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 Activities

Interview with Kerrie Thompson

Projects

GPF Internship

Democracy onAir Poster

Reflective Learning Report

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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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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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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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Saul GarciaSaul Garcia

Summary

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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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Ny-jhee Jones 1Ny-jhee Jones

I am currently Media Director for Democracy onAir. I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I was an intern with Democracy onAir and Virginia onAir Media Coordinator in the spring of 2o19 as part of being a Global Politics Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Summary

I am currently Media Director for Democracy onAir. I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I was an intern with Democracy onAir and Virginia onAir Media Coordinator in the spring of 2o19 as part of being a Global Politics Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government.

About

I have been, at different times, the producer, director, talent, and videographer for the About Virginia onAir video. I am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, scholarship/fundraising Chair for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and secretary/treasurer for Patriots for Peace. I am also a thespian who has performed in a number of plays and does standup comedy.

Experience

Education

  • BA Global Affairs
    George Mason University,
    2016 to present

    Anticipated graduation Spring 2020.
    Global Politics Fellow, Spring 2019
    George Mason Global Education– The Netherlands/Brussels

Work Experience

  • Media Director
    Democracy onAir
    2019 to present

Volunteer Experience

  • Mission Trips
    2019 to present

    Belize, Central America, West Virginia, North Carolina, & South Dakota

Contact

Email: Democracy OnAir, School

Zipcode: 22030

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Personal Information

Campus Activities:
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Scholarship/Fundraising Chair/Treasurer: Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Secretary/Treasurer: Patriots for Peace
UNICEF Club
Freshman Liaison: Black Student Alliance
Club Football

Awards

  • Minor Preston Scholarship

onAir Activities

Posts

Hub Posts

Politicians

Members

Papers

Articles

Mentorship key in helping Monticello student achieve his dreams
By: By Michael Bragg
The Daily Progress – May 31, 2016

Ny-jhee Jones will graduate from Monticello High School on Wednesday, and then he’ll try to accomplish something no one else in his family has done yet: earn a bachelor’s degree.

Jones will start his collegiate career at George Mason University in the fall, hoping to major in either global affairs, international business or a similar field.

Jones has been actively involved in his school’s drama department, he’s maintained good grades and he’s been involved in the local chapter of 100 Black Men of America for most of his life.

Jones is where he is today because of his hard work and dedication, but he said he owes a great deal of the credit to the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia and its mentor program.

“I think they’ve been absolutely critical in shaping me as a man, as who I am, so to speak,” he said. “Without the 100, and pushing me as far as they did, I don’t know if I’d be where I am today. I don’t know if I would have gotten into Mason.”

Jones was part of the organization’s first class for M Cubed — Math-Men-Mission — which aims to increase enrollment of African-American males in upper-level coursework during middle school.

It was there as a fifth-grader rising into sixth where Jones met his mentor, Juandiego Wade, who became an important part of Jones’ life on both developmental and personal levels.

Monique Banks, Jones’ mother, said Wade’s presence in her son’s life has been critical and that she could not have asked for a better mentor for her son than if she had picked one herself.

“He’s been very active in Ny-jhee’s life as far as 100 Black Men … got him involved in a great community church,” she said. “I feel like he does more than what is required through 100.”

The mentor program changes when students reach high school, becoming more of a group-mentoring setting rather than the one-on-one environment with M Cubed. But Wade and Jones’ interaction continued.

It’s even helped him with his post-secondary education. Jones started attending Wade’s church and later was connected with a family that was willing to help Jones out financially for school when it became apparent his lack of funding might affect his dream of attending college.

“Juan started out as my mentor and we’ve been really close ever since then,” Jones said. “He really is just like a second father to me. He looks after me, makes sure I have everything that I need and he was even able to find people that provided me with a substantial amount of money for college.”

* * *

Wade has been a mentor to several people over the last 30 years. He’s seen many of them through their formative years in school and move on to forge their own paths in life.

But of all the mentees he’s worked with, Wade said Jones is one of the most memorable.

