volunteer Fairfax

Connect Northern Virginia

Weekends at Mason

Mason Student Organizations

Civic Learning and Community Engagement

University Life webpage

University Life Offices that provide opportunities for Civic Learning and Community Engagement

Student Government

The Student Government (SG) office is in the Student Involvement section of the HUB on the Fairfax Campus. SG divisions include the Executive Branch, the Student Senate (Legislative) Branch, and the Elections and Disputes Commission. The Executive Branch includes Executive Boards such as the Parking Appeals Board, Student Funding Board, and the Student Dining Board.

Students are encouraged to attend meetings and share their views:

  • The Executive Branch meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. For locations and updates, check the calendar.
  • The Student Senate meets Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Find meeting locations in the calendar.
  • The Student Funding Board meets Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in the Student Involvement office.

For more information, call 703-993-2909.

Roosevelt Institute

Roosevelt @ Mason seeks to empower students with the resources and environment to become effectively involved in the policy process at the campus, local, state, and national levels. The Roosevelt Institute engages in policy research, analysis, and writing to increase youth voices at all levels of the policy process. Roosevelt @ Mason promotes communication and coordination with community members, stakeholders, and policymakers in order to create real policy-oriented solutions. The ultimate goal of the organization is to facilitate progressive policy innovation in the local political process.”

Roosevelt @ Mason is George Mason University’s largest and most active nonpartisan student policy organization.

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Democracy Squad at GMU

Democracy Squad is a virtual organizing space for George Mason University students, staff, faculty, and alumni, to promote positive civic engagement on campus. Participants commit to taking actions that reinforce democratic values and institutions in and around Mason nation.

We reinforce democracy by taking action to alleviate sources of democratic weakness. Democracy Squad does this in three main areas: address inequality (income, race healthcare, etc.), promote political representation (strengthen parties, increase voting rights, support reform efforts to expand the citizen-representative tie, etc.), and improve the information environment (promote events that share scientific and high quality information, etc.).

Organized by Professor Jennifer Victor, Democracy Squad participants commit to building a positive campus environment that promotes democracy. Democracy Squad is administered through Magnify, a social networking tool designed to help people solve collective action problems.

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Mason Leads

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This is a site where you’ll discover a wide range of leadership programs and initiatives for members of our campus community. Leadership is a common thread that connects the entire Mason community. Our commitment is to engage our students, faculty, staff and alumni in creating a socially conscious, civically engaged, and global campus community through leadership at all levels of our institution. Every day on Mason’s distributed campuses around the world you’ll encounter hundreds of individuals engaged in leadership through formal and informal positions and experiences.

MasonLeads Mission Statement

To inspire the development, emergence, and recognition of leadership throughout the Mason community by:

  • Raising campus-wide awareness of leadership opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and community
  • Encouraging student, faculty and staff participation in leadership development
  • Forming a cross-disciplinary community of leadership scholars at Mason
  • Focusing on the diverse talents and strengths of all involved in leadership
  • Publicizing and celebrating acts of leadership throughout the Mason community
  • Building a culture at Mason that values leadership at all levels of the institution

George Mason’s MasonLeads formulated a set of leadership assumptions, core values, and competencies for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to consider in their own exploration and practice of leadership.  For example, we believe you do not need to have a formal title to engage in a leadership process or to assume leadership responsibilities.  Through self-reflection and reflective practice, we are confident that members of our campus community will make a difference through their leadership.  We embrace a set of core leadership values and common competencies founded on the ideas that leadership is learned and that leadership development is a lifelong journey.  These leadership assumptions, core values, and competencies are designed to be considered and used as an integrated whole.

Internships

Schar School Undergraduates

Undergraduate Internship Program
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Schar graduate

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The Schar School of Policy and Government Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to gain professional experience and skills that will complement their academic program and enhance their career opportunities. The program also is intended to support area organizations by allowing employers to work with graduate students in an effort to increase recruiting success.

The internship program is open to all degree seeking Schar School Master’s students who have completed a minimum of 9 credits of required coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students in the MPP and ODKM programs who do not have at least two years of relevant professional experience are required to complete a three-credit internship.

The Schar School Career Services does not place students in internships but is available to assist students with the search process. Additionally, the Schar School CareersNow contains information on available internships.

Please contact Duane Bradshaw, or Brian Bar to discuss strategies in finding internships and full time positions.

Global Political Fellow

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The internship is a key component of the Global Politics Fellows program.  The coursework is conveniently scheduled to allow students more time for a substantive internship.  Students will intern three days a week, for twenty to twenty-five hours a week.  This schedule increases the number of internships available to our Fellows and usually allows them to take on more responsibility.  This makes Global Politics Fellows more of an asset for their host organization and gives the student enhanced learning opportunities.  Internships are also great networking opportunities to learn more about a potential career field and gain contacts one can use when looking for a summer job and for their future job search after graduation.

Students will obtain their own internship with the help and support of the Fellows program and the Career Center.  Internship host sites will likely include local and federal government offices, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and think tanks.  Internship duties often focus on advocacy, program support, communications, research and community outreach.  Most internships will be unpaid, but students are also encouraged to pursue internships that offer a small stipend or a paid internship.

Global Politics Fellows will follow all of the current guidelines and requirements for internship credit set for George Mason University’s GLOA 495 and GOVT 496 courses.

Communication Internships

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The Communication Department at George Mason University encourages and supports students who wish to complete an internship in a range of communication related positions, while earning academic credit. Internships act as a bridge to the workforce by offering students opportunities to gain valuable work experience, and obtain the tools needed to enter a professional environment.

The internship program pairs career management course work with the internship learning experience. Communication majors and minors spend approximately ten hours each week during the semester working with a sponsored on-campus or off-campus organization. Interns perform communication related supervised work. Positions can be paid or unpaid. The course can be taken a second time for academic credit.

The Washington, D.C. region has a wide range of internship opportunities. Students can work with a large corporation, small company or association. Communication internship related fields include: journalism, social media, marketing, public relations, sports, health, science, government, politics, public policy, education, research, human resources, administration, radio and television production.
Past and present internships include: national and local radio and television broadcast facilities, major and local newspapers, magazines, public relations companies, major sports teams, public school systems, George Mason University, industry corporate headquarters, non-profit organizations, national associations, foundations, health organizations, political campaigns, the U.S Congress, military organizations, the White House, and many national and local government organizations.. Mason students are highly regarded by area employers.

Academic Programs

Schar School of Policy & Government

Website:  schar.gmu.edu/

Email:  schar@gmu.edu
Phone
:  703-993-2280
Address:Founders Hall, Fifth Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Social Media:  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram   YouTube  LinkedIn

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Undergraduate Student Services:
Robinson Hall A201, MS 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-1400
Email: gvip@gmu.edu
Fax: 703-993-1399

George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders and managers who solve problems and advance the public good in all sectors and levels of government—in the United States and throughout the world.

Our graduates apply the knowledge and skills gained in our classrooms at some of the most prestigious companies, consulting firms, nonprofits, multinational organizations, and government agencies in Washington, DC, and beyond. Decision-makers and the public use our faculty’s research to both understand and develop policy in a variety of areas.  In addition, we are committed to public service in our professions and in regional, national, and global communities.

Located where policy happens—just 3 miles from the Pentagon, 4 miles from The White House, and 6 miles from the U.S. Capitol Building—students are connected to jobs, internships, networking, and experiences that can only be found in the Washington, D.C., area.

It’s policy in action. Learning from professors with real-world experience, students gain the applicable skills and the practical knowledge to lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovate consulting solutions, or provide expert policy analysis. Schar School alumni apply what they learned in the classroom to pursue fulfilling and meaningful careers. Graduates are doing consequential work at leading employers including the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the World Bank, the United Nations, the National Endowment for Democracy, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, and many others.

 

Social Action & Integrative Learning (SAIL)

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Social Action & Integrative Learning (SAIL), housed within the School of Integrative Studies, is an evolving community of Mason students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community partners who are active and passionate collaborators in effecting positive social change. SAIL fosters integrative, innovative, and experiential learning opportunities on campus, regionally, and globally that educate and activate towards a more equitable, just, nonviolent, and sustainable world.

Mason Impact

Websitehttps://provost.gmu.edu/initiatives/mason-impact

The Mason Impact offers a bold and challenging approach to academics, preparing you to tackle global questions and issues. You’ll look at your studies with a different perspective. There are four areas of focus:

  • Research and Creative Activities: You aren’t content to just hit the books; you want to create new knowledge through research, ingenuity, and imagination.
  • Community Engagement and Civic Learning: You’re passionate about working to generate social change, whether in a small community, the nation, or the world.
  • Entrepreneurship: You see a problem as an opportunity to discover a solution, start a business, or create a prototype.
  • Global Activities: Your vision isn’t limited to what you see; you’re ready to leap beyond borders, to expand your knowledge, to become a true citizen of the world.

By completing a Mason Impact Project, you will be tackling a global question and may be eligible to receive funding to do so. We’ll treat you like a professional researcher, because with our help, you’ll be one. If your research topic qualifies, you might get funding for your project. And when you graduate, you’ll get a special notation on your transcript, telling the world about your accomplishments.

