OnAir@GMU ChapterOnAir@GMU 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, Department of Communication, Global Affairs and the Film and Video Studies programs. 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.

Fall 2021 GPF Internship Experience
December 3, 2021 – 2:00 pm (ET)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO6lWMJ7ox0

Featuring CJ Nicholson, Jim Lillard, Dima Kassem, Fatima Iftikhar Global Politcs Fellows.

Curator:

  • Fatima Iftikhar

Host:

  • CJ Nicholson

Producer:

  • Jim Lillard

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, Department of Communication, Global Affairs and the Film and Video Studies programs. 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.

News & Events

Fall 2021 GPF Internship Experience
December 3, 2021 – 2:00 pm (ET)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO6lWMJ7ox0

Featuring CJ Nicholson, Jim Lillard, Dima Kassem, Fatima Iftikhar Global Politcs Fellows.

Curator:

  • Fatima Iftikhar

Host:

  • CJ Nicholson

Producer:

  • Jim Lillard

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

Aircasts

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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

Honors College

Honors College senior Adia McLaughlin and alumnus Tim O’Shea lead online hub that encourages civic engagement through technology

Source: Zaria Talley, Honors College

“There’s a lot of really great ways that you can use technology to engage with the world and change things […].”

— Tim O’Shea, Government & International Politics Honors College alumnus

The average American tends to have more knowledge about how they are represented in the federal government than about their representation at the state level. While there are numerous reasons why this is the case, a group of George Mason students and alumni are working to close this informational gap through technology.

Democracy onAir, an online hub started by entrepreneur Scott Joy and now run by students, hopes to be the answer to all the questions people, particularly young adults, may have about who is representing them at the state-level.

GMU Alumnus Tim O'Shea

Executive Director of OnAir and Mason alumnus Tim O’Shea. Photo by Lathan Nathaniel Goumas/George Mason University Strategic Communications

“Our objective is to use technology in a way that makes it easier for people to engage in more civil [and educated] democratic processes,” said Tim O’Shea, an Honors College alumnus who graduated from Mason last May. O’Shea studied Government & International Politics as an undergraduate and is currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at Georgetown University.

On October 25, O’Shea and current Honors College senior Adia McLaughlin hosted a colloquium introducing onAir to a group of first-year Honors College students. Both O’Shea and McLaughlin joined onAir when it was just a startup and have continued to contribute to the interactive information hub. O’Shea is now the Executive Director of onAir while McLaughlin serves as the Content Director.

O’Shea and McLaughlin’s colloquium encouraged students to evaluate how they can be civically engaged on and off campus while informing them of the resources provided by onAir.

“Our hub is completely curated and managed by students,” emphasized McLaughlin, who is double majoring in Communication and Government & International Politics. Students involved with onAir interview representatives, host town hall meetings, and keep the hub’s pages up to date with current politics.

“We want to democratize the production of political information [in order to engage] young people in the process of creating that information,” explained O’Shea. O’Shea believes that “political information is better” when it is “produced and curated by people who actually live in communities that are impacted by [policies].”

The Virginia onAir hub allows users to enter their residential address and easily identify who is representing them at all levels. Users can then click on a representative’s name and read a complete background on that politician’s affiliations, election results, voting records, positions on major issues, and much more.

Students working for onAir use a stock set of questions when interviewing representatives to create an even baseline with which users can evaluate politicians.

“The goal of our hub is to provide that same quality and availability of information that a lot of us have for our federal representatives, but on the state level,” said O’Shea.

“All [policy] affects us. […] That’s really the basis of onAir.”

— Adia McLaughlin, Honors College senior; Communication and Government and International Politics double major; Student Government Vice President

Honors College senior Adia McLaughlin.

Honors College senior and Chapter Director of Mason’s OnAir, Adia McLaughlin, explains her relationship with OnAir. Photo by Joshua McLean.

Currently, Virginia is the first state to have a Democracy onAir hub, and Mason is the first onAir university chapter. McLaughlin is the president of Mason’s onAir group, which connects with more than 20 representatives. However, McLaughlin has a different relationship to the organization than some others.

