Seeds of Change Community Engagement Celebration

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We are pleased to share the Community Engagement Medallion Recipients for 2022!  These individuals will be recognized at Social Action and Integrative Learning’s (SAIL) Seeds of Change event on Tuesday April 26th from 1pm-3pm in the HUB Ballroom and will be livestreamed as well through Zoom. Many thanks to the folks that submitted nominations, recommendations and applications. 

The Seeds of Change event celebrates and recognizes the impactful and incredible contributions through our local and global community. This event honors graduating seniors who have excelled in their commitment to community through activities such as community based learning, volunteerism, advocacy and political engagement with a Community Engagement Medallion. In addition, we will also be recognizing several unique and wonderful community partners, faculty/staff and students to honor Mason’s diverse and impactful community engagement efforts. Thank you to our sponsors, University Life, School of Integrative Studies and the Office of Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECiL) for your generosity and support!

At the event we will also be announcing the recipients of the Seeds of Change Awards (nominees are listed below). We hope you will join us for light refreshments, student experience speakers and the celebration of community engagement here at Mason and in our surrounding community! We invite you to RSVP here by April 20th, 2022 to confirm your attendance regardless of whether you plan to attend virtually or in person.

 

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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.

  

2022 Recipients 

  • Shelby Adams, Criminology, Law and Society 
  • Blythe Dellinger, Global and Community Health with a minor in Anthropology 
  • Christopher Dorgham, Community Health with a concentration in Clinical Science 
  • Madison Essig, Integrative Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights 
  • Julia Hakeem, Biology, Honors in Biology 
  • Calvin Jones, Community Health with a concentration in Clinical Sciences 
  • Fiona Klotz, Integrative Studies with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights 
  • Savannah Martincic, Communication  
  • Daria (Dasha) Maslyukova, Environmental and Sustainability Studies 
  • Sarah Osman, Global and Community Health with a concentration in Clinical Science 
  • Zara Sheikh, Human Development and Family Science 
  • Nathaniel Smith, Sociology
  • Elise Spencer, Conflict Analysis and Resolution 
  • Thuc Van Tran, 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.

 

Crystal Bower, Mechanical Engineering

Kaitlyn Kerr, Special Education

Nimisha Timsina, Exploratory   

 

Dr. Julie Owen Graduate Student 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 ofcommunity 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. 

 

Kendall Reed Cage, Higher Education and Student Development  

Mireya Katherine Campuzano, Interdisciplinary Studies 

Veronika Lozano, Global Affairs 

 

Engaged Faculty and Engaged Staff Awards 

This award recognizes university faculty and 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.

 

Ben Auger, Office of Sustainability 

Dr. Nicholas Lennon, Leadership Education and Development Office 

Karen Wolf, Office of Communications and Marketing, University Life 

Kristen Wright, Office of Community Engagement and Civic Learning 

 

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.

 

Catherine Sevcenko, Diva Crows

Kelly Richards and Nikki Clifford, Food for Others 

Stephanie Barnes and Erin McKenney, Just Neighbors 

Lynn Latimer, Britepaths 

 

Outstanding Partnership, Project and Collaboration

As part of our mission for SAIL, for true positive change and engagement, it requires partnerships between partners, students and faculty/staff. We want to honor the outstanding partnerships both on campus and off.  This award recognizes folks who are able to identify projects or collaborations in partnership with community and who pay close attention to community voice. 

 

Democratizing NOVA: Dr. Ben Manski, Dr. Catyana Falsetti, Kellie Wilkerson among many others

Sustainable Renovation of the Men’s Soccer Locker Room: Oliver Weiss, Sarah D’Alexander, Christine Powell, Lindsay Campbell representing the Mens Soccer Team, Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, Patriot Club, and Mason Athletics

 

We hope you will also take some time to visit our social media during the week to celebrate and acknowledge our many talented nominees and award recipients. Follow us on our SAIL social media platforms and be sure to tune in the week of April 18th to learn more about each of these programs and individuals! 

Many thanks to our selection committee members for taking the time to review applications and nominations and make these very tough decisions: 

Community Engagement Medallion Committee 

Christopher Bell, Social Action and Integrative Learning
Indea Andrew-Nandlall, Social Action and Integrative Learning 

Alma L. Detten, College of Health and Human Services 

Irene Knoepfel, College of Health and Human Services 

 

 Seeds of Change Award Selection Committee: 

Tatyana Marable, Social Action and Integrative Learning 

Dr. David Corwin, Women and Gender Studies 

Rachel DePratti, Leadership through Community Engagement Learning Community 

Shyama Kuver, Contemporary Student Services 

Makayla Vaughn, Leadership through Community Engagement Learning Community 

 

 

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 20th, 2022 to confirm your attendance.

 

In community, 

Social Action and Integrative Learning Staff