We are pleased to share our Community Engagement Medallion Recipients for 2019! These individuals will be recognized at Social Action and Integrative Learning’s (SAIL) Seeds of Change event on Tuesday April 23rd from 1pm-3pm.
At the event we will also be announcing the recipients of the Seeds of Change Awards (nominees are listed below) and several students will be sharing about their Mason experience. We hope you will join us for light refreshments and the celebration of community engagement within your departments, here at Mason and in our surrounding community!
Many thanks to our selection committee:
Joanne Walton, Seasonal Programs Manager and Volunteer Manager for Britepaths
Shannyn Snyder, Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Department of Global and Community Health
Patty Mathison, Director, Social Action and Integrative Learning
Jayson Padilla, Operations Manager, Social Action and Integrative Learning
Danielle Menla, Current Mason Student within Government and International Politics
Community Engagement Medallion Recognition
The Community Engagement Medallion was established to honor graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as community based learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement.
- Ahmed Bubshait, Criminology, Law and Society
- Marina Chafa, Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Onyi Ekeanyanwu, Integrative Studies with a concentration in International Studies
- Gary Hooker, Psychology with a concentration in Development and a minor in Human Development and Family Science
- Nathaniel Kamau, Information Technology and a minor in Nonprofit Studies
- Sarah Kladler, Art and Visual Technology
- Jocelyn Martinez, Criminology, Law and Society
- Zimuzo Okala, Psychology and Communication
- Elizabeth Piermatteo, Integrative Studies, concentration in Elementary Education
- Collette Rhoads, Integrative Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights and a minor in Nonprofit Studies
- Anna Rodriguez Peris, Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Latin America
- Irene Oduro Sarpong, Community Health with a concentration in Clinical Science
- Priya Sorot, Psychology with concentrations in Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology, and a minor in Childhood Studies
- Diego Soto Garcia, Integrative Studies with a concentration in Legal Studies
- Mercy Waithaka, Biology
Nominees for Seeds of Change Awards
Recipients to be announced at the event
Active Citizen Award
This award is for students who have made a significant contribution to the Mason community. An Active Citizen is a citizen of the world, they are individuals who prioritize the community in their values and life choices. They don’t have to take action on every social issue, but rather, see the world through that lens. They take action on issues that matter to them and their communities.
Nathaniel Kamau, Information Technology
Kathy Nuñez, Undeclared
Yassmin Salem, Integrative Studies
Angelica Young, Psychology
Dr. Julie Owen Award
This award honors Dr. Julie Owen, a faculty member in the School of Integrative Studies at George Mason University who has been a fierce advocate, supporter and champion of community engagement here at Mason and beyond. Julie has been a voice for graduate students serving as a mentor, guide and connector aiding in their personal and professional growth. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of graduate students engaged in their community.
Omar Aziz, School of Integrative Studies
Felicia Baez, Women and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Resources
Kalia Harris, Social Action and Integrative Learning
Luz Mueller, Spanish Department
Shauna Rigaud, Social Action and Integrative Learning
Christian Suero, Housing and Residence Life
Engaged Faculty Award
This award recognizes university Faculty who have been exceptional leaders in the areas of community based learning, scholarship and service. Recipients will have made a significant contribution to Mason's culture of community engagement and strengthening our commitment to the communities we serve.
Dr. Carrie Bonilla, Assistant Professor, Spanish
Dr. Cynthia Smith, Associate Professor, Environment Science and Policy/K12 Education Director, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center
Shannyn Snyder, Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Department of Global and Community Health/ Consultant and Internship Coordinator for Water Health Educator
Engaged Staff Award
This award recognizes university Staff who have been exceptional leaders in the areas of community based learning, scholarship and service. Recipients will have made a significant contribution to Mason's culture of community engagement and strengthening our commitment to the communities we serve.
Kevin Stoy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Previously in the Honor’s College)
Christian Suero, Housing and Residence Life
Exemplary Community Partner
Exemplary Community Partner Award: exists to recognize and celebrate partner organizations who not only are doing great work for their community, but are also undertaking additional effort to serve as partners in education working with Mason students at their organization.
Andre Porter, Birmingham Green
Kevin Krisko, Images for Good
Muhammad Hasan, Adams Compassionate Healthcare Network
Veronica Tangiri, Prince William Water and Soil Conservation District
Outstanding Partnership, Project and Collaboration
Courageous Conversations- A partnership between Dr. Meagan Call-Cummings, College of Education and Human Development and Mrs. Leanne Beardsley and students, Osbourn Park High School
For more information about this event and these awards you can visit our page: https://sail.gmu.edu/program/seeds-of-change Many thanks to our SAIL staff and students who have been working hard to bring this event to fruition! We hope you will join us for the celebration of community engagement here at Mason! Please RSVP here by April 17th, 2019 to confirm your attendance.
April 09, 2019