“I’m from North Carolina, and I vote in North Carolina,” explained McLaughlin. “But by becoming closer to Fairfax representatives, […] I’ve been able to advocate for my fellow GMU students who do have stakes specifically here.”

Democracy onAir intends to spread to more regions of Virginia by reaching out to students at universities across the state in hopes of creating new onAir chapters. The organization also hopes to expand to more states in the future.

“The reason Mason was such a great pick to start is because we have so much civic engagement already on this campus,” said McLaughlin. “It wasn’t hard to find students who were willing to put in the time [and effort] to collect all of this data.”

At the end of the colloquium, O’Shea and McLaughlin encouraged all the students to leave their mark at Mason by creating their own unique paths to achieve their goals. The two hope that onAir shows students that there are always innovative and more effective ways to accomplish something than what may be traditional.

“There’s a lot of really great ways that you can use technology to engage with the world and change things, and we hope we’re an example of that for people,” said O’Shea of his and McLaughlin’s contributions to onAir.

“All [policy] affects us,” said McLaughlin. “That’s really the basis of onAir.”

To explore the Virginia onAir hub, visit va.onair.cc.

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Todd GilletteTodd 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.

Summary

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.

About

Todd Gillette 1

I studied Engineering and Computer Science at Swarthmore College, graduating in 2003, after which I moved to Virginia to work in IT (specifically knowledge managements systems) with Vivakos Inc until 2006. I then entered the Neuroscience PhD Program at George Mason University with a 2-year fellowship from Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. After the fellowship was over, I became a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Giorgio Ascoli at Krasnow’s Center for Neural Informatics, Neural Structures, and Neural Plasticity (CN3) of Giorgio Ascoli. I spent a semester working with Dr. Ted Dumas and helping publish a paper on gene therapy in addressing stress.

In the CN3 as a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Ascoli, I used my extensive experience in software development, data management, statistics, data visualization, and bioinformatics. My dissertation research involved bioinformatic pattern searching applied to neuronal morphology, with further interests regarding neuronal networks and their specific information processing roles and capabilities, as well as science policy and educational outreach.

Research

My work centered on neuronal morphology, with a focus in data mining and pattern analysis to determine distinct topological features (i.e. branching patterns) of various neuronal types. Some of my non open access articles can be requested and automatically delivered via my lab’s publications page.

Experience

Education

  • PhD Neuroscience
    George Mason University
    2015
  • BS Engineering and Computer Science
    Swarthmore College
    1999 to 2003

Work Experience

  • Board Chair
    Democracy onAir
    2019 to present
  • Software Engineer
    OnAir Networks
    2014 to 2018
  • Sr. Principal Software Engineer
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    2019 to present
  • Principal Systems Engineer / Future Technical Leader
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    2016 to 2019

Web

Websites

Twitter, LinkedIn

Personal Information

Organizations

  • International Council on Systems Engineering (2017 – present)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2019 – present)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2007 – 2017)
  • GMU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) delegate for Neuroscience (2009 – 2012)
  • Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization – president (2010 – 2011)

onAir Activities

Posts

Hub Posts

Members

Papers

Publications

Topological characterization of neuronal arbor morphology via sequence representation: I – Motif analysis
By: Gillette TA, Ascoli GA
BMC Bioinformatics, 16

Topological characterization of neuronal arbor morphology via sequence representation: II – Global alignment.
By: Gillette TA, Hosseini P, Ascoli GA
BMC Bioinformatics, 16

Statistical analysis and data mining of digital reconstructions of dendritic morphologies
By: Polavaram S, Gillette TA, Parekh R, Ascoli GA
Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 8(138):138

The DIADEM Metric: Comparing multiple reconstructions of the same neuron
By: Gillette TA, Brown KM, Ascoli GA.
Neuroinformatics

Measuring and Modeling Morphology: How Dendrites Take Shape
By: Gillette TA, Ascoli GA
In Le Novere N. (Ed.), “Computational Systems Neurobiology”, pp. 387-428, Springer

Anti-glucocorticoid gene therapy reverses the impairing effects of elevated corticosterone on spatial memory, hippocampal neuronal excitability, and synaptic plasticity,
By: Theodore C Dumas, Todd A Gillette, Deveroux Ferguson et al.
1712-1720. In Journal of Neuroscience 30 (5)

On Comparing Neuronal Morphologies with the Constrained Tree-edit-distance
By: Todd A Gillette, John J Grefenstette
In Neuroinformatics 7 (3).