Minor in Political Communication

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The interdisciplinary minor in political communication is offered jointly by the Schar School of Policy and Government and the Department of Communication. This minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students with the exception of communication majors pursuing a concentration in political communication.

Political communication explores the interaction among members of the public, the media, advocacy groups, and politicians in a democratic society. This minor uses a diverse approach to questions of how mass and interpersonal communication influence democratic functioning, including (1) how political actors use strategic messaging to persuade and mobilize the public, (2) how citizens make sense of these messages and their impact on engagement, deliberation, efficacy, knowledge, and participation, and (3) the role of the mass media in facilitating or hindering this relationship. Political communication includes explicitly political activities like voting and political campaigns. It also encompasses any issue of public debate or deliberation, including culture and social movements.

Research Centers & Initiatives

Center for Business Civic Engagement

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Mission

The mission of the Center for Business Civic Engagement is to study the impact of the application of business theory and principles to government to determine if government can be both more effective and efficient for its stakeholders.

Civic Engagement Principles

Transparency

Government is a result of taxpayers voluntarily giving government money earned. Government has a responsibility, especially in this “tech age,” to be transparent so every citizen can see where every dollar is spent and what results have been achieved with the investment of he or her tax dollars. Transparent government results in both more effective and efficient government.

Accountability

Government plays a significance force in the lives of everyday people. With this use of power, there comes an accountability requirement. Every elected official is accountable to constituents, not just on Election Day, but everyday of the year. Government must work, and it must work in an efficient way.

Stewardship

Government officials must be exceptional stewards of resources, as resources come from hard-working individuals, entrepreneurs, and corporations. Stewardship should not be diminished because of politics.

Metrics Measurement

Constituents expect to see a return on their investment, a quantitative or qualitative way to justify the commitment of resources, money, labor and time. Government programs should have metrics to measure their effectiveness and their efficiency.

Civility

How can business engagement or business models maintain a civility among its diverse and inclusive populations? Can competitive business models help government reduce its level of hyper-partisanship?

Effective Business Advocacy

What tools can make business advocacy more effective in assuring elected officials on the economic impact of laws and regulations? How can businesses ensure their perspective is heard and part of the discussion on the tax and regulatory culture? What are the unintended consequences for the Free Enterprise system when business views are neither communicated or heard?

 

The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement

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The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships between the Mason community and community organizations.  We support these evolving relationships to ensure they contribute to both community development goals and student learning objectives.

  • Support for faculty integrating community based learning pedagogy into their courses
  • Point of contact for community organizations seeking mutually beneficial partnership with George Mason University faculty and students
  • Opportunities for students to earn course credit through their leadership and engagement in the local community
  • Alternative Break service-learning trips
  • Scholarship on community based learning pedagogy, student leadership development and the intersection of leadership, civic engagement and student learning
  • Co-sponsorship of campus events that promote community engagement and leadership development opportunities for students
  • Minor in Leadership Studies
  • Minor in Nonprofit Studies

We can help you make the connection between student learning goals and the opportunity to make a positive difference in our community.  For more information, visit: clce.gmu.edu.

Almanac of Virginia Politics

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The Virginia Almanac project at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government provides an informative record of legislative sources, key decision-makers, and the legislative process. The new online edition outlines the basic framework of Virginia politics by providing the raw data for analyzing the record of members of the General Assembly. As a historical tool the Almanac is useful to lobbyists, libraries, civic activists, and researchers. This easily accessible source is an indispensable tool for those who want to know the who, what, when, and how of Virginia politics.

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Schar School of Policy and GovernmentSchar School of Policy & Government

The mission of the Schar School of Policy and Government is to advance the public good. We provide our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Website:  schar.gmu.edu/

Email:  schar@gmu.edu
Phone
:  703-993-2280
Address:Founders Hall, Fifth Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Dean: Mark Rozell

 

Summary

Website:  schar.gmu.edu/

Email:  schar@gmu.edu
Phone
:  703-993-2280
Address:Founders Hall, Fifth Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Dean: Mark Rozell

 

About

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Undergraduate Student Services:
Robinson Hall A201, MS 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-1400
Email: gvip@gmu.edu
Fax: 703-993-1399

George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders and managers who solve problems and advance the public good in all sectors and levels of government—in the United States and throughout the world.

Our graduates apply the knowledge and skills gained in our classrooms at some of the most prestigious companies, consulting firms, nonprofits, multinational organizations, and government agencies in Washington, DC, and beyond. Decision-makers and the public use our faculty’s research to both understand and develop policy in a variety of areas.  In addition, we are committed to public service in our professions and in regional, national, and global communities.

Located where policy happens—just 3 miles from the Pentagon, 4 miles from The White House, and 6 miles from the U.S. Capitol Building—students are connected to jobs, internships, networking, and experiences that can only be found in the Washington, D.C., area.

It’s policy in action. Learning from professors with real-world experience, students gain the applicable skills and the practical knowledge to lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovate consulting solutions, or provide expert policy analysis. Schar School alumni apply what they learned in the classroom to pursue fulfilling and meaningful careers. Graduates are doing consequential work at leading employers including the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the World Bank, the United Nations, the National Endowment for Democracy, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, and many others.

Undergraduate Degrees

The Schar School is home to 700 undergraduate students, offering two majors in Government and International Politics and Public Administration.

If you are interested in a career in public service, then George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government is the place where you can find majors, classes, and internships that will help you launch a successful career and do the kind of work you dream of doing. Mason’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. gives you access to prestigious internships, policy events, and national and international meetings.

Government and International Politics, BA

The BA in government and international politics allows you to take core courses in American political institutions, the political systems of other countries, and international relations. You may choose from among 8 different concentrations.

If you are interested in career paths such as political analysis, public service, law, campaigns, and research, then Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government is the place where you can find majors, classes, and internships that will help you launch a successful career and do the kind of work you dream of doing. Mason’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. gives you access to prestigious internships, policy events, and national and international meetings.

When you major in Government and International Politics, you will learn to critically examine the complexities of national and international issues, as well as political issues, processes, and actors.

You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through one of the following concentrations:

The BA in Government and International Politics requires the completion of 43 credits, including five core courses and a senior seminar.

Minors

  • International Security
  • Legal Studies
  • American Government
  • Global Systems
  • International/Comparative Studies
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Urban and Suburban Studies

The Schar School Faculty
Our faculty members are world-class scholars in the fields of political science and international relations. Their expertise is sought after and they have extensive experience providing counsel, advice, and instruction to policymakers in Washington, D.C. and beyond. As a student in their classes, you can gain insight into the most pressing issues and innovative approaches to political research and analysis, and get connections to “boots on the ground” policymakers.

First and foremost, however, the Schar School faculty members are committed to quality teaching. As a result, you will get to know your professors here and form mentoring relationships with them. That will help you do better in class, make wise decisions about internships and careers, and glean wisdom to be successful in life.

Internships
One of the best ways to find a job after graduation is to complete an internship that will offer you real-world experience and the chance to build a professional network. Schar School students intern at a variety of places, including:

  • Capitol Hill
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Middle East Institute
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • Law firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Lobbying groups

You can earn up to six academic credits of internship toward your degree.

Success after Graduation
A degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University will give you the credentials to land a great job after graduation. Some of our recent graduates have been hired by companies and organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Foreign Service Institute
  • U.S. Department of Commerce

As a Government and International Politics graduate, you will also have access to 13,000 fellow Schar School alumni who have the careers you want, who work as leaders for the organizations you want to work for, and with whom you can network and develop relationships.

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Public Administration, BS

Public administration focuses on how public policy is implemented within the society. Course topics include economics, management, public policy, international politics, and American government. You may choose a concentration in administration and management, economic policy analysis, international political economy, nonprofit management, public policy, or US government and institutions.

By majoring in Public Administration, you can prepare for an exciting and fulfilling career in government and nonprofit management. Courses focus on leadership, administration, and public policy in the political setting of public management. You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through one of the following concentrations:

  • Administration and management
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • International Political Economy
  • Nonprofit management
  • Public policy
  • U.S. government institutions

The B.S. in Public Administration requires completion of 52 credits, including eight core credits and a senior seminar.

The Schar School Faculty
Our faculty’s passion for public service and policymaking matches that of our students. They are scholars in the disciplines of policy, government, and international affairs who seek to make a difference and serve. So much so, that they often refer to themselves as “pracademics,” scholars who connect learning with practice, provide council and commonsense for Washington, D.C., policymakers, and prepare their students to be successful leaders. We call that impact-driven scholarship.

First and foremost, however, the Schar School faculty members are committed to quality teaching. As a result, you will get to know your professors here and form mentoring relationships with them. That will help you do better in class, make wise decisions about internships and careers, and glean wisdom to be successful in life.

Internships
One of the best ways to find a job after graduation is to complete an internship that will offer you real-world experience and the chance to build a professional network. Schar School students intern at a variety of places, including:

  • Capitol Hill legislative offices
  • Executive Office of the President of the United States
  • Fairfax County Government
  • Partnership for Public Service
  • The U.S. Senate

You can earn up to six academic credits of internship toward your degree.

