The Student Association (SA) is a student led organization created in an effort to build better relationships among students, staff, and faculty at S-CAR. The SA advocates on behalf of student concerns to the faculty on issues relevant to S-CAR and assists students in navigating the challenges of life at Mason and in the Washington, DC area.
Student Association Elections VOTE FEBRUARY 23-25TH
The following candidates have met the threshold for petition to be placed on the ballot for the INTERIM Executive Committee of the Student Association:
(withdrawn-2.19.14) Sarah McLewin
K. Van Schmidt
The list of duties for each position can be found at the following information paper
Be sure to visit the candidates at the Meet-and-Greet on 19 Feb!
THEN VOTE HERE! - getconnected.gmu.edu SUNDAY FEB. 23RD TILL TUESDAY FEB. 25TH!
Dilafruz Khonikboyeva - Interim President
I was born in the USSR, leaving Tajikistan in the midst of a civil war. A S-SCAR undergraduate alum, I am currently a second year Master's student and the Chief of Media Relations and Strategy at the United States Agency for International Development's Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI). My work is focused on natural and manmade disaster response and outreach. In my spare time, I service on the Aga Khan Foundation's (AKF) Education Board.
I have focused on three goals in my 5 years at S-CAR and would like to continue building upon them if I am elected Interim President.
First, I am involved in revitalizing the Alumni Association so S-CAR graduates, students, and professionals in the field can have greater access to one another and can engage in mentorship in fieldwork and securing funding. I would guide the Student Association to engage with the Alumni Assocation and invite alumni to provide feedback and guidance to the SA.
Second, I believe in building a stronger community amongst S-CAR students. Just as the Alumni Association is the vehicle for achieving this connectivity with my undergraduate classmates, I believe that the Student Association should lead the student body to integrate new students, develop support systems, and foster a larger dialogue about the role of S-CAR students in the international community. A branded image of S-CAR to the international community is crucial in ensuring our degrees are valued.
Third, I vehemently believe in transparency. The Student Association should be open to all students and led by elected officials. Accountability in terms of finances and approving funding is crucial so that the Student Association can provide students with opportunities to travel or pursue research trips. Through elected officials and a formal relationship with George Mason University and the S-CAR student body, the Student Association will have access to funding for student projects.
Alexandra Schaerrer - PhD Liaison
My name is Alexandra Schaerrer, and I am running as a candidate to the Interim Executive Committee of the Student Association of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (SCAR) in the position of PhD Liaison. As a first year PhD student I am acutely aware of the challanges faced by many PhD students joining SCAR, and believe that serving on the interim executive committee of the Student Association presents an ideal opportunity to develop a strong PhD liason position suited to addressing some of these challanges.
If elected, I hope to work on creating a strong and lasting position that can facilitate many of the areas currently lacking an ease of access and coherence for many PhD students, most notably in terms of advisory options, dissertation processes, publishing opportunities and grant/funding availabilities. I hope to work closely with the faculty of SCAR and the Student Association in order to make many of these processes more accessible and coherent to students, especially as many PhD students commute to SCAR and do not have the on-campus time to navigate these processes in an easy and user friendly manner. Having compleated my MS at SCAR, as well as living close to campus, I believe that I am ideally suited in terms of time, access and faculty-relationships to serve in this position in order to help PhD students at all levels address their individual concerns and get the most out of their time at SCAR.
For any students who have questions and wish to contact me directly, please feel free to do so at any time: email@example.com.
Thank you for your time and consideration, Alexandra
Van Schmidt - MS Liaison
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area (centering around Berkeley) that never seemed to spend long at home, I completed S-CAR’s Certificate program (Prevention, Reconstruction and Stabilization) in 2012 and enjoyed it so much I applied for and was accepted into the MS program later that year. I have worked in the Crisis Management and Humanitarian/Health Assistance field for the U.S. Government, most recently in Eastern/Central Africa. I also have an academic and work background in Organizational Management. Though I am taking a break from work to be a full-time student, I anticipate soon returning to U.S. Government service for the Department of Treasury.
Since this term as the MS Representative/VP will only be for the duration of the Spring 2014 semester, I see it as my goal to start the process of addressing our seemingly never ending concern of an MS program that is theory-centric versus that of one that is practitioner oriented. Secondly, my goal would be to build a strong base of fellow students that can carry this debate on to the following semesters if needed.