“Mentoring someone like Ny-jhee has been really special because not only did I get to know his family, but he got to know my family,” said Wade, who is a member of Charlottesville’s School Board. “He’s like a big brother to my eighth-grade daughter and he’s been over to our house numerous times. We’ve broken meal together in my house plenty of times and he feels comfortable there.”

Bernard Hairston, president of the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia and executive director of community engagement for Albemarle County schools, said it’s difficult to say where some of the boys will end up when they first join the M Cubed program.

But as he looks at Jones now, “the sky’s the limit for him.” Hairston also mentioned Wade’s mentorship as one of the reasons Jones has gotten to where he is now.

“I mean, he’s got charisma, he’s one of those sponges who is looking to suck up as much information as he can,” Hairston said of Jones.

“… [T]his kid could end up being an ambassador somewhere, he’s got that potential,” he said.

* * *

For much of his younger years, Wade and Banks saw Jones as a quiet, to-himself and observant kind of kid. They said he was even a little shy sometimes.

So it was to their surprise that he decided to get involved in Monticello High’s drama department.

Jones said there were a couple of reasons who decided to get involved in drama:

One, he gave up on a dream of becoming a star athlete when he didn’t seem to get taller as he grew older.

“As I got older and realized how rare it is for students to make it to the next level unless you’re, like, smart, extremely talented and have a decent size on you, then it’s impossible for you to make it professionally,” he said. “So once I realized I wouldn’t get past 5-foot-5, I found a new passion, which was theater.”

The other reason, which he will not hesitate to tell anyone, is that he wanted to meet girls. But his interest in theater grew beyond that.

“It was one of the best decisions I made in my high school career because, not even about just the girls, it’s just a great group of people in drama,” he said. “They’ll look past anything, all your flaws; they don’t care about that stuff. They just care about what kind of person you are in general.”

But drama wasn’t just something Jones did to fill time. He excelled at it.

He received an invitation to the Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University and attended last summer.

But Jones later decided theater wasn’t the career path he wanted to take.

Even though he doesn’t plan to pursue the performing arts as a major, he doesn’t want that part of his life to just fall by the wayside.

“I’ll do standup comedy,” he said. “I’m going to see how that goes.”

* * *

Diversity has been a big aspect in Jones’ life, whether it’s part of the productions he’s been a part of at Monticello High — “In the Heights,” “Memphis” and “21 Chump Street,” to name a few — or how he views it as an important part of a community.

And that’s why he wants to major in either global affairs or international business when he goes to GMU, to continue that interest in some shape or form. He’s even already thinking about getting a master’s degree.

And it wasn’t his grades that could have kept him from attending the school of his choice. It was a matter of money.

According to George Mason’s website, the total cost for an undergraduate, in-state student for one year— tuition, various fees and room and board — comes out to a little more than $28,000.

Jones started working with his mentor to see what his options were. Even with financial aid, he was looking at $10,000 to $12,000 a year to make up.

“So, to some people, that’s not bad,” Wade said. “If you multiply that times four years, that’s not bad as far as what you have to get, but for some people, that might as well be $2 million to get that. That was going to be a substantial obstacle.”

He has some scholarship money, which helps, but he was still several thousands of dollars short. The other option would be applying for student loans, which would put him in debt for years after college.

But then a family at Wade’s church came into the picture. They are giving Jones $40,000 — $10,000 per year — to help him offset the cost of college.

Jones and Wade said the family, who has requested not to be named, only asked that Jones in return pays it forward one day by helping someone however he can as they helped him.

Had it not been for Jones joining Wade’s church, just one of the results of their mentor-mentee relationship, Jones would never have received this kind of help to get him to college.

“I wouldn’t have been able to pay for it, the college, without the family that’s helping me,” Jones said. “I definitely say it’s been amazing. It’s definitely been super critical to the whole thing.”

* * *

For this summer, Jones said he plans to work at his part-time job, hang out with friends and just enjoy some downtime before college starts.

