About the Office of Graduate Student Life
Graduate Student Life is dedicated to supporting the success of Mason graduate students by:
- Providing community-building, professional development, and personal development programs
- Connecting graduate students to campus resources
- Identifying and advocating for graduate student needs
Graduate Student Life was created as a unit of the Division of University Life in 2011 with the creation of a graduate assistant position and the opening of the Graduate Student Center on the third floor of the Johnson Center. The Graduate Student Life website was created as a partnership between University Life and the Office of the Provost and was launched in Summer 2012; focus groups of faculty members, campus offices, and graduate students informed the content and organization of the website. The Director of Graduate Student Life position was created in 2012.
Graduate Student Life Staff
Julie Choe Kim, Director
Julie joined the Mason community as Director of Graduate Student Life in October 2012. She has worked in student affairs in higher education for 17 years in areas including graduate student life, student activities, multicultural affairs, and residence life. She is also a doctoral candidate in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Maryland; her research interests include Asian American students, student development, multiple identities, intersectionality, and graduate student success. She received her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.Outside work and school, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.
Julie’s office is in Student Union Building I, Suite 4211.
Austin A. Deray, Graduate Assistant
Austin joined the Mason community as the Graduate Assistant of Graduate Student Life in August of 2016. He has worked in higher education for four years involved with the Writing Center, as a Professor of Gender Studies, and an adviser for Feminist United and Graduate Student Coordinating Council. Attending George Mason University as a doctoral student in Cultural Studies, his research interests include the historical creation of heteronormative masculinity, historical and modern social instuitionalism of sex norms and ethics, and gender and sexuality in medieval Angelo-Norman, English, and French Literature. Austin received a Master’s of Arts in European History and a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from Armstrong State University, in Savannah, GA. When free of responsibilities, Austin is an avid reader, traveler, foodie, and open to discuss any argument uttered in earshot.
Austin’s workspace is located in Student Building I, Suite 4211, and his office number is 703-993-5582.
Office of Graduate Student Life
4400 University Drive, MS 2A4
Fairfax, VA 22030
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