Quantifying neuronal size: summing up trees and splitting the branch difference
By: Kerry M Brown, Todd A Gillette, Giorgio A Ascoli
485-493. In Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 19 (6)

Projects

  • Assisted technically in the art sculpture project Mental Floss, producing a virtual model and assisting with the projects underlying data
  • Researched at University of Central Florida’s Center for Research in Computer Vision (in 2002 as part of an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates)
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Jim McLeanJim 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.

Summary

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.

About

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Jim McLean is an experienced Instructional Technology consultant with a demonstrated history working in higher education. Jim is highly skilled in media management and distribution (Kaltura Media), Content Management Systems (Drupal, WordPress, CommonSpot), Learning Management Systems (Blackboard/Sakai/Google Education), IT/Enterprise Service Management (EasyVista, TeamDynamix) e-Learning, Instructional Design, XR/MR/VR/AR applications and development, 360° video production, photogrammetry, 3d design and FDM printing, and live video streaming (LiveStream, Kaltura Live, OBS/YouTube). Prior to his educational endeavors, Jim also had a prolific career in photojournalism with Gannet, UPI, and the USO where his photography appeared on the pages of Der Spiegel, Entertainment Weekly, and the Boston Globe to name a few.

Experience

Education

Work Experience

  • Instructional Technologist (XR & Digital Media)
    George Mason University
    2013 to present

    Specializing in digital media immersive technology solutions for educators: VR/AR applications, 3d design, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and 360° video production solutions.

  • Instructional Technologist (Digital Media)
    Wellesley College
    2010 to 2013

    Specializing in digital media immersive technology solutions for educators: VR/AR applications, 3d design, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and 360° video production solutions.

  • Photographer
    USO World Headquarters
    1991 to 2001

    Professional tour photographer and videographer for the Celebrity Entertainment division, USO World Headquarters.

  • Photojournalist
    Gannet News
    1993 to 1998

    Staff photographer for national and local news stories with an emphasis on government, military and political affairs.

Contact

Email: onAir Networks, George Mason University

Zipcode: 20124

Web

Websites

onAir, LinkedIn

Papers

Articles

Jim McLean is George Mason University’s December Employee of the Month
By: Damian Cristodero
Mason News – December 7, 2018

Jim McLean is involved in so many things at George Mason University he cannot name them all without a few silent moments to ponder.

Let’s see, there is his work, generally, as an instructional technologist with the Online Learning Resources group. He is the administrator for the media platform for the university’s Blackboard system. His workshops and training consultations instruct faculty how to best capture and integrate media into their courses and organizations.

He works with instructional designers in George Mason’s Online Course Development Institute, and with the Assistive Technology Initiative. And he is establish an immersive technology space,  Th3 BuilD, that will concentrate on teaching and using 3-D printing, 360 video, and virtual and augmented reality program

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Jennifer HitchcockJenifer 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.

 

Summary

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.