Success after Graduation
A degree in Public Administration from George Mason University will give you the credentials to land a great job after graduation. Our public administration graduates are hired by some of the most prestigious companies, nonprofits, and government agencies in Washington, D.C., and beyond, including:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Loudoun County Circuit Court
  • FedBid, Inc.

As a Public Administration graduate, you will also have access to 13,000 fellow Schar School alumni who have the careers you want, who work as leaders for the organizations you want to work for, and with whom you can network and develop relationships.

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Masters Programs

At the Schar School, you will refine and expand your academic knowledge and applied skills. Whether you desire to lead a government or nonprofit organization, design and improve public policies and programs, develop innovative consulting solutions, or provide expert analysis, you will graduate from Mason as a prepared and impactful leader. Be one who advances the public good across all sectors.

The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University is one of the best schools of its kind in the country. We will prepare you to be a leader and manager who can solve problems and advance the public good. At the Schar School, professors with real-world experience combine theory and practice in the classroom. You will gain the applicable skills and the practical knowledge you need to advance your career and lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovative consulting solutions, or provide expert policy analysis.

The Schar School also has a strong and proud community of 13,000 alumni, many of whom live and work in the Washington, D.C. area. This will help you build your professional network.

Biodefense, MS

This program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government.

Understanding biological threats is more important in today’s world than ever before. George Mason University’s Biodefense program bridges the gap between science and policy by providing you with the knowledge and analytic skills to assess the risks posed by natural and man-made biological threats and to develop strategies for reducing these risks to national and international security.

The master’s in Biodefense prepares students to become the next generation of biodefense and biosecurity professionals and scholars. This program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government.

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Biodefense, MS (Online Program)

The master’s in Biodefense program can be pursued entirely online. Online biodefense courses are an asynchronous format – instructors make the class instruction available online for students to access at any time from any location.
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International Commerce and Policy, MA

No other school in the Washington, D.C., area offers a program like this one. Broader than an MBA and more focused than a master’s in international affairs, George Mason University’s International Commerce and Policy (ICP) program will immerse you in the nexus of business, economics, international relations, and public policy. You will develop the skills and expertise in global finance, investment, trade, and development to excel and lead in the public and private sectors, multinational organizations, NGO’s, nonprofits, and consulting firms.

ICP is an innovative master’s degree program for current and aspiring private and public sector professionals who seek the knowledge and skills to be effective in an increasingly complex world marketplace. Designed to provide the practical tools needed to compete in the global economy, this interdisciplinary program explores the way business, technology, law, economics, and public policy affect complex cross-border activities. Unlike traditional international affairs programs, ICP focuses on international economic issues such as global trade and investment. It is also distinguished from an MBA program by providing training in the political, technological, cultural, and social aspects of the global economy.

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International Security, MA

George Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.

Recognizing the need to confront security threats facing the global community, George Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.

I-SEC provides a firm grounding in public-private and international collaborative responses to unconventional security challenges, ranging from threats like ebola, tsunamis, the use of drones, transnational crime, terrorism, illicit trade, proliferation of emerging technologies and WMD, and corruption, to state fragility, civil war and ethnic and sectarian conflict.  With its global and multidisciplinary approach to questions of human security, the program provides students the opportunity to grapple with a new generation of economic, political, environmental, and science and technology-driven issues.

There will be a strong emphasis on public service and ethics, focusing on how to make wise strategic decisions regarding the use of force and when to respond, when to intervene and not intervene.

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Organization Development and Knowledge Management, MS

Development & Knowledge Management (ODKM) cohort master’s program, you will explore organizational leadership theory and practice, the shift from hierarchical structures to group-based learning, and best practices to promote the creation of adaptive, collaborative work environments. You will graduate with the capacity to manage, evaluate, and affect rapid change in government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations.

The ODKM program is designed to meet the needs of contemporary society and of organizations undergoing rapid changes and shifting from hierarchical structures to more group-based learning environments. While focusing on the human and social aspects of organizing, the program also emphasizes the use of collaborative groupware technologies to support interactive learning, knowledge sharing, and knowledge creation.

This unique cohort program is offered as a part-time executive format with classes offered primarily on Friday evenings and Saturdays on alternating weekends.

Peace Operations, MS

Join other peacebuilding, government, and military professionals who are earning the country’s only master’s degree in Peace Operations. The program focuses on the study of international interventions that aim to restore or maintain peace and stability in areas affected by conflict or natural disaster. You will study post-conflict reconstruction, recovery and development, as well as diplomacy and security.

The aim of the program is to teach students to think critically about the challenges to bring about peace and stability; recognize and appreciate the interests of the diverse actors typically involved in peace operations; understand the negotiating strategies used to sort out competing goals; develop practical strategies for promoting collaboration and teamwork; and craft and share analyses and proposals for solutions through written and oral presentations.

Political Science, MA

As a student in Mason’s political science program, you will learn from the best. Some of our country’s leading political commentators are members of our faculty: Mark Rozell, Jennifer Victor, Jeremy Mayer, Mark Katz, A. Trevor Thrall, and Toni-Michelle Travis. Others, like Peter Mandaville, Robert Deitz, and Michael Hayden, have extensive experience at the highest levels of the federal government. They all publish widely and the media often seek them out for their analysis on national and international affairs. They will help you deepen your understanding of political processes at all levels of government, improve your research skills, and provide you with a foundation in international relations, comparative politics, or American politics. Graduates are prepared to work in nonprofits and consulting firms, teach at home or abroad, serve in government and politics, or continue their studies in doctoral programs.

Public Administration, MPA

Sound leadership and management are vital to organizational and governmental effectiveness. The George Mason University Master of Public Administration (MPA) program puts you on a path toward a senior-level position in an organization that implements and manages public policies. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect, along with the tools to enhance your communication, budgeting, and analytic skills. As a graduate of one of the largest MPA programs in the country, you will join thousands of Schar School alumni working in various roles in local, state, and national government, nonprofit management, and many other careers

Public Policy, MPP

Effective public policies advance the public good. The George Mason University Master of Public Policy (MPP) program prepares you to move into influential positions in the policy world. You will develop skills in policymaking and analysis necessary to understand and solve critical problems.

Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics, MA

Effective transportation policy strengthens communities and global competitiveness. George Mason University’s master’s degree program in Transportation, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL) will train you in the advanced theory, policy, law, research, and practices required to effectively and efficiently supply and operate transportation facilities and services. You will learn to think critically and analytically about the challenges and opportunities in the transportation field, and to communicate your analysis clearly through written and oral presentations. Graduates of the TPOL program hold influential positions at all levels of government, and in the transportation and consulting industries.

PhD Programs

By pursuing your PhD at the Schar School, you can study with scholars in a wide variety of fields and conduct research that can help you become an subject matter expert in your field and a key influencer who shapes public debate.

As a PhD student at the Schar School, you can study with eminent scholars in a wide variety of fields and conduct groundbreaking research to help you become a subject matter expert in your field and a key authority who influences public debate. Whether you desire to teach and do research at a university, lead a government or nonprofit organization, or craft innovative public policies and programs, we will prepare you to be the leader and academic you want to be.

At the Schar School, students and faculty work side by side to explore the intersection of technology, culture, organizational dynamics, international affairs, and public policy, conducting research that influences decisions at the local, national, and multinational levels. You and your faculty advisor will work together to design a personalized curriculum appropriate to your academic and professional background and goals. This allows you to tie your studies directly to your current and future career objectives, while taking advantage of the extensive resources available in the nation’s capital.

Our PhD programs’ flexibility also fosters a culturally and philosophically diverse community of scholars and practitioners, where the marketplace of ideas is embraced and innovation is encouraged.

The PhD programs produce candidates able to tackle the full spectrum of policy challenges, well prepared for senior-level careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and in academia.

Biodefense, PhD

The doctoral program in biodefense is designed to prepare you to serve as a scholar and a professional in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity.

Mason developed the Biodefense program in response to biological threats: biological warfare, bioterrorism, and infectious diseases. The doctoral program in biodefense is designed to prepare you to serve as a scholar and a professional in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity. Other areas of biodefense including nonproliferation, intelligence and threat assessment, and medical and public health preparedness are integral parts of the program. Because of the breadth of the program, students with backgrounds in science and other areas, such as international affairs, political science, law, public policy, and conflict resolution, are encouraged to apply.

The PhD in Biodefense will provide you with a background in the science and technology of biodefense and specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to bridge the gap between scientists and policy-makers on each of these levels. You will also develop the knowledge of natural and man-made biological threats and the skills to develop and analyze policies and strategies for enhancing biosecurity.

Director: Gregory Koblentz
Email: biodefense@gmu.edu

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Political Science, PhD

The PhD in political science prepares you for teaching, research, and careers in government, consulting, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations.

The PhD in political science prepares you for teaching, research, and careers in government, consulting, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations. The program allows you to combine your studies with experience in the kinds of complex domestic and international political organizations you will be studying.

This model for political science education, patterned after the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellows Program, is designed to foster scholarship and a firsthand understanding of domestic and international institutions such as think tanks, international bodies, nongovernmental organizations, journals of political opinion, and congressional and executive branch offices.

