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

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

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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Christopher Nicholson 1CJ Nicholson

My name is CJ Nicholson and I am a Global Affairs major at George Mason University, concentrating in global governance with a minor in Spanish. I am also a part of the Fall 2021 Global Politics Fellows cohort, and I am completing an internship with Democracy onAir this fall as well.

I became a member of Democracy onAir to help dispel much of the misinformation occurring in current politics in the United States. Democracy onAir’s goal to bring truthful, unbiased information resonated strongly with me and I wanted to assist to the best of my abilities in reaching that goal.

Summary

My name is CJ Nicholson and I am a Global Affairs major at George Mason University, concentrating in global governance with a minor in Spanish. I am also a part of the Fall 2021 Global Politics Fellows cohort, and I am completing an internship with Democracy onAir this fall as well.

I became a member of Democracy onAir to help dispel much of the misinformation occurring in current politics in the United States. Democracy onAir’s goal to bring truthful, unbiased information resonated strongly with me and I wanted to assist to the best of my abilities in reaching that goal.

About

Christopher Nicholson 2As someone who comes from a rural area of Virginia, with many community members, friends, and family often misunderstanding elections, voting, candidates, etc. the goal of Democracy onAir is both very important and personal to me.

My freshman year, I studied abroad in Spain, which really began my first dive into the politics of another country. I had previously studied and kept myself updated with politics here in the United States, but being in Spain really opened new doors to me. I came back with a growing interest in what was happening around the world, and quickly went from being undecided to declaring a Global Affairs major. Being a Global Affairs major, I learn and study much about the relations between countries and their complex intricacies. However, it is just as important to have a complete understanding of local and regional politics as well, as these can often shape what direction international events play out on. Furthermore, just as in the United States, misinformation and more and more extreme politics have begun to become more prevalent abroad as well. Domestic and global events over the past couple years have only strengthened my want to help improve the state of politics as best as I can.

Education

Education

  • Bachelor of the Arts in Global Affairs, Minor in Spanish
    George Mason University
    2018 to 2021• Global Politics Fellows
    • GPA: 3.98
    • Dean’s List: Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2021
  • Study Abroad
    Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid
    2019 to 2019• Overcame language and cultural barriers.
    • Tested out a new study abroad program for Freshman.

Work Experience

  • Intern
    Federation of Social Organizations (Costa Rica)
    2020 to 2020• Developed impact assessments with member organizations.
    • Surveyed member organizations to gather data on the Federation’s effectiveness.

Volunteer Experience

  • Recruitment and Retention Chair, Fellowship Vice President
    Alpha Phi Omega
    2020 to 2021• Planned and executed recruitment events in Fall 2020 and Fall 2021
    • Scheduled and held thriving virtual and in person events for the chapter.
    • Participated in multiple donation drives.
    • Volunteered in multiple service events to benefit the community.
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James LillardJames Lillard

My name is James Lillard and I am a current undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I am currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program and am completing this fall an internship with Democracy onAir.

I am a member of Democracy onAir because I believe strongly in the necessity of comprehensive and accurate information being readily available to voters, especially concerning elections and aspects of governance that may not be adequately covered in traditional media.

Summary

My name is James Lillard and I am a current undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs. I am currently involved with the Global Politics Fellows Program and am completing this fall an internship with Democracy onAir.

I am a member of Democracy onAir because I believe strongly in the necessity of comprehensive and accurate information being readily available to voters, especially concerning elections and aspects of governance that may not be adequately covered in traditional media.

About

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs
    George Mason University
    2020 to 2021Currently pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs at George Mason University.
  • Associate of Arts
    Northern Virginia Community College
    2019
  • High School Diploma
    Gonzaga College High School
    1999 to 2003

Work Experience

  • Senior Veterinary Assistant
    Nova Mobile Vet
    2013 to 2020– Responsible for primary assistance in outpatient appointments, anesthetic procedures (surgery and dentistry), and diagnostics (radiography and ultrasound).
    – Additional responsibilities included travel logistics and maintenance of the mobile unit.
  • Veterinary Assistant
    McLean Animal Hospital
    2005 to 2013– Responsible for the primary care of hospitalized patients, assisting with out-patient appointments and procedures, running in-clinic lab work and diagnostics (blood work, radiography), medication of animals in boarding facility.
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Dima KassemDima Kassem

I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at George Mason University in Government and International Politics with a minor in International Security. After graduation I am debating between going to law school or pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations.

