Seeds of Change Recognition Event

Seeds of Change Recognition Event

Seeds of Change Recognition Event

Fairfax, VA April 18, 2017- The center for Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) at George Mason University recently hosted their first annual Seeds of Change recognition event in Merten Hall. This event celebrated and recognized the impactful work that Mason students, staff and community partners have been able to facilitate over the past year. Among the audience members were Provost David Wu and Kelly Dunne, the Executive Director of the School of Integrative Studies. These outstanding administrators witnessed 23 students receive the Community Engagement Medallion for their work to bring positive change to their local, national and worldwide communities.

Student winners:

Ateeb Asim

Clara Benayed
Integrative Studies

Jozslyne Carter
Social Work

Jennifer Cotto
Film and Video Studies

Tabatha Donley
Global Affairs

Amber Falls

Patrick Finney

Michael Galfetti
Government and Philosophy

Brandon Juarez-Lopez
Global Affairs

Breanne Kroehler
Integrative Studies

Veronika Lozano

Samuel Marcus
Integrative Studies

Madison McCoy
Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Nick McElroy

Desmond Moffitt

Jesse Muzzy
Environmental and Sustainability Studies 

Mai Nguyen
Government and International Politics

Asia Noor
Social Work

Katherine Smith
Integrative Studies 

Jenifer Stark
Integrative Studies

Nicholas Stasiak

Mckenna Underwood

Kayla Vaughan


Students from across academic disciplines work in their communities on a variety of social justice issues such as: homelessness, sustainability, fair trade sales, and human trafficking. This important work contributes to the lives of the people they help and the community that they have focused on. All of the students recognized for this award have given back in many ways and have contributed to their community.

medallion winners

Patty Mathison, the Director of SAIL, was especially honored to present awards to the following community partners. “We are so grateful for the dedication, passion and thoughtfulness of our partners who take the time to educate and inspire our students." Each community partner welcomed in Mason students and aided them in their mission to bring about positive change in the Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland areas.

Carpenter’s Shelter   

Wesley Housing Development Corp.

GMU Greenhouse

Bethany House of NOVA

Shelter House


Friends of the Guest House

Centreville Labor Resource Center

Paxton Campus

Northern Virginia Family Services

Adams Health Care Network

Mason’s Patriot Pantry


As part of the Seeds of Change recognition event, SAIL wanted to recognize and celebrate community engagement here at Mason and in particular the partnerships of community partners, faculty/staff and students working together towards positive social change. The following partnerships were highlighted during the event in recognition of what was created together.

Hampton Middle School Leadership Program and The LEAD Office at GMU Friends of the Guest House and INTS Creativity for Social Action and Transformation
Freedom Connection

To wrap up the event, SAIL took time to recognize two faculty members who go above and beyond in their roles here at Mason to encourage students to think about their responsibility to the surrounding community. The following two faculty members were recognized as Outstanding Faculty Partners: 

Dr. Suzanne Scott Constantine, School of Integrative Studies

Dr. Lauren Cattaneo, Psychology Department