 

Education

Masters in Political Science, Virginia Tech Spring 2019 (Anticipated)

Masters in Ed George Mason University June 2007

Bachelors in Political Science, Wheeling Jesuit University May 2001

Teaching Experience

Fairfax High School

  • Instructed AP Government, Honors Government, and Honors and Standard US History
  • Completed Advanced Academics Endorsement, Spring of 2016
  • Team Leader, US Government 2017-18
  • 2016-19 Participant in Minority Advanced Placement Student Achievement Grant, Fairfax High School
  • Currently employing Standards Based Grading in the AP Government classroom
  • Member of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence – Fairfax High School Cohort 2017-19
  • 2017 Member of George Lucas Foundation’s Knowledge in Action PBL Project, Fairfax County Cohort 1
  • 2017-2019 Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honors Society Advisor

Westfield High School

  • Instructed World History I, US/VA Government, Honors US/VA Government Sociology, and Current Affairs
  • Co-Moderator: WHS State Qualifying Model Judiciary Team 2009-10
  • Co-author of Westfield High School Government Team Writers Guide

Civics Education Publications/Projects

  • 2018 iCivics Educator Network Member – Curriculum & content development
  • 2018 VCSS Area Representative
  • 2018 Administrator of the apgovteachers.com, a website built by AP Gov teachers for AP Gov teachers
  • Fairfax County Chief Election Officer 2015-2017, Fairfax City Assistant Voter Registrar
  • 2017 John Marshall Foundation Teacher of the Year for excellence in teaching the US Constitution in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 2016 James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellow, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Member of George Lucas Foundation’s Knowledge in Action PBL Project, Fairfax County Cohort 1
  • Teacher Advisory Panel Member: Virginia Public Access Project
  • 2016 Three-time presenter at the NCSS Conference: C3 Civil Rights Unit, JMMFF Civil Rights, and AP Government Teachers on Facebook Poster Presentation
  • 2015 Presenter at the NCSS Conference on the C3 Framework Initiative with the ABA Learning Team
  • 2015 Participant in the NCSS Collaborative C3 Framework Initiative as a member of the ABA Learning Team focusing on Civic Education
  • Guest host on Twitter Chat #hsgovchat 2015
  • Administrator/Share Drive Curator for AP Government Facebook Group
  • Two-time presenter at Fairfax County Social Studies Summer In-Service, 2014 on Boomerang unit and 2015 on C3 Framework initiative
  • 2014 Presenter at the VCSS Conference on using Michael Lewis’s Boomerang in the Honors Government class
  • Owner/Writer for LovGov: a Government EduBlog for collaborating and sharing lessons and resources
  • Former attendee of professional development opportunities from Liberty Fund/Ashbrook University, George Washington Teachers Institute, and James Madison’s Montpelier Center on the Constitution

Virginia Election Hub

High School Teachers

I am here to help you facilitate student participation in the VA Election Hub program. We are looking for teachers across Virginia to share internship opportunities with their students. This project is a great, real world application of AP and US/VA Government content through experiential learning. Activities associated with student internships in the Fall are more limited, but beginning in January of 2019 there will be a high demand for high school student participation in state and local elections. Students will be working in their own communities talking to their neighbors and the candidates who want to serve their communities.

High School Students

I can help you introduce this opportunity to your school or assist you in the process of becoming a curator. Internships require limited but consistent weekly work updating candidate profiles, curating biographical and candidate information found online. You will be able to work from home approximately 1-2 hours a week doing the following:

  • Building and editing content for the Hub
  • Using research, writing, and social media skills
  • Interfacing with a variety of people, organizations, and events who are the focus of a post,  
  • Moderating forums, and
  • Organizing and directing online/in person debates and town halls

LovGov Blog

For all posts, go to LovGov website.

The QA FRQ

7/29/18

Political Science is *shockingly* all about applying the scientific method to politics and governance. Concepts that we teach in AP Gov are someone’s hypothesis, tested out with data… analyzed and triangulated to either support or refute that idea. It is tested over and over again, it is peer reviewed. That is how political scientist do their thing. That is why ideas like the Median Voter Theory or the Mandate Theory of Politics (NOT PROVEN) exist.

College Board is having us teach kids how to do the final steps of quantitative analysis… meaning data analysis, interpretation, conclusions, and application to content… in the Quantitative Analysis FRQ. I am stoked. It is a really, really great thing for political science.

