George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations

George Mason University Office of Government and Community Relations The goals of the Government and Community Relations team are to advance George Mason University’s interests with federal, state and local governments and develop productive, mutually-beneficial relationships with business and citizen community groups.
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There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations: The federal government relations team acts as the lead group with legislators and regulators. Working with outside counsel, the federal team is regularly engaged with the Virginia Congressional delegation and key departments that are funders for grants and research at Mason. Contact Kerry Bolognese, 703-993-7710 or [email protected] The state government relations team represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year. The team has outside counsel to support activities related to the budget and other policy issues. Contact Sabena Moretz, 804-786-2217 or [email protected] The community relations team is responsible for representing the university to local governments, business and citizens groups. In particular, the team manages outreach to chambers of commerce and other business specialty groups. The community relations team is also responsible for citizen interaction, project management outreach and advisory board’s activities. Contact Traci Kendall, 703-993-8846 or [email protected].

Mission: The mission of The Office of Government and Community Relations is to develop and carry out strategies for effectively representing the university’s interest in the community; coordinate the university’s legislative and advocacy efforts; build and strengthen relationships with the university’s constituencies to foster mutual understanding, positive interactions and collaborative partnerships; and encourage investment in and support for the university, it’s programs and initiatives, at the federal, state and local level.

Operating as usual

02/12/2021
First-ever Mason satellite begins its mission

George Mason University’s first satellite "ASTERIA," part of Mason Engineering’s ThinSat program, successfully passed environmental testing at the Northrop Grumman facility on Wallops Island and was integrated into a deployer.

The satellite will be launched on Saturday, February 20 at 12:36 p.m. from NASA’s facility on Wallops Island.

https://volgenau.gmu.edu/news/2021-02/first-ever-mason-satellite-begins-its-mission

Topics Topics Electrical and Computer Engineering Volgenau School of Engineering Volgenau School of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering In This Story People Mentioned in This Story Peter Pachowicz Read More About the Project Join the Launch Party Body George Mason University’s first s...

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Roughly 476,000 people are diagnosed with and treated for Lyme disease each year in the U.S. accordin...
02/12/2021
Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine |

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Roughly 476,000 people are diagnosed with and treated for Lyme disease each year in the U.S. according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. That data was published at the request of Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN), and underscores the need for public health agencies to study the spread of the tick-borne disease. Mason is nationally known for its Lyme disease research and treatment. To learn more about George Mason University’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, visit http://capmm.gmu.edu/

Every individual’s disease is different. Personalized medicine strives to provide the right medicine for the right patient with the lowest toxicity. Personalized cancer therapy using proteomics involves molecular profiling of the patient’s cancer cells to map the susceptible drug targets and the...

02/11/2021
Renewed Vision Series begins with conversation on policing reform

Please join us for the Mason Vision Series! The Spring 2021 Semester kickoff event will be held on Monday, Feb. 22, and features Cynthia Lum, professor of criminology, law and society and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, who will address “A Vision for American Policing Reform.”

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-02/renewed-vision-series-begins-conversation-policing-reform

This semester the Office of the Provost will renew the Mason Vision Series, a monthly forum to showcase exemplary real-world research and scholarship that takes place every day at Mason.

02/11/2021
Serving those who serve: Partnership with American Legion lets M-VETS expand veterans support and student learning

https://www2.gmu.edu/news/2021-02/serving-those-who-serve-partnership-american-legion-lets-m-vets-expand-veterans

Topics Topics Military Veterans and Families Initiative (MVFI) Military Antonin Scalia Law School law Campus News Student news Arlington Arlington campus Mason-Arlington Body Tim MacArthur It was post 9/11 when the family of a George Mason University student deployed overseas found themselves facing...

02/11/2021
Mason and Partner Clinics Support COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Prince William County for Eligible Residents in Phases 1a and 1b

Mason in the community!

https://chhs.gmu.edu/news/2021-02/mason-and-partner-clinics-support-covid-19-vaccination-clinics-prince-william-county

Topics Topics CHHS College of Health and Human Services College of Health and Human Services School of Nursing College of Health and Human Services Department of Health Administration and Policy Public Health College of Health and Human Services Department of Social Work coronavirus; covid-19 vaccin...

