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These Mason graduates are virtually unstoppable

These Mason graduates are virtually unstoppable

Samantha Moore Government and International Politics Samantha Moore has always been passionate about service, a sensibility she learned from family and applied to her time at Mason. “My dad’s a fourth-grade teacher, but he did so much more beyond teaching,” Moore said. “He’s passionate about creating a change that extends throughout generations.” The Bedford, Michigan native said she was drawn to Mason for its programs focusing on grant writing and nonprofit work, and as a freshman participated in a nonprofit fellowship through the School of Integrative Studies. Working with Britepaths, an organization that provides stability services to individuals in Fairfax County, Moore said she helped secure nearly $12,000 in grants. During the fellowship, Moore also learned about a military nonprofit, which inspired her to join the GMU Patriot Battalion. She plans to attend law school to become a Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) officer. “As a leader, it’s really important not to just make a change for yourself, but to make sure you’re doing that for everyone around you,” she said. At Mason, Moore has been a resident advisor and helped create curriculum for the Honors College that helps students solve challenges for local nonprofits. “I’m excited because this program will impact [Mason] students, but it will also impact the greater community,” she said. Beyond class, Moore participated in an alternative spring break in Xela, Guatemala, and visited Israel on a Mason Hillel trip. “These experiences gave me a window into the needs of the world beyond Mason, and beyond where I thought my influence was limited,” Moore said. “That’s the best thing about Mason, she added, “the diverse perspective it brings and the opportunities it creates.”

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Video: "The Next System and the Academy"

Video: "The Next System and the Academy"

On Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, hundreds of leading policymakers, innovators, community organizers, and academics came together to take up the challenge of preparing our society for a transition to a system that provides the best outcomes for all. "The Next System and the Academy: Systemic Crises, Movements, and Change in the 2020s," featured keynote speaker U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (2nd CD, WI), Kali Akuno (Cooperation Jackson), Dr. Gar Alperovitz (Democracy Collaborative), Dr. Amy Best (George Mason University), Dr. Diane Fujino (UC Santa Barbara), Peter Knowlton (UE General President, retired), Dr. Ben Manski (George Mason University), and Mike Strode (U.S. Solidarity Economy Network).

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Leading the Way in Next System Studies

Leading the Way in Next System Studies

"To borrow from Lev Tolstoy, ‘What then must society do?’ Or to paraphrase Gar Alperovitz, ‘system change is coming; what kind of system do we want and how do we get there?’ These are the questions at the center of next system studies.” 

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