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Around Mason: Week of Nov. 10, 2020

November 9, 2020

Faculty/Staff Announcements

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Campus Updates

Freedom and Learning Forum: Racial Justice, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion

The first Freedom and Learning Forum at Mason hosted by President Washington will take place on Monday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. The theme of this forum is Racial Justice, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion.

The forum will provide the opportunity for the campus community to engage with President Washington and key leaders on issues of campus climate, racial justice, equity, and inclusion.  

In addition to President Washington, panelists will include Provost Mark Ginsburg; College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Ann Ardis; Faculty Affairs Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Well-Being Millie Rivera; University Life Associate Dean Creston Lynch; and Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force co-chairs Shernita Parker and Wendi Manuel-Scott.

The Mason community is invited to submit written questions for the moderator to ask, or provide a videotaped question. Questions will be accepted in advance and also in real time during the forum. Questions not answered during the forum will be addressed in future communications. 

To submit a question for the forum, RSVP, or find more information, visit

Mason Honors Veterans

George Mason University celebrates and honors our Veterans. Due to COVID-19, we are unable to do so in person this year. During Veterans Week, the ROTC Program, Office of Military Services, and Mason's newly-launched Military, Veterans, and Families Initiative are proud to offer a variety of free events, pre-recorded messages of appreciation, and discounts for Mason Veterans. 

Learn more about local and national events and discounts offered to our Veteran community during Veterans Week.

At Mason, we aspire to serve our Veterans with as much dedication and devotion as they have provided to our county. We hope all our Veterans have a wonderful Veterans Day and know that Mason celebrates you daily, not just today.

Virtual Holiday Donation Drive

Would you like to help someone in need? Parking Services has teamed up with the Staff Senate for a virtual holiday donation drive.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 11, and running through Tuesday, Dec. 15, reduce the cost of an outstanding parking citation by $10 or $20 by making a donation to one of the charities on the Staff Senate website.

For important details, visit

Contact with questions.

Celebrating Veterans and the Arts: A Virtual Concert

Since 2014, the Hylton Center's Veterans and the Arts Initiative has served as an arts and community hub for local Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and the community. Join them for a virtual concert:

Celebrating Veterans and the Arts: A Virtual Concert featuring Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Darden Purcell, and Voices of Service
Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m.
Free, online performance

The concert will feature: Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, celebrated duo on the American acoustic scene; Darden Purcell, Washington D.C.-based jazz vocalist and recording artist joined by Mason Jazz faculty; and Voices of Service, a quartet of Veterans and Service members who were finalists on America’s Got Talent (Season 14).

This family-friendly concert has something for everyone.

To register and watch this performance, visit

Jazz4Justice™ and Justice for Jazz

Jazz4Justice is an award-winning annual concert presented by Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) and Mason Jazz Studies. The concert was established in 2001 by Fairfax attorney Edward L. Weiner and the founder of Mason Jazz Studies, Jim Carroll.

Jazz4Justice™ and Justice for Jazz
Friday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m.
Free, online event

This year's virtual celebration concert will highlight Mason Jazz students and faculty. Jazz4Justice is a truly unique event where attorneys, judges, students, and members of the Northern Virginia community gather to celebrate their love of jazz.

Proceeds from the evening benefit LSNV’s mission of service to the Northern Virginia community and provide financial support for the Mason Jazz Studies department for trips, recordings, and student projects.

For more information and to register, visit

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: David Shifrin, Clarinet

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
CMS Front Row: National
David Shifrin, clarinet

Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.
Free, online event

This performance features virtuosic works for clarinet played by David Shifrin and fellow CMS musicians, including Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major, Bassi’s Concert Fantasia on the Themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Duke Ellington’s Clarinet Lament.

Don’t miss this sparkling performance of chamber music hosted by CMS Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han.

Details for how to watch will be updated at closer to the event date.

Training and Professional Development

Spirit of Advising Excellence Award: Submit a Nomination by Nov. 15

The Mason Academic Advisor Network (MAAN) is inviting nominations for the annual Jade Barricelli Spirit of Academic Advising Excellence Award. 

This peer-nominated award was developed as a way to recognize and honor our colleagues’ devotion to creating a culture of academic advising excellence at Mason. 

Any Mason employee (faculty, staff, or graduate student) with responsibility for academic advising undergraduate and/or graduate students is eligible.

Visit the MAAN website for additional information and to submit a nomination. The deadline to submit nominations is Sunday, Nov. 15.

Webinar on Supporting Undocumented Students

Join UndocuMason, in partnership with GMU-AAUP, for the webinar “Supporting Undocumented Students,” on Friday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn more about the UndocuAlly Training program and UndocuMason’s policy agenda. There will also be a discussion of ways to build solidarity and allyship with undocumented students. 

Register here. Contact with questions.

Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence

George Mason University will again recognize outstanding faculty with the Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence. These awards are designed to honor the recipient faculty for excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, social impact, and diversity and inclusion.

Nominations are accepted through Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Recipients will be selected by a team of faculty representatives and senior leaders and will be recognized in spring 2021.

To recommend a faculty member, submit a letter of nomination to The letter should describe the nominee’s accomplishments specific to the relevant criteria.

For more details, visit the website. Questions about the nomination process should be directed to Brian Platt at or Kim Eby at