02/10/2021
Vision Series

You’re Invited!

The Mason Vision Series is a forum for Mason researchers and scholars to share their work with both university colleagues and the community more generally. It is an opportunity for invited Mason faculty members to share the frontiers of their scholarship in an accessible style that also inspires lively discussion among students, faculty, staff, and the wider reaches of the community.

https://provost.gmu.edu/initiatives/vision-series

Sub Navigation Vision Series Student Experience Redesign Project Mason Impact Degree Completion ADVANCE Partnership Mason International Collaborative Micro-Credentials at Mason The Mason Vision Series is a forum for Mason researchers and scholars to share their work with both university colleagues a...

Schar School of Policy and Government
02/10/2021

Schar School of Policy and Government

What will the workplace look like in After Times? @ScharSchool's #Alumni chapter presents a panel of experts who lend insight to what the 'new reality' will look like. 2/15, 11:30 a.m. ET. Register here: https://alumni.gmu.edu/ScharSchoolReturntoWork

Nominations for Jack Wood Award for Town/Gown Relations Open Through March 19In honor of former Mayor Jack Wood, the dri...
02/09/2021
Jack Wood Award for Town Gown Relations | Office of Government & Community Relations | George Mason University

Nominations for Jack Wood Award for Town/Gown Relations Open Through March 19

In honor of former Mayor Jack Wood, the driving force Town Gown relations between university and community, the Office of Government and Community Relations presents this university/community-wide award program to recognize faculty, staff, students, businesses/not-for-profits, community members and elected officials/staff who demonstrate leadership in fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the university and the community. Those with community relations/outreach as a primary responsibility in their job description are not eligible.

To nominate yourself or someone else, submit the online form by March 19. Award Recipients will be notified by April 9, with an award ceremony to be held May 6 in conjunction with the Board of Visitor’s meeting.

For more information, visit and submit a nomination:
https://relations.gmu.edu/community-relations/programs-and-services/jack-wood-award-for-town-gown-relations/

Jack Wood, former Mayor for the then-Town of Fairfax, was the driving force for arranging a campus to be located on land adjacent to the town and deeding it to the university, thus beginning a Town-Gown relationship for the university.

02/09/2021
Attention Mason Nation!
02/05/2021

Attention Mason Nation!

📣George Mason University's 2021 Homecoming begins TODAY! 📣 Mason students, alumni, staff and faculty are eligible for special discounts from participating Fairfax City businesses until February 13!

For more information visit: fairfaxcityconnected.com/masonhomecoming

City of Fairfax Government

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Mason’s Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement Liza Wilson Durant and Maso...
02/05/2021
idia.gmu.edu

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: Mason’s Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement Liza Wilson Durant and Mason’s Director of Federal Relations recently briefed Representative Don Beyer’s Chief of Staff on Mason’s Arlington project. Ms. Durant shared the size and scope of the project, provided an overview of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, and discussed the sustainability goals and gap in funding. She emphasized the project is consistent with Arlington’s Net Zero goals and President Biden’s Green agenda. Representative Beyer has been a champion of legislation to de-carbonize infrastructure and transportation. To learn more about George Mason University’s Institute for Digital InnovAtion visit, https://idia.gmu.edu/

Fairfax City Economic Development Authority
02/04/2021

Fairfax City Economic Development Authority

If you are a Mason student, alumni, faculty or staff, you are eligible for special discounts/promotions if you show your Mason ID/alumni card to participating Fairfax City businesses!

Look out for businesses with these signs to see who's part of Patriots in the City. You can view the full list here 👇
fairfaxcityconnected.com/masonhomecoming

(Pictured: Corner Coffee House , Organic Nail Bar Fairfax , Coyote Grille and DIY Scent Studio Perfumery )

City of Fairfax Government

George Mason University
01/31/2021

George Mason University

Roughly 800 phase 1b daycare providers received COVID-19 vaccinations at George Mason University on Friday and Saturday.

Students and employees from George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services, with support from administrators and staff from Mason’s office of Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management (SEERM), administered shots to support the Fairfax County Health Department vaccination drive.

Twelve vaccination stations were set up in the HUB Ballroom and a 30-chair area, where vaccine recipients waited 15-to-30 minutes to ensure they incurred no ill effects.