David Younes - Treasurer
For those of you who have not met me, my name is David Younes and I would like to be your Treasurer. I am a native of Alexandria, Virginia and enrolled in my final semester in the M.S. program here at S-CAR. Currently, I live in Washington, D.C. with my wife, Jordan and our Australian Mist cat, Luna. My hobbies include playing computer games, supporting local sporting teams, resolving conflicts, and doodling.
My experience prior to this campaign has given me a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a successful career managing grants as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine (’09 -’11) and my current work with financial and performance auditing at the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Inspector General. These skills make me a nightmare for financial and budgeting irregularities.
If given the opportunity, I will use my skills and experience to continue the good work of previous S-CAR Student Association administrations by emphasizing: fiscal responsibility, effective oversight, and complete transparency.
More Working Groups can be found on the S-CAR Community Network and Forum. These links go to group pages on the S-CAR Community Network and Forum. You must be a member of the network, and in some cases, the group itself to access them. Join today!
Interested in starting a new working group?
If a small group of students would like to start a working group at S-CAR, they should first approach a faculty member who is willing to serve as their "advisor". Once the group is formed, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about the new working group (name, breif description, contact information). Be sure to start the group on the S-CAR Community Network and Forum. This is also where you can post event and meeting announcements. Email email@example.com if you have any events or meetings you would like to publicize to the S-CAR Community.
Africa Working Goup is an affiliation of people who have an interest in peacebuilding and conflict resolution issues in Africa. The Africa Working Group (AWG) at The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) is an association of academic practitioners, activists, and students interested in fostering an in-depth understanding of contemporary African issues. Any interested persons may join the Africa Working Group. The working group was founded in the early 1990s by S-CAR students and faculty. To this end, the AWG has utilized advocacy, activism, research and seminars to engage the Washington metropolitan community and others in African affairs. AWG has hosted some notable events which include the African Peacemakers Encounter, conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide; a Darfur symposium; and a book reading with Rwandan author Louise Mushikiwabo. In 2006 and 2007, AWG hosted a Career Fair in Peacebuilding, Symposium on Comprehensive Peacekeeping in Africa as well as several brown bags on contemporary issues confronting Africa.
Join WG-ID, for an opportunity to learn about the phenomenon of internal displacement. Learn of the challenges of investigating such communities, meet with scholars and practitioners from around the DC area. Brainstorm on aspects of policymaking needed to address this crisis in the framework of S-CAR practices.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, forming S-CAR Think-Tank to Reduce Gun Violence comprised of innovative S-CAR graduate students and faculty member by alumna and Virginia Tech survivor Elilta Habtu. Elilta has worked with the Vice President’s Taskforce to Reduce Gun Violence working on gun safety, mental health, and school safety issues.
The world faces a myriad of complex and interconnected conflicts that are not bound by borders or solved effectively by any one nation. These conflicts are driven by what is termed "The Global Problematique", the set of global systemic issues that include governance, environmental degradation, socioeconomic development, and demographics, among others. These dynamics require innovative and sustainable solutions to address the multidimensional causes that are inherent in every conflict. The Global Problematique Working Group is committed holistically to identify, analyze, and propose practical approaches to peacebuilding the world over.
Come join the Global Problematique Working Group for an opportunity to meet, listen, network, and discuss with some of the DC areas brightest thinkers and practitioners on global problems and see where the future of tackling these problems is headed. The event will be a catered event with a panel discussion and Q&A during the first half and food being served with round table workshops during the second half.
The S-CAR Gender Working Group is dedicated to fostering discourse and encouraging research on a wide spectrum of gender and conflict related issues. The group is comprised of students, faculty and staff, as well as academics and professionals outside of S-CAR interested in issues of gender and conflict.
The University also provides many opportunities to become involved in student organizations. Here are some helpful links that may be of interest:
Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) http://si.gmu.edu/student-governance/gapsa/
Office of Student Involvement
Student resources page (with organizations)
Dialogue and Difference is a new initiative at Mason aimed at building a stronger campus community through sustained dialogues around difficult and controversial issues.
The program is coordinated through The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and University Life, and offers a variety of dialogue related events, training and coursework each semester. To see the calender of upcoming events and training oppportunities, check out the website below.
Participation in the program is open to all members of the Mason community (students, faculty and staff).
Contact: Prof. Patricia Maulden at 703-993-9804 or at firstname.lastname@example.org