SAIL 2017-2018 Year in Review

SAIL 2017-2018 Year in Review

May 14, 2018


The end of another school year is here. As classes conclude and the SAIL office prepares for the upcoming school year, we hope you stay committed and connected. Each year, staff and students bring fresh ideas to our table, making our experience here more fulfilling than ever. We believe that with your support, we will keep serving toward a nonviolent, just and sustainable world.

With that, we would like to highlight a few active members of SAIL.

Thank you to our incoming graduates - for your dignified leadership, intellect, and passions toward your intended career. We hope you navigate through these next stages of life with confidence, self-awareness, and passion. All the best with your future endeavors.

Thank you to our LLC students - your commitment to leading on our campus is admirable beyond belief. The community you developed over the past year is refreshing and a beautiful thing to reflect on.

Thank you to our amazing staff - for your many contributions. Your involvement makes the office an amazing place to collaborate and grow professionally. Your enthusiasm and guidance is done in the most effective way possible.

And thank you to you! We appreciate you sticking with us, following our social media, subscribing to our newsletter, and being a part of our narrative.

College is a place to celebrate academia, self-growth, and camaraderie with others who choose different paths along the way. As you conclude this school year at Mason, take whatever experiences you’ve created here and stride with pride.



Jacqueline Reed

Communications and PR Coordinator, SAIL |   


SAIL Successes from the 2017-2018 School Year

The Alternative Break (AB) program exceled.

  • $8,880 funding from Parents Fund and University Life Programming Committee (ULPC)
  • 47 student participants for five AB trips, 10 being trip leaders
  • 6 community partners and 5 learning partners
  • Almost 2000 hours of service to community
  • Over 2100 hours education, orientation and training

Community-Based Learning (CBL) courses made positive change.

  • 22 faculty members organized and facilitated classes
  • 22 classes in five campus departments, 328 students in total
  • 95 community organizations involved
  • About 9,094 hours of service to community

The Leadership and Community Engagement LLC led in unexpected ways.

  • Two faculty members facilitated retreats and workshops
  • 40 students participated, with 23 majors recognized
  • Five facilitations planned by LLC upperclassmen
  • Over 1,320 hours of service to community

The Non-Profit Fellows program used experiential learning to educate future leaders.

  • Three faculty members and 25 students participated
  • About 20 community partners involved
  • About 7,500 hours of service to community

Field Studies served in a globalized context. Trips included the Post Genocide Community Development and Spirituality in Cambodia, Applied Engineering in Germany, Leadership Themes in Italian Civilization and Conservation and Sustainability of the Amazon.

Mason Service Corps (INTS 294) enabled student initiative. 11 students partook in 565 hours of service to community partners.

The SAIL office hosted several events, led special programs and collaborated with various offices. Events included the 9/11 Service Fair, Hunger Banquet, Seeds of Change, Walk to End HIV, Engage with Mason (two events) and Mason Giving Day.

Facilitations and trainings included the 9/11 Day of Service Project Leader Training, LLC retreats, four Mason Gives Back workshops, AB orientations, FACETS Aspires (LLC-led) and two faculty workshops.

SAIL also networked with several on-campus offices and resources. Various offices include Career Services, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), Office of Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME), Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), Hillel, Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Office of Sustainability, Global Education Office (GEO), and Women and Gender Studies (WGST) among others.

SAIL also represented at Howard University for the Annual International Conference on Stigma. Likewise, five GMU students presented at William and Mary for the Active Citizens Conference.

The SAIL’s social media presence grew significantly.

  • 63 new followers on Facebook (Aug. 2017 to May 2018)
  • 53 new followers on Twitter, over 88K tweet impressions (Aug. 2017 to May 2018)
  • 115 followers on Instagram (Sept. 2017 to May 2018)
  • 1,114 subscribers to SAIL’s newsletters (Sept. 2017 to May 2018)
  • 60 views on Flickr’s Seeds of Change album (on Flickr)
  • 10,142 total unique page views on the SAIL website (Jan. 2018 to April 2018)

SAIL fosters integrative, innovative, and experiential learning opportunities on campus, regionally, and globally that educate and activate towards a more equitable, just, nonviolent, and sustainable world.