Director: Ming Wan
Email: politics@gmu.edu

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Public Policy, PhD

At every level of government, and throughout the private and nonprofit sectors, there is a need for expert policy analysis and implementation. The PhD in Public Policy will prepare you to be a leader in the policy world.

At every level of government, and throughout the private and nonprofit sectors, there is a need for expert policy analysis and implementation. The PhD in Public Policy will prepare you to be a leader in the policy world. The expertise and academic interests of the Schar School faculty is extensive, so you can choose from a wide variety of research topics. The advantage of the Schar School’s interdisciplinary approach to public policy is that there is no defined list of fields from which you must choose. In fact, you can define your own field of research. You can also conduct your research through one of the program’s concentrations.

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Graduate Certificates

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Tom DavisTom Davis

Rector: Board of Visitors, George Mason University 2011 to 2020
Former US Congressman: Virginia US House District 11

Tom Davis is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives who represented Virginia’s 11th congressional district in Northern Virginia. Davis was considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by five-term incumbent and fellow Republican John Warner in the 2008 election, but decided against it. He announced on January 30, 2008, that he would not seek reelection to an eighth term

He is currently a director of federal government affairs at Deloitte and the rector (head of the Board of Visitors) of George Mason University and a trustee of its Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Summary

Rector: Board of Visitors, George Mason University 2011 to 2020
Former US Congressman: Virginia US House District 11

Tom Davis is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives who represented Virginia’s 11th congressional district in Northern Virginia. Davis was considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by five-term incumbent and fellow Republican John Warner in the 2008 election, but decided against it. He announced on January 30, 2008, that he would not seek reelection to an eighth term

He is currently a director of federal government affairs at Deloitte and the rector (head of the Board of Visitors) of George Mason University and a trustee of its Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

About

Source: Wikipedia

Early Life and Education

Davis was born in Minot, North Dakota, and moved to Fairfax County at an early age. He was a U.S. Senate Page and graduated as president of the senior class at the United States Capitol Page School in 1967. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He attended Officer Candidate School of the U.S. Army, served on active duty, and spent eight years with the Virginia National Guardand the U.S. Army Reserve.

Political career

Davis was a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1994, serving as chairman of the Board of Supervisors from 1991 until his election to the House. During his service as board chairman, Fairfax County was ranked first financially by City and State magazine in their list of Top 50 Counties.

Congressional career

Davis won election to the House in 1994, the year of the Republican Contract with America. Davis defeated one-term incumbent Leslie Byrne. The Contract with America called for citizen-legislators who would retire after 12 years, instead of career politicians. Davis signed the Contract and voted in favor of the Citizens Legislature Act; however, the bill did not achieve support from the 2/3 majority needed for the amendment to pass. Although the 11th was considered a swing district, Davis was reelected five more times without substantive opposition in part due to his popularity in Fairfax County. He even ran unopposed in 1998 and 2002.

In 2006, Davis faced an unexpectedly strong challenge from Democrat Andrew Hurst, but was reelected with 55 percent of the vote—his lowest total since his initial bid against Byrne. Nonetheless, he began fundraising for a Senate bid in 2007.[10] In his 2004 term, on what the Washington Post deemed to be his then-most recent “key votes”, Davis voted 10 times out of the last 13 times (77 percent) for the Republican Party position. On a series of 1,700 votes reported by The Washington Post, Davis voted over 89 percent of the time in favor of the Republican position. Nevertheless, Davis was sometimes described as a moderate; he supported someabortion rights and voting rights for the District of Columbia, and opposed a state car tax phase-out in 2006.

Davis was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 1998 to 2002. According to The Federal Paper, he then sought the chairmanship of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Davis had less seniority than the other contenders for this chairmanship, but some Republicans wanted to reward him for his work as NRCC chairman, including his supervision of a $160 million fundraising effort. Davis’s deputy on the NRCC, Tom Reynolds of New York, became the next NRCC chairman.

Legislative activity

Davis was chair of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina. Democrats, who had proposed an independent investigation, objected and did not officially take part in the committee. The committee proceeded, eventually producing a stinging report critical of government’s response to the disaster.

Davis introduced the bill that became the Elizabeth Morgan Act, passed in 1996. In 2003, a federal appeals court ruled that the act was an unconstitutional bill of attainder.

Davis has been instrumental in getting federal funding for the replacement of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Davis sponsored legislation creating a financial control board for Washington, D.C. He was in charge, until 2000, of the Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, generally favoring allowing the District government more autonomy.

Apparently in a surprise to the House Judiciary Committee, the Reform Committee passed HR 2043 (the DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act), a bill Davis introduced to provide the District of Columbia with voting representation in Congress. This bill differs from other bills that would grant the district the right to elect Representatives. HR 2043 requires the addition of two representatives, one in Washington, D.C., and one in Utah, by raising the number of Representatives from 435 to 437. Originally, the number of House seats would return to 435 after the 2010 Census, with Washington, D.C. retaining a full vote in the House., but later versions of the bill make the expansion to 437 seats permanent. The bill did not make it to the House floor, however.

The bill was reintroduced, cosponsored by Davis, as the “District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007”, as H.R. 1433 in the 110th Congress. The bill permanently increases the size of the House by two members. One seat will go to the District of Columbia and the other seat will go to the next state in line to get a congressional seat. Based on the 2000 decennial census and apportionment calculations, Utah will get the second seat until the reapportionment taking place after the 2010 Decennial Census.On March 13, 2007 it passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with a vote of 24–5.

Post-congressional career

On November 17, 2008, Davis joined Deloitte Consulting in their Washington, D.C. office. He resigned from Congress on November 24, 2008.

Davis served as President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a moderate Republican organization.

He has also started teaching a class at George Mason University, called “Southern Politics” in the 2008 Fall Semester.

In the Spring and Fall of 2010, Davis taught Political Parties and Campaigns. The course is described as “Characteristics and functions of political parties, influence of parties and other political forces on electoral decisions, and emphasis on parties’ inability or ability to hold government accountable to citizens” in the catalog. Former Virginia U.S. Representative Jim Moran also teaches the class with him.

On December 21, 2010, it was announced that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Davis to be a member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors, filling one of the five seats on the Board allotted to Virginia.

In August 2014 Davis was named rector of George Mason University. He had been on the university’s Board of Visitors since 2013.

Davis is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One, a group of former members of congress, governors and cabinet officials dedicated to campaign finance reform.

Videos

Tom Davis Speaks at GMU – Parts I & II

Rick Sincere | May 17, 2009
Introduced by Dean Jack R. Censer of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of George Mason University, former U.S. Representative Tom Davis (R-VA11) delivers the Convocation Address at the Patriot Center on Friday, May 15, 2009.

One-on-One with Tom Davis

Mason Votes | Nov. 5, 2014
WGMU’s General Manager, Storm Paglia goes one-on-one for a post election interview with Rector of George Mason University, Tom Davis

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First Tuesday Speaker Series @MasonFirst Tuesday Speaker Series

Speakers:  Annie Holton, Peter Hart, Danny Diaz, Tom Davis, Terry McAuliffe, Karen Tumulty, Robby Mook, and Norman Ornstein

Moderator: Steve Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am EDT
Day: Tuesday October 2, 2018
Place: Fenwick Library Reading Room, George Mason University, Fairfax VA

About the Speaker Series
Initial article from Mason News  Sept. 7, 2018

From Mason News September 24, 2018
By Damian Cristodero

Steven Pearlstein believes the main reason that many people, particularly students, are skeptical about politics is because of their information—or lack thereof.

“Because of what they’ve read or heard, they have a misconception about what campaigns and politics are about,” he said, “about why campaigns behave the way they do, about why voters vote the way they do.”

The Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University is trying to change that with his First Tuesday speaker series, so named because the series leads to Election Day, which is Nov. 6, the first Tuesday of the month.

Held in conjunction with Pearlstein’s Honors College seminar (HNRS 131 Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives), the Tuesday series in Fenwick Library’s Main Reading Room on the Fairfax Campus features speakers immersed in contemporary politics. Those include former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, now a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government; Mason alumnus Danny Diaz, who was Jeb Bush’s campaign manager; and Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty.

“When they actually see a real human being talk, it humanizes [political experts] in a way and makes you a lot less cynical,” said Pearlstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at The Washington Post. “You can also pick up a lot of information about what’s important in campaigns, how people who are involved think about it. But you need to see that. I can tell [students], but it wouldn’t mean anything. They have to see it.”

Experiences are the driver of Pearlstein’s class, which operates without a textbook—though, in a real sense, Pearlstein said, “The textbook is being written in real time every week by The Washington Post and The New York Times and Politico and CNN and Fox News. [The students] have to go read this stuff.”

In one exercise, students are matched with individuals in the community who have differing political views. Once a week, students speak with their partners. Those conversations are then explored in the classroom.

The First Tuesday speaker series, which is also open to faculty, staff and the community (coffee and donuts are served, by the way), enhances the course work.

