By: Dr. Jeremy Mayer, Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government
(This opinion piece is solely representative of the opinions of the author. Should you have any questions or comments, please email Dr. Mayer.)
Graduate students in our hyper partisan polarized era may be worried about how civil discussions can take place in the classroom. This is particularly true at a place like Mason, which has a diverse faculty, many with strong political views and identities. In truth, it can be hard to have a civil discussion about reproductive access policy or some other controversial topic, without descending into a CNN style shouting match.
The keys are civility and respect.
By Hadeel Al-Tashi
Often, by the time students reach the graduate level they feel their days of campus and involvement and activism are behind them. This is understandable – priorities certainly do change once in graduate school with a focus shifting more toward professional pursuits, research, and degree completion. Yet, there are many opportunities for graduate students to continue to engage with the campus community. For those who were once active undergraduate campus leaders and for those who have never served in a formal leadership role, I am here to say Graduate Students, Let Your Voices Be Heard!
My name is Hadeel and I am a graduate policy student from …
By Lewis Forrest, II, Associate Dean for University Life
Spring is here and the semester is entering its busy season before exams and graduation. How are you holding up? Are you able to attend to your well-being and stay focused during this important time? Are you more resilient than you realize?
In my blog post last year, I challenged you to be mindful of your well-being during graduate school, given the complex lives and multiple responsibilities graduate students balance. This time, I’d like to focus specifically on resilience. Whether you have things under control or not, we all should find time to reflect on our resilience. At Mason, we define …
Austin A. Deray
It’s that time of the academic year, the one we both look forward to and dread – it’s conference season. In honor of conference season, this week’s blog should be on conferencing: why you should attend and what to do at a conference. So, let’s get started.
Why Graduate and Professional Students Should Attend Conferences
The answer may seem obvious to some, but conference attendance can yield these 3 beneficial outcomes.[i]
Networking: Conferences are a great place to network. People will get to meet you and you get to meet others. Regional, national, and international conferences are great places to meet diverse groups of people not only …