From: CHSS Grad Directors <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of "Susan A. Turriziani" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: "Susan A. Turriziani" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:18 AM
To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Graduate Student Life Events: This week and all month


Please share the information below with your graduate students.






Dear colleagues,


We have several terrific events coming up for graduate students this week and through the rest of April focusing on diversity and inclusion, research and scholarship, well-being, and writing success. We would appreciate your assistance with sharing these opportunities with your graduate students. Event descriptions are below; event graphics are attached.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [log in to unmask]. Thank you!





Building Community: Navigating Intersecting Identities in Higher Education

Wednesday, April 7, 12-1:15pm

Graduate Student Life's Building Community for Diverse Graduate Students events focus on fostering relationships among Mason graduate and professional students of diverse identities while advancing equity and inclusion in graduate education at Mason. Join us for our Spring 2021 event, a panel discussion of Mason graduate students and faculty addressing the ways they have negotiated their multiple and intersecting identities while charting their educational and professional journeys in higher education.


All Mason community members -- graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, and staff -- are invited to this event. We hope you will join us!


Register for the event at



Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference

Thursday and Friday, April 8 & 9

Plan now to join the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Graduate Student Life, and the Provost’s Office at the annual Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held virtually on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9! This two-day event will showcase graduate student research, scholarship, and creativity across disciplines through poster and oral presentations, a panel discussion on interdisciplinary research, a research mixer, and Mason’s fourth annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. To learn more about the conference and to submit your proposal, visit the conference website. Contact GAPSA with questions.



Music on the Plaza at the Arlington Campus

Saturday, April 10, 5:30-7pm

Join University Life Arlington and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! Grab your blanket or camp chair and join us on the Plaza for a fun outdoor music event with local artist David Thong and friends. All Mason social distancing procedures will be followed - so don't forget your face covering! Space is limited so register today!



Coping with Burnout as a Grad Student

Monday, April 12, 1-1:50pm

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. As a grad student, burnout may leave you feeling overwhelmed, drained, and unable to meet your demands. Join Graduate Student Life and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in this workshop on coping with burnout as a grad student. Register here.



Graduate Student Life 14-Day Writing Challenge

April 14-27; Registration Deadline: Monday, April 12

Would you like to make headway on your end-of-semester papers and assignments? Are you trying to make progress on your thesis or dissertation or other writing project? If so, plan now to participate in Graduate Student Life’s Spring 2021 14-Day Writing Challenge! You would commit to writing 30 minutes each day. You will also be asked to check in daily to a Slack workspace designated for this challenge to provide ongoing support, accountability, and community. Graduate Student Life staff will also be available to provide connection to resources for well-being, writing, and productivity. This semester, the Challenge will be joined by the Writing Center, Learning Services and Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Registration is open from April 1 through Monday, April 12. Registered students will receive instructions for participation. Please contact [log in to unmask] if you have any questions. Register here.



Art of Mindfulness Paint Night

Thursday, April 22, 8-9pm

As Bob Ross says, “There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents!” Art is a natural way to practice mindfulness and a great way to meet fellow Patriots. This session will be led by a master artist. Kerry with UL SciTech and Nikita with Grad Life will show you how to sketch and paint your master piece for the night! So bring your inner artist and get creative. We’ll start with a drawing warm-up and then learn color mixing and painting basics. No experience required! This event is hosted by University Life Arlington, University Life SciTech, and Graduate Student Life. Register here.




Julie Choe Kim, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Student Life

George Mason University

Pronouns: she/her/hers


4400 University Drive, MSN 2A4

Student Union Building 1, Room 3326

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-4031 

Email: [log in to unmask]


Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @MasonGradLife

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