Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

 April 1 – 6, 2019

Join the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2019, April 1-6! During this week, we honor the contributions of Mason’s 10,000+ graduate and professional students.

This year we have a full week of events planned and hope you are as excited as we are. We are partnering with LGBTQ Resources Center, University Career Services, the Office of Graduate Education, the Women and Gender Studies Center, Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics (CDE), Mason Libraries, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME)  for our programming and events. We will be giving away limited quantities of the popular Mason Grad Student t-shirt and other goodies all week long!

View the Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2019 flier. 

Monday, April 1

Building Community Luncheon

12:00-2:00pm in Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (Room 2001) 
Graduate students of diverse backgrounds (including graduate students of color, graduate students who identify as LGBTQ+, and first-generation graduate students) are invited to a lunch to build community and share feedback about their experience on campus with resources committed to your success. This event will serve as a listening session in which facilitators will engage with students and discuss ways to improve and strengthen the graduate community at Mason. Hosted by Graduate Student Life, the Office of Graduate Education, Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics, and Mason Libraries.


Tuesday, April 2

Navigating the Academy as a Woman of Color: Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott

2:30-3:30pm in George’s (Johnson Center Third Floor)
We invite you all to join us for the roundtable discussion: Navigating the Academy as a Woman of Color featuring guest speaker Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Associate Professor in the School of Integrative Studies. This event is a collaboration between Women and Gender Studies and Graduate Student Life highlighting Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. Dr. Manuel-Scott will talk about women of color in academia, challenges and successes throughout her career, and invite others to think critically about the experiences of women of color within higher education. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided!

Wednesday, April 3

Graduate Assistant Appreciation Breakfast 

9:30-11:00am in Student Union Building I, Third Floor East Lounge (above Patriots Lounge, outside Career Services)
To show our appreciation for our graduate assistants – Graduate Professional Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and Graduate Teaching Assistants – Graduate Student Life invites you to attend a breakfast to thank you for your contributions.


Thursday, April 4

University Life Arlington Ice Cream Social

5:30-7:30pm at Founders Hall Plaza
Join University Life Arlington at Founders Hall Plaza, 5:30-7:30pm, for an Ice Cream Social for all Arlington graduate and professional students, featuring VIP ice cream scoopers!





University Life SciTech Graduate Appreciation Social

5:30-7:30pm at Mum Mum Restaurant  
University Life at the Science and Technology Campus will be hosting a Graduate Appreciation Social at Mum Mum 5:30-7:30pm in collaboration with Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! We encourage all graduate and professional students to join us as we show our appreciation for all of their hard work.


Saturday, April 6

Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference

8:00am-6:00pm at Founders Hall
GAPSA invites graduate students to participate in the 2019 Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Founders Hall at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus. This one-day event will showcase graduate student research, scholarly, and creative works across disciplines through posters, presentations, and Mason’s third annual 3MT® competition. Visit the Conference website for more information.