In order to help you tackle teaching the QA FRQ, I have created this 20 minute video that explains what Quantitative Analysis is, how kids use it in their own lives, and how College Board will assess that skill. There is an example included and tips on how to do the FRQ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka1J2we1yYs

Do you just want access to my PREZI? Check it out here. 

Stay tuned for the remaining FRQs… the Content Application question (which is qualitative analysis), the Argumentation Essay, and the SCOTUS question.

Any feedback or questions? Leave them down below!

 

 

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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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Public Relations Student Society of America.

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.

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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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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. I am  currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program and am completing this spring an internship with Democracy onAir.

My current goal after graduating is to go to law school with a focus on international issues.

My Democracy onAir Interview below was conducted on April 26, 2021.

Summary

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. I am  currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program and am completing this spring an internship with Democracy onAir.

My current goal after graduating is to go to law school with a focus on international issues.

My Democracy onAir Interview below was conducted on April 26, 2021.

About

Jordan Toledo 2

As an experienced intern with public policy and humanitarian aide, local and international politics is both a passion and area of knowledge for myself. With experience studying international law at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and current pursuit of a B.A. in Global Affairs at GMU, I have the readily available knowledge and determination to immerse myself in the world of policy and aide.

Experience

Education

  • Bachelors of Arts in Global Affairs
    George Mason University
    2018 to 2021

    Pursuing a concentration in global governance with a minor in Spanish; Global Politics Fellow Spring 2021

Work Experience

  • Communication Intern
    Democracy OnAir
    2021 to 2021
  • Social Chair
    Alpha Omicron Pi
    2019 to 2020
  • Development Intern
    EMILY’s List
    2018 to 2019
  • Legal Secretary
    B. Clark Law Firm
    2016 to 2018

Volunteer Experience

  • Volunteer Advocate
    National Arthritis Foundation
    2018 to 2021
  • Volunteer Coordinator
    Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser
    2017 to 2018

onAir Activities

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.

Posts I am curating

These committee posts:
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Counties Cities and Towns
Education
Finance
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Privileges and Elections
Rules
Transportation

These Virginia representatives posts:
Chap Petersen
Kaye Kory
Roslyn Tyler
Vivian Watts
Mark Sickles
Marcus Simon
Eileen Filler-Corn
Delores McQuinn

Magnify memberships

Virginia onAir Magnify
Democracy Squad at GMU

Other onAir Activities

I am curating potential aircasts on the Committee posts listed above.

Papers

Articles

Democracy onAir Internship

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.

Interviews with Directors

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GPF Poster

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Nanayaa Obeng

My name is Nanayaa Obeng and I am a Global Politics fellow at George Mason University. I  am currently majoring in Government and International Politics with a minor in business and a concentration in International Relations.

My goal after graduation is to volunteer with the Peace Corps and then pursue law school to study International Law.

My Democracy onAir Interview below was conducted on April 25, 2021.

I am a member of the hub because of its commitment compiling up-to date information on Virginia elections, politics, and governance. This ensures that the public can be knowledgeable about such information.

Summary

My name is Nanayaa Obeng and I am a Global Politics fellow at George Mason University. I  am currently majoring in Government and International Politics with a minor in business and a concentration in International Relations.

My goal after graduation is to volunteer with the Peace Corps and then pursue law school to study International Law.

My Democracy onAir Interview below was conducted on April 25, 2021.

I am a member of the hub because of its commitment compiling up-to date information on Virginia elections, politics, and governance. This ensures that the public can be knowledgeable about such information.

About

Nanayaa Obeng

Passionate, driven, and hardworking student majoring in Government and International Politics seeking work experience and the opportunity to make an impact through government. Interested in working on issues concerning government policy, nonprofit work. and international relations.