Mason Visiting Professor Anne Holton, former secretary of education for Virginia and wife of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., spoke about the emotional rollercoaster a family goes through during a political campaign. Peter Hart, one of the nation’s top analysts of public opinion, explained how political polls reflect the mood of the moment and should not be thought of as election predictors.

“These talks are very cool,” said Nick Steinmetz, a sophomore majoring in government and international politics. “It’s [about] understanding politics and understanding campaigns in a much more fleshed-out, nuanced way. It opens up views I didn’t think about.”

“It’s just a great series to be doing in a community that is politically engaged, as is this one,” Holton said. “I was thrilled to be part of it.”

First Tuesday Speaker Series @Mason

Mason Visiting Professor Anne Holton, former Virginia secretary of education and wife of Sen. Tim Kaine, spoke with Robinson Professor Steven Pearlstein about how political campaigns impact the family of a candidate. Photo by Damian Cristodero.

Tom Davis

George Mason University rector and former GOP congressman from Virginia

Moderator: Steve Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am EDT
Day: Tuesday October 2, 2018
Place: Fenwick Library Reading Room, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
Aircaster: Jim McLean, Information Technology Services and Mason onAir

Terry McAuliffe

Mason Distinguished Visiting Professor and former governor of Virginia

Moderator: Steve Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am EDT
Day: Tuesday October 16, 2018
Place: Fenwick Library Reading Room, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
Aircaster: Cruz Sanchez, Mason Cable Network and Mason onAir

Karen Tumulty

Washington Post political columnist

Moderator: Steve Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am EDT
Day: Tuesday October 23 2018
Place: Fenwick Library Reading Room, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
Aircaster: Cruz Sanchez, Mason Cable Network and Mason onAir

Robby Mook

Former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton

Moderator: Steve Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am EDT
Day: Tuesday October 30, 2018
Place: Fenwick Library Reading Room, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
Aircaster: Cruz Sanchez, Mason Cable Network and Mason onAir

Norman Ornstein

Co-author of the book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

Moderator: Steve Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Time: 9:00 to 10:30 am EDT
Day: Tuesday November 13, 2018
Place: Fenwick Library Reading Room, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
AircasterJim McLean and Mason onAir

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Tom Davis onElectionsTom Davis on Elections

Tom Davis, George Mason University rector and former GOP congressman from Virginia, answers questions from Steve Pearlstein and the audience at the First Tuesday Speaker Series.

Tom Davis discusses the 2018 elections with a focus on the Virginia congressional races.

Summary

Tom Davis, George Mason University rector and former GOP congressman from Virginia, answers questions from Steve Pearlstein and the audience at the First Tuesday Speaker Series.

Tom Davis discusses the 2018 elections with a focus on the Virginia congressional races.

Complete Video

6 Minute Edited Video

About Tom Davis

Rector: Board of Visitors, George Mason University
Former US Congressman: Virginia US House District 11

Tom Davis is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives who represented Virginia’s 11th congressional district in Northern Virginia. Davis was considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by five-term incumbent and fellow Republican John Warner in the 2008 election, but decided against it. He announced on January 30, 2008, that he would not seek reelection to an eighth term

He is currently a director of federal government affairs at Deloitte and the rector (head of the Board of Visitors) of George Mason University and a trustee of its Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.

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Transcript

An edited transcript of the full one hour and thirteen video is summarized below.

After introducing Tom  Davis, Steve Pearlstein asks Tom Davis the following questions…

What’s happened to your Republican Party?

3:10 to 5:40
Base migrated from country club to the country.
If you live in a county with a Whole Foods in it, you probably voted  for Hillary Clinton and if  you live in a county with a Cracker Barrel joke, you probably voted for Trump… [lady says], don’t you mean crazy barrel… I said to her “I rest my case”.

What about the abortion issue?

5:50 to 6:40
Litmus test now.

How do special interests affect the parties?

6:40 to 8:20
Gun control for example.
No reward for Republicans for  being anti-gun [control].

Is it fair to say that negative feelings are stronger than positive feelings?

8:30 to 10:20
It’s now all negative … “anger is what drives voters”

If you continued to be in House, would you still be around?”

10:20 to 14:00
Who would want to be.
Would have gotten some help from  2012 redistricting
Minority party is now the “opposition” party.
Was the “Whip” for TARP.

13:20
If you can’t take a tough vote, why are you here?

Why do the people who have the power to change [the system], don’t change it?

14:06 to 16:00
For most members, the only election is the primary election.
I could d0 things because I was a Committee Chairman … 15:00 Steroid hearings

What would it take to bring the Republican Party back to the center …  have a bigger tent … more diversity?

16:00 to 17:14
Take losing an election
For example, the tea party was once for deficit reduction … governing is tough…

Why haven’t the Republicans won a state-wide race since 2009?

17:15 to 22:10
Part of it was candidate selection … If the party nominated a mammal, they would have won (18:50)
Conventions are the true believers of the true believers. Liberals and conservatives have passion, moderates have lives.

Will incumbents choose to become independents so don’t need to run in a primary and appeal to the true believers?

22:10 to 24:30
If you are a strong enough personality, can overcome.

What about campaign finance reform?

24:30 to 30:25

I thought McCain-Feingold was one the of the worst bills.
Where do you think this money is going to go? now don’t even know  where this money comes from… When we see a problem, we over fix it.
With super PACs, candidates have absolutely lost control over their campaigns and the message.
Super PAC money is mostly right or left with exceptions for example my super PACs (No Labels).
Media is similar… successful business models …  tune in to get their world views validated.
28:55- Now get news over Internet, over phones… crap to content ration is now exceptionally high.
29:35- We end up in tribes. 

Can one run a positive campaign today?

30:30- 32:20
Communicate with supportive PACs by putting stuff up on your website

Are you supporting Corey Stewart?

32:20-33:00
I am a rector of a university… but I am supporting Barbara Comstock

Why doesn’t Comstock separate herself from Trump?

33:00 to 39:50
Primary pushed her to right. Trying to be her own person as best she can. Both times she’s run ahead of her polls. Her message is to take care of people of Northern Virginia. Guns… endorsed by NRA.
37:50 There are no more earmarks [to impact legislation]. Earmarks give everyone skin in the game. Allows members to personalize districts. Makes harder for bills to pass. Somebody earmarks somewhere down the line [even if no earmarks].

Nationally, is Kavanaugh helpful or hurtful?

39:50 to 42:35
Depends on where you are. The Senate is clearly more important body. Helps Republicans in the Senate not in House.

What do people misunderstand about politics and politicians?

42:35 to 48:10
Most people are in politics for the right reasons. Pretty good people. Look at Tim Kaine.
Try to look at other politicians through their lenses. I had a great relationship with Democrat Henry Waxman. Terri Schiavo case showed how we could work together.

What’s your prediction for the control of the House and the Senate?

48:10 to 52:45
Hard to see Repubs holding the House. Hard for Dems to take the Senate.
51:50
New governance model, Senate now much more important. Courts are very important.

Any prediction about David Brat …?

52:45 to  54:45
Much more republican district than 10th. Close race.  Comstock even more difficult. Scott Taylor in 2nd district is also in trouble. Democrats have found strong candidates in each of these districts. Leslie Cochburn [5th district] has zero shot.

Does Paul Ryan have control of the House?

[Audience question]:
54:50 to 56:40
Yes... Republicans make huge mistake to ignore immigration issues.
Later. If don’t hold House, McCarthy will get it if caucus vote.

 

You think Trump is more about values, culture, geography coalition more than coalition about forgotten  [poor] Americans?

[Pearlstein question]
1:00:00  to 1:01:00

Still about race. Republicans a much whiter party. Lots of districts of both parties have poor people. Racism, immigrants issues.

Do you think Republicans will ever be able to come up with health care plan?

[Audience question]
1:01:00 to 1:04:30

They did come up with a plan. Yes… may not be something you like. Where’s your allocation of resources? My theory is that spend too much money on rewarding retirees… 66% of  budget. Irony is that old people are voting Republican and young  people Democratic. With rising interest rates, debt will become more and more of a problem.

Why are old people voting Republican?

[Pearlstein questions]
1:04:30  to 1:05:25

Culture. They are old school. 

What happens to Nancy Pelosis if Democrats take the House?

1:05:25 to 1:08:00
She is a pretty good speaker. She get it and take more than one ballot.
Governing is a tough business. Skills to get elected are very different than skills to govern.

Were you part of Contract for America?

[Audience question]:
1:08:00 to 1:09:00
Was for most of it.
Suggests Dems to make this election about Trump.

What about medical marijuana?

1:09:00 to 1:13:45
I don’t want America become like Yemen. More research maybe helpful.
You could lose a primary over the issue.
I was responsible for co-sponsoring cigarette regulation at FDA.

About the First Tuesday Speaker Series

From Mason News September 24, 2018
By Damian Cristodero

First Tuesday Speaker Series

Peter Hart, Dean of American Political Pollsters, speaks to students during the First Tuesday speaker series, a weekly series on the 2018 Congressional Elections, in the Main Reading Room at Fenwick Library. Photo by Lathan Goumas/Strategic Communications

Steven Pearlstein believes the main reason that many people, particularly students, are skeptical about politics is because of their information—or lack thereof.