He and Wade plan to continue their friendship even when he’s away. After all, as Hairston said, their motto is “mentoring across a lifetime.”

“I plan to continue to be a mentor to him, to be a resource to him for him to contact if he has any questions or needs advice,” Wade said.

“I’ll still keep up with him, I’ll call him, email him, do whatever,” Jones said. “I think we’ll still keep that same relationship, it’ll be just as strong. And we go to the same church, so when I come back and go to church, I’m sure I’ll see him there.”

The experiences he’s had with 100 Black Men of Central Virginia and Wade have helped shape his life, so much so that Jones said he could see himself mentoring one day.

“Juan was quite a significant figure to my life, and I know how much mentors can be significant figures in young people’s lives,” he said.

Michael Bragg is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact him at (434) 978-7265, mbragg@dailyprogress.com or @braggmichaelc on Twitter.
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Nader Momtaz 2Nader Momtaz

My name is Nader Momtaz and I am a George Mason University alum that pursued a BA in Global Affairs as a part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I am currently the Operations Director for Democracy onAir.

I am a member of this hub to increase transparency and better communication between the politicians and the people. I truly believe that the people’s voice is stronger than any one individual and that everyone has a right to learn the facts and participate in our democracy while fulfilling their civic duties.

Summary

My name is Nader Momtaz and I am a George Mason University alum that pursued a BA in Global Affairs as a part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I am currently the Operations Director for Democracy onAir.

I am a member of this hub to increase transparency and better communication between the politicians and the people. I truly believe that the people’s voice is stronger than any one individual and that everyone has a right to learn the facts and participate in our democracy while fulfilling their civic duties.

About

Nader is a Spring ’19 graduate from George Mason University. He obtained a bachelors degree in Global Affairs. He is an Egyptian that is currently residing in Fairfax, VA and has resided in both Egypt and Ethiopia in the past. Nader has a passion for political affairs and various social issues, which is why he wanted to affiliate himself with Democracy onAir. Nader has experience in youth development, refugee resettlement and helping Democracy onAir achieve its goals through the Mason Summer Entrepreneurship Accelerator (MSEA) program and his position as Operations Director.

Experience

Education

  • BA in Global Affairs
    George Mason University
    2015 to 2019

    Minor: Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Work Experience

  • Refugee and Immigrant Services Intern
    Lutheran Social Services
    2019 to 2019

    • Assisted Reception and Placement Case Managers in managing client cases and maintaining case files
    • Assisted in welcoming and meeting clients and setting up apartments for newly arriving refugees
    • Assisted clients with applications for Social Security cards and State IDs
    • Accompanied clients to various employment, education and medical appointments
    • Attended orientations on safety, financial literacy and methods of public transportation

  • Refugee Employment Intern
    Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.
    2018 to 2018

    • Assisted Employment Specialists with employment development and job placement for refugees.
    • Conducted employment plan interviews with refugees
    • Assisted refugee community members with necessary skills for find and keeping a job
    • Searched for job opportunities, applied for jobs and ensured job retention for clients
    • Basic administrative assistance: filed paperwork and kept case notes for each refugee

  • Youth Development Intern
    Kid Power, inc.
    2017 to 2017

    • Engaged in academic, athletic, and social activities with children ages 8-14
    • Supervised volunteers and members of the Student Youth Employment Program.
    • Designed and carried out social and physical wellness activities for children ages 8-14
    • Teaching assistant for in-class activities
    • Assisted program directors with a variety of administrative functions

Contact

Email: nmomtaz5@gmail.com

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Personal Information

Name: Nader Momtaz
Age: 23
Degree: Global Affairs
Nationality: Egyptian

Awards

  • NHS Leadership Award
    National Honor Society

Organizations

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Katlyn Weiser 3Katlyn Weiser

