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.
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.
- 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.
Social Action and Integrative Learning Staff
April 12, 2022