“Because of what they’ve read or heard, they have a misconception about what campaigns and politics are about,” he said, “about why campaigns behave the way they do, about why voters vote the way they do.”

The Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University is trying to change that with his First Tuesday speaker series, so named because the series leads to Election Day, which is Nov. 6, the first Tuesday of the month.

Held in conjunction with Pearlstein’s Honors College seminar (HNRS 131 Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives), the Tuesday series in Fenwick Library’s Main Reading Room on the Fairfax Campus features speakers immersed in contemporary politics. Those include former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, now a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government; Mason alumnus Danny Diaz, who was Jeb Bush’s campaign manager; and Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty.

“When they actually see a real human being talk, it humanizes [political experts] in a way and makes you a lot less cynical,” said Pearlstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at The Washington Post. “You can also pick up a lot of information about what’s important in campaigns, how people who are involved think about it. But you need to see that. I can tell [students], but it wouldn’t mean anything. They have to see it.”

Experiences are the driver of Pearlstein’s class, which operates without a textbook—though, in a real sense, Pearlstein said, “The textbook is being written in real time every week by The Washington Post and The New York Times and Politico and CNN and Fox News. [The students] have to go read this stuff.”

In one exercise, students are matched with individuals in the community who have differing political views. Once a week, students speak with their partners. Those conversations are then explored in the classroom.

The First Tuesday speaker series, which is also open to faculty, staff and the community (coffee and donuts are served, by the way), enhances the course work.

Mason Visiting Professor Anne Holton, former secretary of education for Virginia and wife of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., spoke about the emotional rollercoaster a family goes through during a political campaign. Peter Hart, one of the nation’s top analysts of public opinion, explained how political polls reflect the mood of the moment and should not be thought of as election predictors.

“These talks are very cool,” said Nick Steinmetz, a sophomore majoring in government and international politics. “It’s [about] understanding politics and understanding campaigns in a much more fleshed-out, nuanced way. It opens up views I didn’t think about.”

“It’s just a great series to be doing in a community that is politically engaged, as is this one,” Holton said. “I was thrilled to be part of it.”

First Tuesday Speaker Series @Mason

Mason Visiting Professor Anne Holton, former Virginia secretary of education and wife of Sen. Tim Kaine, spoke with Robinson Professor Steven Pearlstein about how political campaigns impact the family of a candidate. Photo by Damian Cristodero.

For more on the First Tuesday Speaker Series, see this post.

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Sergei A. SamoilenkoSergei A. Samoilenko

Instructor, Communication Department, George Mason University
Faculty Advisor, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Sergei Samoilenko's research focus is on public relations, crisis communication, reputation management, new media.

Summary

Sergei Samoilenko’s research focus is on public relations, crisis communication, reputation management, new media.

Summary

Instructor, Communication Department, George Mason University
Faculty Advisor, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Sergei Samoilenko’s research focus is on public relations, crisis communication, reputation management, new media.

Information

Webpagecommunication.gmu.edu/people/ssamoyle

Websites: Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA);  Academia.edu;  YouTube;   Twitter;  LinkedIn
CARP – Lab for Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP)

Email:  ssamoyle@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8472
Address: Robinson Hall A 339
Fairfax, Va. 22030

About

In addition to instructing, Sergei A. Samoilenko is the faculty advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). He develops and coordinates career-building activities for communication students, including: professional workshops, public outreach projects, job fairs and student mixers in the Washington D.C. area. He also assists the Center for Global Education (CGE) at George Mason with developing CGE summer programs in public relations in Austria and Germany.

Sergei actively contributes to the development of communication education internationally. He is the Immediate Past President of the Eurasian Communication Association of North America (ECANA) established to facilitate former Soviet Union-related communication research, education and its practical social application in Russia and the US, and promote joint projects between scholars from Russia, CIS and Baltic states and their North American counterparts. He is a co-founder and a board member of the Kazakhstan Communication Association. He is also an active member of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communications Management.

Sergei is a co-chair of the University Relations Committee at the Public Relations Society of America-NCC and a judge of the National Bateman Public Relations Case Study Contest (since 2011). His professional service is focused on bridging academic and professional communities in the areas of marketing, public relations and social media. He sees his mission in helping communication practitioners acquire new skills and adapt to global marketplaces and emerging online communities. He developed and held numerous public relations and marketing workshops and webinars in the US, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Prior to his appointment at Mason, Sergei worked as youth counselor, professional interpreter, and a public relations specialist. His former companies and projects included: The Salvation Army, FAB (Caspian Pipeline Consortium), TACIS, International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, The American Association of Russian Language, Culture and Education, and others.

Sergei’s areas of expertise include public relations, public diplomacy, risk and crisis communication, international and intercultural communication, marketing communication and promotion, organizational development and technology, and counseling.

Education

Master’s in Communication (Health, Risk and Crisis) at George Mason University

Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Kuban State University in Russia.

Selected Publications

His recent publications include book chapters in: The Handbook of International Crisis Communication Research (In M. Loeffelholz, A. Schwarz, & M. Seeger), The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics (In K. Harvey), The Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Strategies (In H.Selden). Sergei has also co-authored the first Russian textbook in government relations: In I. Mintusov (Ed.). Government Relations: Theory and Practice. Saint Petersburg State University Press. A list of recent publications is available at https://gmu.academia.edu/SergeiSamoilenko

GMU PRSSA

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It is our hope that you have the passion for PR just as we do!

If you’re interested in PR and want to get your foot in the door
then GMU PRSSA is for YOU!

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. We seek to advance the public relations profession by nurturing generations of future professionals. We advocate rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession.

Who We Are

PRSSA is made up of more than 11,000 students and advisers organized into 300 plus chapters in the United States and one in Argentina. We are headquartered in New York City, and led by a National Committee of PRSSA and PRSA members. We have a rich history of support from our parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which offers professional development, networking opportunities and news.

PRSSA helps you enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career in public relations.

Mason News Articles

New research center seeks to understand and counter character smears

by Kristin Leonato  June 13, 2017

The Department of Communication launched a new and timely research lab in fall 2016. The Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) Research Lab is led by an interdisciplinary research team of scholars particularly interested in the deliberate destruction of an individual’s reputation or credibility through character attacks. More importantly, the team is examining how to combat these attacks in an ever-changing media landscape.

Sergei Samoilenko, MA Communication ’07, is a Mason alumnus as well as a faculty member. With his expertise in public relations, crisis communication, and new media, he is well-equipped to lead the CARP Research Lab. Samoilenko’s interest in the study of character assassination began several years ago, inspired by the work of his friend and Mason colleague, Eric Shiraev.

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More than sticks and stones

International conference on character assassination studies the phenomenon from the background of diverse disciplines

by Anne Reynolds | August 2, 2017

More than sticks and stones

George Mason University’s Character Assassination and Reputational Politics (CARP) Research Lab has released a report summarizing key points from its first international conference. The report examines today’s contemporary media environment and how it lends itself to rising incivility in society, as well as the character-centered competition that has played an increasing role in politics.

Read more

Videos

Universal PR Professional of Tomorrow

Published Oct. 10, 2016 | SergDC

Самойленко Сергей А. (США, Фэрфакс) | Samoilenko, Sergei A. (USA, Fairfax)

Published July 8, 2016 | Department SC

Materials of the third International Transdisciplinary Research and Practice Online Conference Connect-Universum-2016, the theme of the Conference: “Digital Nomadism as a Global and Siberian Trend”.
Topic of the Report: “Understanding New Digital Nomads: Generation Z and their Communication Habits”

Sergei A. Samoilenko – full-time communication instructor at the Department of Communication, George Mason University; faculty advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

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Mason onAirGMU onAir Chapter

The GMU Democracy onAir chapter is the first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and the lead university chapter for Virginia.

Undergrad student members are affiliated with a number of GMU schools, departments, and programs including: Schar School of Policy and Government, the Department of Communication, and the Film and Video Studies program. A undergrad student club/student organization is also being formed to work in tandem with the GMU onAir Chapter.

GMU grad students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Mason participate as chapter members. Virginia onAir Hub coordinators also started onAir chapters at VCU and Virginia Tech.

Summary

The GMU Democracy onAir chapter is the first and model chapter for Virginia onAir and the lead university chapter for Virginia.

Undergrad student members are affiliated with a number of GMU schools, departments, and programs including: Schar School of Policy and Government, the Department of Communication, and the Film and Video Studies program. A undergrad student club/student organization is also being formed to work in tandem with the GMU onAir Chapter.

GMU grad students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Mason participate as chapter members. Virginia onAir Hub coordinators also started onAir chapters at VCU and Virginia Tech.

About

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir

Locations

Fairfax Campus
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Web

Mason Votes

Videos

David Bulova Town Hall
Published on March 3, 2019
By: Virginia onAir

When:    Saturday February 2nd at 9:00 to 11:00 am
Where:   Fairfax City Hall Council Chambers at 10455 Armstrong Street (parking in rear of City Hall offices)
Web:       Recorded by Nic Barta for Virginia onAir edited by Ny-jhee Jones.