Hello! I am the Executive Director of Virginia onAir. Before serving in this role, I was the founding Outreach Director where I worked to establish some of Virginia onAir’s closest partnerships with other organizations. I am also the chair of the Student Leadership Committee for Virginia21. Throughout my time at George Mason University, I served in various leadership roles including Student Government, Virginia21, and Kappa Delta Sorority. If you would like to get involved or start a chapter at your school, send me an email! katlyn.weiser@onair.cc

Summary

Hello! I am the Executive Director of Virginia onAir. Before serving in this role, I was the founding Outreach Director where I worked to establish some of Virginia onAir’s closest partnerships with other organizations. I am also the chair of the Student Leadership Committee for Virginia21. Throughout my time at George Mason University, I served in various leadership roles including Student Government, Virginia21, and Kappa Delta Sorority. If you would like to get involved or start a chapter at your school, send me an email! katlyn.weiser@onair.cc

About

I was a former GMU Senator in Student Government and also served as the Secretary for University. Previously, I have interned for 3 U.S. Senators: Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Throughout my time in college, I have also served as a research assistant for the Almanac of Virginia Politics published by George Mason University.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Research Assistant
    Almanac of Virginia Politics
    2018 to 2019

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • Intern
    US Senate
    2017 to present

    US Senator Heidi Heitkamp, ND 2018
    US Senator Debbie Stabenow, MI 2017
    US Senator Bob Casey, PA 2017

Volunteer Experience

  • Student Leadership Chair
    Virginia21
    2019 to present

    a nonpartisan and millennial focused organization to spread voter awareness

  • Secretary for University Academics
    GMU Student Government
    2018 to 2019
  • Founder and chapter member
    Theta Rho Chapter- Kappa Delta
    2019 to present

    All women’s non-profit

Contact

Email: School

Zipcode: 22030

Web

Websites

LinkedIn

Personal Information

Awards

  • Bob Williams Memorial Scholarship Rotary

onAir Activities

Posts

Hub Posts

Politicians

Members

News

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Yasmin JaramilloYasmin Jaramillo

I am currently Curation Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Legal Studies. I am also the Secretary for Government and Community Relations in GMU’s student government.

Summary

I am currently Curation Director for Virginia onAir.  I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Legal Studies. I am also the Secretary for Government and Community Relations in GMU’s student government.

About

Yasmin Jaramillo headshot

For the past three years, Yasmin has been a leader in coordinating programs for GMU’s New Student and Family Programs especially the Quill Camp for first year GMU students where they can explore interests in government and international politics or leadership and service. She is also Secretary at Kappa Delta Sorority.

Experience

Education

  • BA Government and International Politics
    George Mason University
    2016 to present

    Anticipated graduation Spring 2020.

Work Experience

  • Coordinator of Logistics, Quill Camp
    New Student and Family Programs, GMU
    2018 to present

    • A part of a team to create a new camp program for first year students to George Mason University, in which they can explore interests in government and international politics or leadership and service.
    • Plan programming for the government and international politics camp that focuses on local, state, federal, and international politics in and around the Fairfax/DC metro area.
    • Deal with the logistics of coordinating schedules, transportation, meals, room reservations, and staffing for the program.
    • Handle coordinating registration and communication with participants in the months leading up to the program.

  • Student Coordinator
    George Mason University
    2017 to 2018

    Provided day to day administrative assistance to the office and Professional Staff.
    Assisted in interviewing, hiring, training and supervising of the Orientation Leader team…. See more

  • Orientation Leader
    George Mason University
    2017 to 2017

    Assisted with orientation for incoming students and families to help them acclimate to George Mason and act as a mentor for first year students.

Volunteer Experience

  • Undersecretary for Government and Community Relations
    George Mason University Student Government
    2018 to present

    Assist in planning the event Mason Lobbies in which Mason students go to Richmond to lobby to the Virginia General Assembly for increased funding to George Mason.
    Created a training for participants to use on how to lobby on behalf of George Mason

  • Secretary
    Kappa Delta Sorority
    2018 to present

    Maintain the roster and all other official records for the chapter.
    Take the minutes of council and chapter meetings and record attendance.

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