Community engagement, leadership development, social justice and student development.
Patricia "Patty" Mathison has been at Mason since April 2013. She has served in the role of Associate Director and now Director for Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL). Patty supervises the SAIL staff and provides overall management of the Center as well as connecting to community engagement initiatives across the university. She serves as the main coordinator for our Alternative Break program. In addition to her administrative role, she provides instruction for one to two courses each semester including INTS 294: Alternative Breaks.
In 2019, Patty was recognized with the Spirit of King award, presented to a staff/administrator who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of an inclusive learning environment through their programming, advising, student leadership development or other work that involves advocacy for equality and social justice.
Prior to her arrival at George Mason University, Patty had spent the prior nine years in Australia, Indiana, North Carolina and South Carolina where she was fortunate to work in the field of community engagement, leadership development, social justice and student support and development. She is also a very proud AmeriCorps Alum of City Year Columbia in 2004-2005 where she served as a corps member for the Young Heroes program, a service-learning program for middle school youth. Patty continued her commitment to City Year the next year serving in a staff capacity as the Program and Operations Manager, solidifying her joy of working with college age students. Patty is grateful to have the opportunity to work in a field and a Center where she is surrounded by compassionate professionals and students every day. In her free time, Patty enjoys spending time with her dog, hiking, exploring and spending time with friends and family.
Wagner, W. & Mathison, P.E. (2015). Connecting to communities: Powerful pedagogies for leading for social change. In J. Owen (Ed.) Innovative Learning for Leadership Development: New Directions for Student Leadership, 145. (pp. 85-96). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
INTS 291: Leadership and Community Engagement
INTS 294: Mason Service Corps
INTS 395: Leadership and Community Engagement
UNIV 100: Introduction to Mason- Off-Campus Students
INTS 294: Alternative Breaks
M.Ed. in Counseling and Development- Community Agency Counseling, George Mason University (In progress)
M.A. in College Student Development-Student Affairs, Appalachian State University
B.A. in Sociology and Psychology, Shippensburg University
Mathison, P. & Moore, J. (2019, March) Social Action through the Decades. Presented at the Active Citizens Conference. William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Mathison, P., Durant, R., Pearce, K., Rigaud, S., & Villatoro, D. (2018, February) The Dangers of Empathy. Presented at the Active Citizens Conference. William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Donley, T., Duffey, A., Mathison, P., & Stoy, K. (2017, February) One Model with Deep Impact: How the Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service has Developed Sustainable Partnerships Across Multiple Communities. Presented at the IMPACT Conference. Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
Mathison, P. (2016, October). Discovering your Passions: What are you willing to stand up for? Presented at the Leadership Mason Conference. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Mathison, P. (2015, October). Leaving a Leadership Legacy. Presented at the Leadership Mason Conference. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Mathison, P., Finney, P., Garner, M., Galfetti, M., & Harris, K. (2013, February) The Rose that Grew from Concrete: A Presentation and Reflection on Service. Active Citizens Conference. William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.