Summary of the event – Go to this post.

Activities

Chapter members commit to curating at least one politician’s profile post – an elected official or candidate. Curating these posts include:

  • Communicating with a politician or their staff to insure profile content is accurate, current, and comprehensive
  • Adding news and events
  • Receiving emailed questions from post viewers and recording the politician’s answers in their profiles
  • Moderating post comments and suggestions
  • Assisting politicians with streaming their video updates then archiving them in the posts they are curating
  • Producing video interviews of politicians and voters in the district they are curating

Chapter members also can assist with organizing, streaming, and editing chapter events such as town halls, debates, forums, and candidate days.

Benefits

Beyond helping to reinvigorate a more civil and vibrant democracy in their state, chapter members will:

  • Have the same benefits as people and organizations that purchase premium memberships including a full member profile post and the ability to author or co-author issue related posts
  • Be able to network Virginia elected officials and political organizations
  • Acquire and develop their political communication and media skills
  • Gain experience and credibility to pursue job opportunities including with Democracy onAir and other democracy promoting organizations
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Shuaib AhmedShuaib Ahmed

I am recent graduate of George Mason University where I majored in information technology. I am currently a Director of Democracy onAir. Democracy onAir is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social enterprise that manages the US onAir Network and is the founding sponsor of the US onAir Coalition.

I led a team of five other GMU students as part of my IT senior design course to solve business challenges through technology for onAir Networks.

As a member of the GMU Democracy onAir Chapter, I hope to inspire other college students to be better engaged in politics.  I strongly believe that elections have consequences and each and every one of us has a responsibility to be informed citizens in the democratic process.

Summary

I am recent graduate of George Mason University where I majored in information technology. I am currently a Director of Democracy onAir. Democracy onAir is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social enterprise that manages the US onAir Network and is the founding sponsor of the US onAir Coalition.

I led a team of five other GMU students as part of my IT senior design course to solve business challenges through technology for onAir Networks.

As a member of the GMU Democracy onAir Chapter, I hope to inspire other college students to be better engaged in politics.  I strongly believe that elections have consequences and each and every one of us has a responsibility to be informed citizens in the democratic process.

About

Passionate, hardworking, detail-oriented, and analytical focused aspiring cyber security professional that is motivated to use technology to solve the world’s toughest challenges.

Technical proficiencies include:

  • Programming languages: Python and PHP
  • Operating systems: Windows 7, 8.x, 10, OSX, and Linux (Ubuntu 18.04, Kali)
  • Databases: Microsoft SQL Server, mySQL, Oracle Database Management
  • Information security tools: Nmap, Wireshark, OpenVPN
  • Methodologies: Risk management, project management, and enterprise security auditing (Sarbanes-Oxley 404)

Certifications: Security+ ce

Experience

Education

  • Information Technology
    George Mason University
    2016 to 2019

Work Experience

  • IT Audit Intern
    Leidos
    2019 to 2019

Volunteer Experience

  • MITRE Scout Engineering Day Volunteer
    MITRE
    2019 to 2019

    Volunteered in MITRE’s annual Scout Engineering Day.

Contact

Email: OnAir Member

Zipcode: 20164

Web

Websites

LinkedIn, Twitter

Twitter

Papers

Articles

Projects

4Front Capstone Team

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Kerrie Thompson 1Kerrie Thompson

I am currently the Outreach Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a recent graduate of  George Mason University. I majored in Global Affairs and was a Global Political Fellow where I interned with Democracy onAir.  I am also a member of the Democracy Squad @GMU.

My mission is to help expand the Virginia onAir network to other areas of the state to ultimately provide an all encompassing, unbiased source for news and general information on Virginia politics.

Summary

I am currently the Outreach Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a recent graduate of  George Mason University. I majored in Global Affairs and was a Global Political Fellow where I interned with Democracy onAir.  I am also a member of the Democracy Squad @GMU.

My mission is to help expand the Virginia onAir network to other areas of the state to ultimately provide an all encompassing, unbiased source for news and general information on Virginia politics.

About

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir

Videos

Interview with Delegate Karrie Delaney
Published on November 18, 2019
By: Virginia onAir

I interviewed Delegate Karrie Delaney at the redistricting forum on November 17, 2019 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Interview with Delegate Mark Levine
Published on November 17, 2019
By: Virginia onAir

I interviewed Delegate Mark Levine following the 2019 redistricting forum in Fairfax, Virginia.

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Personal Information

I have been an undergraduate at GMU since the fall of 2017 and began my major in Global Affairs in the spring of 2018. During my time at GMU, I have taken part in the Global Politics Fellowship offered by the Schar School of Government and Policy. I have also taken classes in advanced French language, and have completed a minor in Biological Sciences. Besides working as a part of the GMU onAir chapter, I also work as a part of the George Mason University Information department as a student employee. In the spring of 2020, I plan on continuing my work with Virginia onAir as well as taken part in an internship with Potomac Strategic Development in which I will lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of Lions Club International, Special Olympics International, and the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Organizations

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Mackenzie Gross 1Mackenzie Gross

I am the Aircasting Director for Virginia onAir.

I’m a senior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I interned with Democracy onAir through the Global Political Fellows program at the Schar School of Government.

Mackenzie is especially interested in facilitating online interviews with politicians… since everything is virtual right now and people are using the web to learn about and connect with politicians.

Summary

I am the Aircasting Director for Virginia onAir.

I’m a senior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I interned with Democracy onAir through the Global Political Fellows program at the Schar School of Government.

Mackenzie is especially interested in facilitating online interviews with politicians… since everything is virtual right now and people are using the web to learn about and connect with politicians.

onAir

Interview with Kerrie Thompson

Projects

GPF Internship

Democracy onAir Poster

Reflective Learning Report

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Jessler ElviraJessler Elvira

I am currently the Curation Director for the George Mason University onAir chapter. I recently graduated from George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs and minoring in Global Governance.

I joined the team at Democracy onAir in order to pursue my interest in civil society and American democracy. Ultimately, the opportunity to contribute to the meaningful mission of providing a platform for the public to not only engage with their elected officials, but also inform themselves on the democratic process motivated me and continues to motivate me to work towards encourage “learning” and “discussion”.

Summary

I am currently the Curation Director for the George Mason University onAir chapter. I recently graduated from George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs and minoring in Global Governance.

I joined the team at Democracy onAir in order to pursue my interest in civil society and American democracy. Ultimately, the opportunity to contribute to the meaningful mission of providing a platform for the public to not only engage with their elected officials, but also inform themselves on the democratic process motivated me and continues to motivate me to work towards encourage “learning” and “discussion”.

About

Virginia Politics & onAir Hub

Experience

Education

  • A.S. General Studies
    Northern Virginia Community College
    2016 to 2018
  • B.A. Global Affairs
    George Mason University
    2018 to 2020

Volunteer Experience

  • Volunteer
    Borromeo Housing
    2018 to present

Contact

Email: jesslere13@gmail.com, School

Zipcode: 22207

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Tim O'Shea 3Tim O’Shea

I am on the Board of Directors for Democracy onAir.  Democracy onAir is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social enterprise that manages the US onAir Network and is the founding sponsor of the US onAir Coalition.

Summary

I am on the Board of Directors for Democracy onAir.  Democracy onAir is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social enterprise that manages the US onAir Network and is the founding sponsor of the US onAir Coalition.

About

Tim O’Shea graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University where he studied Government and International Politics, Data Analysis, and Economics. He previously worked as the Database and Intelligence Manager at Rise To Peace, where he developed and launched multiple open-source intelligence databases on international terrorism. He also worked as a Market Research Associate for the Virginia Small Business Development Center, where he helped Virginia businesses and organizations with expanding internationally. He has presented at research conferences at James Madison University and Georgetown University, and his work has been published in the Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy and the Immigrant Research Library.