 

Experience

Education

  • B.A in Government & International Politics
    George Mason University
    2018 to present

    • Education Abroad: Dublin City University (Spring 2019)
    • George Mason University Peace Corps Prep Program
    • George Mason University Global Politics Fellow Spring 2021
    • Studying Government and International Politics with a minor in Business and concentration in International Relations

Work Experience

  • Office Assistant
    George Mason University Modern and Classical Languages
    2021 to present

    • Communicated with others in the office and people who called for information
    • Arranged and organized important files and documents in the office
    • Made copies and corresponded with Professors regarding their documents

  • Community Assistant
    George Mason University Housing and Residence Life
    2020 to present

    • Connected students to available academic, personal, and professional development resources on campus
    • Provided mediation of peer-peer conflicts in the residential community
    • Assisted supervisor with ongoing student engagement and support related to their academic and intrapersonal wellbeing

Volunteer Experience

  • Research Assistant
    Mapping Shadow Influence Project
    2021 to present

    • Coded data in Excel worksheets
    • Wrote literature reviews on databases and research papers pertaining to the project

  • English Tutor
    New Life College Prep Program
    2019 to present

    • Tutored middle school and high school students for their English classes and the SAT
    • Advised and assisted high school seniors with the college application process
    • Reviewed and proofread the essays of middle school and high school students

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir

Web

Websites

LinkedIn, Onair Member Post

onAir Activities

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. Recently, we have seen a growing distrust among the American public towards the media which can increase ignorance of important political decisions. It can also decrease civic participation. That is why I admire organizations that are committed to promoting the democratic values that are integral to the United States democracy.

Posts I am curating

These committee posts: 
General Laws
Appropriations
Courts of Justice
Commerce and Labor
Judiciary
Local Government
Privileges & Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

These VirginiaRepresentative and Senator posts:
David Bulova
Charniele Herring
Luke Torian
Dick Saslaw
Creigh Deeds
Lynwood Lewis
Barbara Favola
John Edwards

Magnify memberships:
Virginia onAir Magnify
Democracy Squad at GMU

Papers

Articles

Global Politics Fellows Papers

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GPF Poster

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Democracy onAir Internship

Democracy onAir Interviews

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GPF Poster

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Sam Strathmann 4Sam Strathmann

I am presently pursuing a B.A. degree in Government & International Politics at George Mason University. I am concentrating in international relations and a minor in intelligence analysis. I am  currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program and am completing this spring an internship with Democracy onAir.

My current goal after graduating is to go to law school with a focus on legal issues related to physical security.

My Democracy onAir Interview below was conducted on April 25, 2021.

Summary

I am presently pursuing a B.A. degree in Government & International Politics at George Mason University. I am concentrating in international relations and a minor in intelligence analysis. I am  currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program and am completing this spring an internship with Democracy onAir.

My current goal after graduating is to go to law school with a focus on legal issues related to physical security.

My Democracy onAir Interview below was conducted on April 25, 2021.

About

Sam Strathmann

Loyal, persistent, and hardworking student majoring in Government and International Politics seeking work experience and the opportunity to make an impact through government. Interested in working on issues concerning government policy, national security, and international relations.

 

Experience

Education

  • B.S. in Government & International Politics
    George Mason University
    2018 to 2021

    George Mason University: August 2018 – Present: Pursuing B.S. in Government & International Politics; concentrating in international relations and a minor in intelligence analysis. I have conducted research on Environmental Policy with Frank Manheim and assisted in his future written work about the relationship between federal and state policy. I am currently involved with the Global Politics Fellow Program.

Work Experience

  • Navy Lifeguard
    2018 to 2020

    Worked at Northwest Military Annex and Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Completed routine lifeguard duties including water saves, water testing, and giving routine medical attention and attended military exercises. Some of the military exercises included paratroopers removing their parachute and gear if in water, and coast guard swimming exercises.

  • Lifeguard
    George Mason University
    2018 to 2021

    I have work at the Aquatic and Fitness Center on the George Mason Fairfax campus. This has involved water saves, giving routine medical attention, and supervising over collegiate swim meets.

Volunteer Experience

  • Volunteer
    Clean the Canals

    Environmental Sustainability: While in Dublin, Ireland, I worked with Clean the Canals, an organization dedicated to cleaning waterways running through and around the city.