In addition to helping Fairfax County Government's vaccination drive, students gained real-world experience in pandemic response.

“Everyone is participating, and staff are positive and upbeat,” said Julie Zobel, assistant vice president for Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management. “We’re all united to crush COVID.”

📷: Ron Aira/Creative Services
#CrushCOVID #ThisIsPublicHealth #MakingHealthVisible

Fairfax City Economic Development Authority
01/30/2021

Fairfax City Economic Development Authority

George Mason University's 2021 Homecoming is around the corner! Mason students, alumni, staff, and faculty can receive special discounts from 02/01/21 - 02/13/21 for Patriots in the City.

For a list of Patriots in the City participating businesses visit:
fairfaxcityconnected.com/masonhomecoming

City of Fairfax Government

01/30/2021
George Mason University's Center for the Arts

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Our Spring 2021 season includes Broadway belters, world music, classical gems and much more. It's a mix of digital, in-person and outdoor performances. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Select performances on sale now: bit.ly/3cla03N

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: President Biden recently released a fact sheet for his comprehensive immigration reform proposal-The ...
01/29/2021

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: President Biden recently released a fact sheet for his comprehensive immigration reform proposal-The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. The framework creates a pathway to citizenship for qualified undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements, clears employment-based visa backlogs, recaptures unused visas, eliminates per-country visa cap, and provides dependents of H-1B visa holders work authorization. The fact sheet indicates graduates with advanced STEM degrees will be exempt from visa limits. To read the fact sheet, visit https://bit.ly/3iWReRG. To learn more about Mason’s STEM Accelerator program, visit https://cos.gmu.edu/stem/.

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently made available over $21 billion in new funds to instit...
01/22/2021
CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

THE FEDERAL FOCUS: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently made available over $21 billion in new funds to institutions of higher education. The new Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) allocation table details award amounts for both student emergency aid and institutional support. George Mason University officially receives $36,198,204, of which $10,427,512 is allocated for student emergency assistance. To learn more about HEERF II, visit https://bit.ly/2NrWCjY. To learn more about Mason, visit https://www2.gmu.edu/

CRRSAA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

Fairfax City Economic Development Authority
01/20/2021

Fairfax City Economic Development Authority

Fairfax City businesses are encouraged to participate in supporting Patriot Pride during GMU's 2021 Homecoming! 🎊

Organic Nail Bar Fairfax
Whole Health Medical Center
Fairfax Fine Violins
King Kabob
Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies
Joy Unlimited - www.joy-unlimited.com
Lash Artist Olivia
Epicure Café
Patriots Pub & Grill
Fairfax Heaven Nail & Spa
Printing Ideas
WT Clothiers
CupCakes & Beyond VA
DIY Scent Studio Perfumery
Qdoba
Twins Ace Hardware
Ornery Beer Company
YamaChen's Sushi
Pacers Running
The Auld Shebeen
Capital Ale House
Dante Salon and Wellness Spa
Havabite Eatery
Eminence Jewelers, Fairfax
Bacini Photography
Mara Hair And Mode Studio
PJ SKIDOOS
Weber's Pet Supermarket
Cameron's Coffee & Chocolates
Coyote Grille
Bellissimo Restaurant, Fine Northern Italian Cuisine
Massage Associates
Han and Associates, PLLC
The Auld Shebeen
Corner Coffee House

If you are a Fairfax City business and would like to participate, please complete the form below by this Friday, January 22, 2021 👇
fairfaxcityconnected.com/HC21SIGNUP

Forms are due no later than this Friday, January 22, 2021.

City of Fairfax Government

As the nation prepares for tomorrow's presidential inauguration, we thank our students and alumni in the armed forces fo...
01/20/2021
National Guard member protecting Capitol stays dedicated to students

As the nation prepares for tomorrow's presidential inauguration, we thank our students and alumni in the armed forces for protecting our democracy. Dr. Jacob Kohut, MM ̓11 and DMA ̓16, teaches music between his shifts to protect the Capitol.
http://ow.ly/zBt750DcCAP

Dr. Jacob Kohut, an elementary school band teacher and member of the DC National Guard, is making time to teach when he’s not protecting the Capitol.

