Campus Partnerships

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Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office

The LEAD Office works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to provide leadership education, training, and development for students at all levels of leadership development. We believe that every student has the potential to be a leader and we help students develop as effective, ethical leaders through a series of workshops, conferences, classes, speakers, dialogues, and retreats. Our programs are tailored to students at different levels of leadership development and provide opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world.

Employers Want Students with Leadership Experience… LEAD can help! What are the top personal qualities employers look for in college graduates?

The top 5 personal qualities/skills that employers seek, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2013 survey, are:

  • Verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Ability to obtain and process information

LEAD’s various opportunities can help students become better team players with strong communication skills, and much more.  These are the top 2 qualities/skills that employers are seeking.  So much learning happens outside the classroom and we are here to help you learn and be successful while making new friends and having fun.

Note: You do NOT need a leadership position to learn about or show leadership

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Student Involvement

Student Involvement encourages students and staff to think creatively. We want everyone to contribute ideas and think of new ways they may enhance campus and their experience at Mason. We offer opportunities to put your ideas into action, learn from hands-on experiences, meet new people, develop life-long friendships and gain skills that will help you be ready for wherever your future takes you!
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Honors College 

Mason officially launched the Honors College in 2009. In its formation, the college unified the interdisciplinary activities of the previous Honors Program, with aspects of self-guided research of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, the academic excellence of Mason Scholars, and advancement efforts of the Office of Fellowships.
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Global Education Office

The Global Education Office (GEO) organizes a wide range of international study, research, service, and leadership opportunities for the George Mason community. Study-abroad activities include international programs for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals seeking knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the culturally diverse society of the twenty-first century. Currently, GEO manages more than 150 international programs in over 60 countries: programs during the winter and summer breaks, semester and year-long programs, intensive language courses, and international internship opportunities. 

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Student Support and Advocacy Center

SSAC believes that students are most successful when they are healthy and happy and we strive to help students find that balance for themselves. SSAC staff offer students one-on-one support, interactive programming and on and off campus resources. Some of the topic areas we address are healthy relationships, stress management, nutrition, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, drug and alcohol use and sexual health.
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University Career Services

University Career Services is George Mason University's centralized career center. Career Services take an industry-focused approach to serving students and employers and prepare and connect career-ready students for post-graduate success
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Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME)

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) leads the university in creating and sustaining inclusive learning environments where all members of the Mason community are welcomed, valued, and supported.

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Parents Fund

The Parents Fund offers parents and families the opportunity to play a role in building and shaping an exemplary educational experience for Mason students. You can be part of every student’s success by giving a gift of any size at any point throughout your student’s time at Mason.

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Living Learning Communities

If you want to immerse yourself in a subject that you're really interested in, you might consider joining one of Mason's Living Learning Communities (LLC).

Being part of a community is about making connections with others who have common interests. You'll live with members of your LLC in the same residence hall, and develop personal and academic relationships with other students and faculty with the same interests. All LLCs are connected to courses that students take together, and you'll also participate in enrichment activities outside the classroom.

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Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS)

The Office of International Programs and Services educates, celebrates and serves the Mason community, including international and domestic students, faculty and exchange visitors, by helping them reach their highest academic and personal goals. 

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Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR)

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) is home of the Students as Scholars initiative. We are located on the second floor of the Johnson Center in room 246.

OSCAR and the Students as Scholars initiative provides George Mason University with the opportunity to connect students with faculty and to the research and creative mission of the institution. This initiative aims to foster a culture of student scholarship through increased participation in and celebration of scholarly activities. Students see their education as a process of scholarly inquiry, where scholarship is valued as a core practice of the Mason student experience. Faculty engage students in current and relevant activities, using new paradigms of instruction and active modeling of critical thinking.

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Orientation and Family Programs and Services to New Student and Family Programs

The Orientation and Family Programs and Services to New Student and Family Programs serves as the home for new students and families during your first year at Mason. It’s our job to help you connect your excitement about being a new Patriot to the endless opportunities that we have for you here in our academic community.

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Women and Gender Studies Center

The Women and Gender Studies Center bridges academic coursework with student development, leadership, and coalition building.

Its mission is to educate the George Mason University community about gender issues and issues of concern to women, and to be a focal point for women’s studies scholarship and research.

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University Life

University Life support every student at Mason from orientation through graduation and prepare Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society.

University Life is committed to student growth and success in everything students do. University Life provides services and resources to help students succeed and offers activities that instill a sense of belonging and Mason pride.

University Life advances student career readiness, develops civic learning and community engagement, promotes global and multicultural competency, and supports student health and well-being.

University Life is also responsible for ensuring a productive university community. That includes enforcing student conduct and honor code expectations.

The division is home to 29 offices, over 350 professional staff, and more than 1300 student staff all dedicated to ensuring that every Mason student is successful, inside the classroom and outside, from orientation through graduation.

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