I decided to do my internship at Democracy on Air because I wanted to be able to participate in forums and discussions about our representatives and candidates and I value the importance of that.

Summary

I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at George Mason University in Government and International Politics with a minor in International Security. After graduation I am debating between going to law school or pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations.

I decided to do my internship at Democracy on Air because I wanted to be able to participate in forums and discussions about our representatives and candidates and I value the importance of that.

About

Dima Kassem 1As someone who was raised in the Middle East, I am extremely privy to how important it is to have a democracy, more specifically how crucial it is for the public to be well informed about the democratic process and elections. Growing up in the Middle East, I did not understand the impact of having an informed public. I moved to the United States from in August of 2016 around the time when one of the most crucial presidential races was happening. It was the first time I ever got the chance to vote in an election where I knew my voice mattered and I was able to see first-hand how important it is to be able to talk about those who are running for office especially those wanting to run the country.

Education

  • Bachelor’s of Arts in Government and International Politics
    George Mason University
    2020 to presentExpected Graduation date is May 2022

Work Experience

  • Campus Intern
    TGI Greek
    2021 to present• Current campus intern for TGI Greek.
    • Responsibilities include contacting Greek and non-Greek organizations on campus to promote custom apparel for certain events, setting up meetings between on-campus organization representatives and company account manager, and closely work with sales and marketing team to create t-shirt designs and promote our brand.
  • Server
    Ornery Beer Company
    2020 to present• Working in a high-speed environment while ensuring positive guest experience in a friendly and efficient manner.
    • Maintained compliance with company policies and procedures for food safety, sanitation, and quality.
    • Resolved problems promptly and escalated larger concerns to management.
    • Sustained a teamwork mind frame, assisting other staff by helping run food and drinks, and maintain communication.

Volunteer Experience

  • Director New Member Experience
    Virginia Iota Chapter of Pi Beta Phi
    2020 to 2021
  • Team Lead Volunteer
    El Oum Betlem (The Mother Gathers)
    2013 to 2016• Youngest volunteer with non-governmental organization specializing in helping families of martyrs sustain their own businesses by helping them in perfecting a craft that becomes the basis of their business.
    • Served in a team leader role leading a team of 10+ volunteers. During this time, developed additional leadership and conflict resolution skills while working with diverse group of people.

Organizations

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Fatima IftikharFatima Iftikhar

My name is Fatima Iftikhar and I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with a minor in International Security and a concentration in International Relations. This fall I a member of the Global Politics Fellowship Program and am interning with Democracy OnAir.

I decided to become a member of Democracy onAir because of their initiatives and fields of work. This non-profit works to inform the public on current politics and government in the United States and I want to help be a part of this mission. Local governance and electoral politics are vital topics in Government which I want to learn more about, and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.

Summary

My name is Fatima Iftikhar and I am a senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with a minor in International Security and a concentration in International Relations. This fall I a member of the Global Politics Fellowship Program and am interning with Democracy OnAir.

I decided to become a member of Democracy onAir because of their initiatives and fields of work. This non-profit works to inform the public on current politics and government in the United States and I want to help be a part of this mission. Local governance and electoral politics are vital topics in Government which I want to learn more about, and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.

About

Education

  • Bachelor’s of Arts in Government and International Politics
    George Mason University
    2020 to 2021Expect to graduate in Spring 2022

Work Experience

  • Instructional Assistant Substitute Teacher
    Fairfax County
    2018 to 2020Curated dozens of concepts to meet curriculum objectives
    Demonstrated strong planning skills by facilitating group outings and leading daily activities for 12 children from diverse backgrounds
    Collaborated with 2 staff members to manage student workload
  • Sales Advisor
    Macy’s
    2018 to 2020Gained marketing and sales experience by advertising promotions, explaining company policies, closing sales and adapting to client needs
    Provided administrative support by handling inbound calls and completing data entry functions while maintaining complex databases in a fast-paced environment
    Demonstrated client service skills by interacting with 300+ daily guests to advertise promotions and answer inquires

Volunteer Experience

Front Desk Receptionist SAI Mortgage

Determined needs of visitors by connecting them with the appropriate professional
Facilitated 50+ calls a day resulting in 20% increase in clientele
Exhibited organizational skills and discretion by handling confidential information such as client records and legal documentation

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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

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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

Jim McLean headshot

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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