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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, Ph.D., 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 more than 20 years in areas including graduate student life, student activities, multicultural affairs, and residence life.  Her research interests include Asian American students, student development, multiple identities, intersectionality, and graduate student success. Julie received her Ph.D. in Student Affairs from the University of Maryland at College Park; she received her master’s degree in Counselor Education and bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. Outside work, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

Julie’s office is located at Student Union Building I (SUB 1), Room 3326.

Austin A. Deray, Graduate Assistant, Leadership and Advising

Austin joined the Mason community as the Graduate Assistant of Graduate Student Life in August 160902618-2of 2016. He has worked in higher education for over ten years: working as a GA and Assistant Director of a Writing Center, as a Professor of Gender Studies, and as an adviser to multiple graduate and undergraduate student organizations. 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 institutionalism of sex norms and ethics, and gender and sexuality in medieval Anglo-Norman, English, and French Literature. His current fields of research are titled “From Men’s Studies to Masculine Theory” and “Film and Media Studies,” both focusing masculine identity formation and historical evolution. Austin currently works as the one of advisers to Mason’s Graduate and Professional Association (GAPSA) and works with other graduate student organizations at Mason. When free of responsibilities, he is an avid reader, traveler, foodie, and open to discuss any argument uttered in earshot.

Austin’s office is located at Student Union Building I (SUB 1), Room 3324. His number is 703-993-5582.

Sydney Glass, Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student Engagement

Sydney is the newest member of Graduate Student Life where she is working as Graduate Assistant for Graduate Student Engagement focusing on communication and program planning starting August 2018. She is a recent graduate of Averett University with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Biomedical Sciences. While attending Averett, she worked as a tutor and writing consultant for the Student Success Center and as a Global Ambassador for the Study Abroad Office, promoting and advising her peers on international education. As a student at Mason, Sydney is pursuing her Master of Public Health (MPH) with a Global Health concentration with interests in immigrant and refugee studies in relation to NGOs.

Sydney’s office is located at Student Union Building I (SUB 1), Room 3324. Her number is 703-993-5582.

Contact Us

By Mail:
Office of Graduate Student Life
4400 University Drive, MS 2A4
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-4031
Fax: 703-993-9528
Email: gradlife@gmu.edu

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