  • Soup Kitchen Volunteer
    2007 to present

    Worked with communities in need in the Hampton Roads area. This involved feeding them a hot meal of the day and packing meals for later consumption.

  • Serve the City

    The overarching goal of helping citizens in need throughout Chesapeake. My project was lawn-care and construction of a wheel chair ramp for an elderly resident.

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir, School

Zipcode: 22030

Web

Websites

OnAir Member Post

onAir Activities

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.

Posts I am curating

These committee posts: 
Senate Education and Health
Senate Finance and Appropriations
Senate Rules
Senate Transportation
House Agriculture, Chesapeake, & Natural Resources House
House Communications, Technology and Innovation
House Labor and Commerce 
House Public Safety

These Virginia representatives posts:
Louise Lucas
Janet Howell
Mamie Locke
Dave Marsden
Ken Plum
Cliff Hayes
Jeion Ward
Patrick Hope

Magnify memberships

Virginia onAir Magnify
Democracy Squad at GMU

Other onAir Activities

I am curating potential aircasts on the Committee posts listed above.

Democracy onAir Internship

Working with Democracy onAir to inform the general public of state assembly activities. This current internship session worked to collect all the bills of the 2021 session, build up committee chair posts, and coordinate interviews with them.

Interviews with Directors

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Powerpoint

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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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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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Salina Temesghen 1Salina Temesghen

Global Affairs MajorGeorge Mason University
Global Politics Fellow: Spring 2019
YouTube Coordinator: Virginia onAir

My term as an intern isn’t to only take it as part of George Mason’s Global fellowship and for course credit, but to be more educated in politics, government, philanthropy, and international relations.

 

Summary

My term as an intern isn’t to only take it as part of George Mason’s Global fellowship and for course credit, but to be more educated in politics, government, philanthropy, and international relations.

 

About

I have background in global and domestic issues, especially with issues involving  inequality and how to resolve them. This year in May, I’m expecting to graduate and hope to go to law school. My goal is to do legal work that can takes issues that are reflective of society, as well as do work in work in public service.

I have completed course projects on international development with climate change as a factor, the future of international relations with oil depletion, how social movements stem from oppression and the seeking of liberation, interstate conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Nile, and how immigration policy effects the U.S economy.

Education

George Mason University, May 2019 (anticipated graduation)
Bachelor of Arts: Global Affairs
Global Politics Fellow, Spring 2019

Skills

I have skills in organization and communication. I am a team player and good listener. I am also someone who is organized and completes required work on time.

Campus Activities

Global Affairs Club: 2015-present
French Culture Club: 2016-2017
Model United Nation: 2018- present
Roosevelt Club: 2018- present

Volunteer Experience

Hidri Group Member: DC Metropolitan Area, June 2010-2014
Tutoring: Lorton VA Library, 2013-2018

Work Experience

The only experience I have is my time as a buybuy Baby sale associate. While my only experience is retail, I have gain skills in communication, teamwork, and organization. I use communication to make sure customers are satisfied with their experience. I use it to be able to communicate with my other coworkers. Teamwork is another skilled I learned that allows me and my coworkers work together to solve issues or complete the task at hand. Organization skills allowed me to help make sure customers find the items they were looking for, as well as complete major tasks like online orders.

Virginia onAir

YouTube Coordinator 

  • Review 2019 General Assembly Senate & House sessions, committee and subcommittee hearings
  • Identify most relevant   Virginia onAir (VOA) videos;
  • Edits and upload videos to the VOA YouTube Channel and embeds in video posts. 

Posts curating

VA SenateGeorge Barker   VA Senate District 39

VA House: Kathy Tran   VA House District 42

Projects & Papers

Videos

Recommendations

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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 Activities

Interview with Kerrie Thompson

Projects

GPF Internship

Democracy onAir Poster

Reflective Learning Report

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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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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

Source: Wikipedia

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.

Twitter

Web

Website, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn

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.

Mason 360 page
Facebook page
Twitter 

 

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.

See this post for more information

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

Research Centers & Initiatives

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