We are delighted to share that Ms. Kristen Wright has been appointed inaugural Director of Civic Engagement through the Office of Undergraduate Education.
Kristen brings a wealth of experience, passion and commitment to community that will greatly enhance civic engagement here at Mason. The Director of Civic Engagement will work closely with SAIL and our staff and we look forward to potential partnerships and opportunities. Her role will contribute to creating infrastructure around civic engagement and building further opportunities to support the good work that we know is happening throughout our institution. Kristen has a strong background collaborating with faculty, students and staff creating and deepening opportunities and connections with community.
Kristen was the Associate Director of SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), the community engagement and service-learning center serving the Johns Hopkins University’s Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine. Previously, she was the coordinator and instructor for Mason Service Corps at George Mason University through SAIL and the Director of the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, DC, an eight-week academic internship program focusing on the nonprofit sector. Kristen served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the College of Charleston where she coordinated the Bonner Leader Program, a community service scholarship program, as well as the Alternative Break Program. Kristen is passionate about engaging students and faculty in service-learning and has focused her research on the barriers that both populations face to participating in service-learning, as well as leadership development of undergraduate students as a result of participation in service-learning.
Her contributions to Johns Hopkins is quite impressive and we are thrilled she is returning to Mason! Kristen’s dedication and passion for this work combined with her insight and work ethic will be valuable and meaningful as we continue to make community a priority here at Mason. Please join us in welcoming the wonderful Kristen Wright!
"The Office of Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kristen Wright as the inaugural Director of Civic Engagement. In this role, Kristen will help coordinate university efforts around civic engagement and community learning through initiatives such as the Mason Impact and community-based research, as well as working closely with existing programs on campus. Now that civic engagement is a core competency and assessed by SCHEV as part of undergraduate education, Kristen will help shape the definition of civic engagement for Mason and will guide our institution to becoming a national leader in this field.
Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Higher Education Administration from Mason. For the last four years, she has served as the Associate Director of Student Leadership and Involvement at Johns Hopkins University."
--Announcement from the Office of Undergraduate Education
June 24, 2019
July 01, 2019