01/18/2021

A message from Dr. Washington:

Fellow Patriots:

This holiday weekend overflows with irony. When I think of any march on Washington, the image that immediately comes to mind is that of Martin Luther King Jr., arguably America’s greatest leader of non-violent social change, at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

Contrast that with the images of the more than 25,000 soldiers who currently occupy our capital as a direct result of what former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund described as a “violent attack … unlike any I have experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C.”

This irony creates many more questions than answers: How did a protest that was supposed to dispute an election get corrupted with guns, multiple Confederate flags, and racists and anti-Semitic slogans? The lack of a meaningful outcry from the protestors and their supporters that these elements did not represent their ideals left many to believe the protestors were in support of the vandalism, hatred and anti-American symbols and sentiments. It’s really illuminating that these were some of the very issues that King fought against.

How can we make sense of a nation that suddenly needs 25,000 troops in its capital just to safeguard the peaceful transition of power from one president to the next?

Is there really an equivalency between the protest in Washington, D.C. this summer following the deaths Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and the protest on January 6th? Did law enforcement treat these entities as equivalent?

And how on earth do we make sense of this at a time when we are supposed to be reflecting and taking meaningful action toward nonviolent social advancement?

I have found inspiration in the teachings of Dr. King himself, particularly from his Letter From Birmingham City Jail. He wrote it in 1963 as he sat in solitary confinement, having been arrested for peacefully protesting the oppressive segregation of Bull Connor’s Birmingham.

He is described as having felt despair and panic in his isolation. It is evident that many Americans share this sentiment today whether they are protesting police brutality or the election results.

During King’s incarceration, a sympathetic guard smuggled him a newspaper, which contained a scathing open letter to him from eight local clergy, who condemned him as an “extremist,” and his protests as “unwise and untimely.”

Out of his despair, he regained resolve and penned his now-immortal response. Three points in particular resonate with me on this weekend, and I invite you to reflect on them, as well:

Reject violence, no matter what.
In his letter, he described how he and his fellow protestors had to steel themselves for the violence they knew their peaceful protests would draw out. He would tell them: “We adopt the means of nonviolence because our end is a community at peace with itself."

King goes further to remind us that, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” These statements were lessons for his followers at that time but are equally true in this moment.

Progress toward social justice is not automatic.
“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability,” Dr. King wrote from his jail cell. It takes constant work and the effective use of time. “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. … Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.”

As we prepare to inaugurate a new president, we have reached a moment of sobering national reckoning about who we have been, who we are, and therefore, in time, who we might become. Just as we were told after each mass shooting over the last decade that “now is not the time” to address the root causes of gun violence in America, Dr. King was chided that his social movement was “untimely.” Waiting was always the advice he would receive, and thankfully reject.

We were not ready for the events of January 6. We as a nation will never be ready, or be comfortable, with the gut-wrenching truths that these events and the social justice events of 2020 now demand that we examine. It is time to stop waiting until we are “ready,” because such a comfortable moment will never present itself.

We are all extremists.
Dr. King initially bristled at being called out as an “extremist.” Then he thought more deeply about it and concluded that anyone who believes wholly in their cause will be characterized as an extremist. And so, he embraced his mantle as an extremist for love, justice, and equality.

“So, the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be,” he wrote. “Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”

So, Patriots, in keeping with this holiday as a day “on” and not a day “off,” here is a homework assignment for all of us: How can we be extremists for love and the extension of justice? Because today is ripe to do right.

Gregory Washington
President

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There are currently three sub-teams within Government and Community Relations: The federal government relations team acts as the lead group with legislators and regulators. The federal team is regularly engaged with the Virginia Congressional delegation and key departments that are funders for grants and research at Mason. Contact Kerry Bolognese, 703-993-7710 or [email protected] The state government relations team represents the university administration’s positions in Richmond during the General Assembly and throughout the year. The team has outside counsel to support activities related to the budget and other policy issues. Contact Sarah Huang Spota, 804-786-2217 or [email protected] The community relations team is responsible for representing the university to local governments, business and citizens groups. The community relations team is also responsible for citizen interaction, project management outreach and advisory board activities. Contact Traci Kendall, 703-993-8846 or [email protected].

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