Experience

Education

Work Experience

  • Executive Director
    Democracy onAir
    2019 to 2020

    – Development of recruitment, workflow, fundraising, and communication protocols and resources
    Building an advisory board for the organization

    – Public interfacing and representation of Democracy onAir at relevant conferences

    – Management of other directors

  • Market Research Associate
    Virginia SBDC
    2018 to 2019

    – Gathers and synthesizes open source market intelligence and research for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to expand to international markets

    – Provides clients with reports including market trends and factors, comparative regulatory profiles, expansion targets, data visualization, government resources, and recommended next steps

    – Develops government relations material for organizations seeking legislative or executive branch support for initiatives and programs

  • Student Assistant, Robinson Professor Office
    George Mason University

    – Provided administrative support for group of elite, multidisciplinary professors and professors emeriti, including managing student meetings, technical support, and course registration

    – Coordinated and arranged for hundreds of donations of books and manuscripts to multiple college campuses and special collections

    – Planned, promoted and ran academic events such as debates and lectures including well-known economists, pollsters, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists

    – Acted as a technical and teaching assistant for professor’s classes on criminal justice and economic policy

    – Maintains and updates website on professor’s achievements and appearances in the media

    – Interfaced with other departments and campus groups in order to support office, promote sponsored events, and host visitors

  • Database & Intelligence Manager
    Rise to Peace

    – Conceptualized, designed, and built the Active Intelligence Database and Undercovered Attacks Database, compiling news reports on terrorist activity into public access databases with instant archives and other organizational features

    – Trained and managed a small team of interns to write articles on terrorism data and research, maintain databases, and increase social media presence with focused content on terrorism and extremism

    – Provided strategic planning, coordination, and on site support for community and academic events to generate support and awareness of the organization as well as serve mission of the organization

  • Joseph Schumpeter Fellow
    Mercatus Center at George Mason University
    2016 to 2019

    – Received and renewed membership five times for selective, paid fellowship for applied economic study at the Mercatus Center

    – Participated in discussions with Mercatus Center Fellows and George Mason Economics faculty on modern economic public policy issues, including economic education, technology policy, disaster relief, and foreign aid and Immigration

  • Immigration and Cross-Border Policy Intern
    Bipartisan Policy Center

    – Assembled, crystallized and sent daily press briefings for members of the Immigration Team

    – Wrote timely articles on U.S. immigration policy issues, including family separation and denaturalization efforts

    – Generated data analysis, modeling, and visualization on contemporary immigration policy challenges, including immigrant detention, court backlogs, and border deterrence

    – Created impact statements on BPC articles for use in development outreach, including reach to key voter populations

    – Contributed to short and long term reports on relevant research literature, recent polling data, and federal grant evaluation

    – Winner of the Robert F. Bennett Award for demonstrating a commitment to public service and a desire to make a difference

  • Research Assistant
    George Mason University – Schar School of Policy and Government

    – Served as part of an international team analyzing the erosion of U.S. soft power in Central Asia as part of the Minerva Research Initiative

    – Analyzed characteristics and trends of Central Asian terrorism, including research on their radicalization, attack profiles, and specific case studies in Turkey, Sweden, Russia, and the United States

  • Immigration Law Clerk
    The HMA Law Firm PLLC
    2017 to 2017

    – Conceptualized, designed, and built multi-layered database on violence and persecution around the world, compiling qualitative and quantitative information from government and NGO reports and news sources.

    – Built tools for legal data analysis, including comparative displays for affirmative and defensive asylum districts and decision matrix on immigration options for use by attorneys, and designed training for future interns on using tools.

    – Completed country conditions and asylum case research for clients from countries including El Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Syria, and Cameroon, and others.

  • Research Intern, Center for Political-Military Analysis
    Hudson Institute
  • Public Forum Debate Coach
    Poly Prep Country Day School
    2015 to 2017

    – Provided guidance and advice on argument creation for high school debate team.

    – Completed extensive research on current events and public policy issues for use in positions and cohesive arguments.

    – Assisted conflict mediation and team cohesion among team members.

    – Coached teams to 1st and 3rd place rankings out of 700+ nationally competitive teams, as well as to record the 2 highest national win counts across a debate season, and one of the first “total sweeps” of a national debate tournament in history.

    – Coached debaters interviewed by Fortune Magazine for comment on the Presidential debates

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir

Locations

Zipcode
22209

Videos

2018 Midterm Election Coverage
Published on November 6, 2018
By: MasonCableNetwork

Web

Websites

LinkedIn, Twitter

Twitter

Papers

Articles

Students Bring Their Agenda to the Capitol
By: By: Abigail Adcox
Fourth Estate – February 4, 2019

“In terms of per-student spending, Mason lags behind in how much money we get from the state,” said Tim O’Shea, the executive secretary for government and community relations for Student Government.

In addition, this year over 80 percent of students attending were members of another student organization besides Student Government, according to O’Shea. This was in part an effort to target students who were active on campus outside of Student Government, and who might be able to personally relate how student funding affects them.

“The biggest reason for me, and this comes from conversations with the State Relations office, is that you consistently hear that state legislators and their [staffs] have a very strong opinion of Mason students as civically engaged and very adept students, and part of that is because of things like Mason Lobbies, where they get to see Mason students in action,” O’Shea explained.

What the Hell does Student Government Do?
By: Tim O’Shea
Fourth Estate – January 28, 2018

I joined Mason’s Student Government (SG) familiar with the dismal aspects of its reputation. I knew that many students see SG as an ineffective body comprised of playacting, would-be politicians passing empty bills and soaking up student funding. Mason students on social media are either unaware of Student Government’s role in our community or convinced that nothing happens.

I believe that these takes miss the important changes at Mason due to SG’s efforts that have either gone unnoticed or been merely forgotten. Student Government pressure on the school administration was the impetus behind the creation of the Gunston Go-Bus, which brings Mason students to local shopping areas that include Fair Oaks and Fairfax Corner. SG’s annual trip to meet with state legislators, Mason Lobbies, is often cited by state lawmakers as an important component of their positive impression of Mason students.

Publications

What Makes a Terrorist Attack Notable? Attack Characteristics as Determinants of United States Media Coverage
By: Liam Timmons and Tim O’Shea
Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy – January 9, 2019

This report analyzed the theoretical basis for determinants of U.S. media coverage of international terrorist attacks, as well as the statistical distribution of attack characteristics across attacks both covered and uncovered by major U.S. media sources.

mmigrants and Public Benefits: What Does the Research Say?
By: Tim O’Shea and Cristobal Ramón
Bipartisan Policy Center – December 5, 2018

Literature review of the usage of public benefits programs by immigrants, including analysis of factors including research methodology, state and federal laws, and both static and dynamic analysis.

Why are families being separated at the border? An Explainer
By: Tim O’Shea and Theresa Cardinal Brown
Bipartisan Policy Center – June 13, 2018

Central Asian Export of ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorism: Case Studies, Comparisons, and Lessons
By: Tim O’Shea
Rise To Peace – May 16, 2018

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Sam Strathmann 1Sam Strathmann

My name is Samuel Strathmann, and I’m currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program. It emphasizes real world experience in conjunction with the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Democracy onAir’s mission to galvanize people into action is a goal that is necessary today more than ever. 159 million Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election. While polarization might have had the most to do with the turnout, it also showed that scores of people felt empowered to use their voice. Unfortunately, local and state elections rarely see good voter turnout, and certain demographics are known to have voter apathy. Democracy onAir’s progressive strategy to target a younger generation through social media is a tactic that can be used effectively. I also think that directly connecting George Mason students with their representatives is a great way to make them feel more heard. I believe that my passion and knowledge for the subject will help me learn more about the mission and contribute to the cause. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

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My name is Samuel Strathmann, and I’m currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program. It emphasizes real world experience in conjunction with the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Democracy onAir’s mission to galvanize people into action is a goal that is necessary today more than ever. 159 million Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election. While polarization might have had the most to do with the turnout, it also showed that scores of people felt empowered to use their voice. Unfortunately, local and state elections rarely see good voter turnout, and certain demographics are known to have voter apathy. Democracy onAir’s progressive strategy to target a younger generation through social media is a tactic that can be used effectively. I also think that directly connecting George Mason students with their representatives is a great way to make them feel more heard. I believe that my passion and knowledge for the subject will help me learn more about the mission and contribute to the cause. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Nanayaa Obeng 1Nanayaa Obeng

My name is Nanayaa Obeng and I am a Global Politics fellow at George Mason University studying Government and International Politics with a minor in business. I believe that it is very important to educate the public about their representatives and policies that shape our government.

As a person who believes in democracy and the importance of educating my fellow citizens, I am glad to be an OnAir Content Curator for Virginia OnAir. This past election season was my first time voting in a Presidential Election. The feeling that I experienced from performing my civic duty is one that I will never forget. I think the work that Democracy OnAir does to inform the US public on federal, state, and local government politics is extremely important for media literacy. In the past few years, we have seen a growing distrust among the American public towards the media which can increase ignorance of important political decisions and decrease civic participation. That is why I am interested in working with an organization that is committed to promoting the democratic values that are integral to the United States democracy.

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My name is Nanayaa Obeng and I am a Global Politics fellow at George Mason University studying Government and International Politics with a minor in business. I believe that it is very important to educate the public about their representatives and policies that shape our government.

As a person who believes in democracy and the importance of educating my fellow citizens, I am glad to be an OnAir Content Curator for Virginia OnAir. This past election season was my first time voting in a Presidential Election. The feeling that I experienced from performing my civic duty is one that I will never forget. I think the work that Democracy OnAir does to inform the US public on federal, state, and local government politics is extremely important for media literacy. In the past few years, we have seen a growing distrust among the American public towards the media which can increase ignorance of important political decisions and decrease civic participation. That is why I am interested in working with an organization that is committed to promoting the democratic values that are integral to the United States democracy.

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Jordan Toledo 1Jordan Toledo

My name is Jordan Toledo and I am a current undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in international politics with a concentration in global governance and a minor in Spanish.

Being a member of Democracy onAir has given me the opportunity to read more about candidate information and important local, state, and federal matters that will affect me as young Virginia voter.

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My name is Jordan Toledo and I am a current undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in international politics with a concentration in global governance and a minor in Spanish.

Being a member of Democracy onAir has given me the opportunity to read more about candidate information and important local, state, and federal matters that will affect me as young Virginia voter.

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