April 2021 Uncategorized

Title IX: Reporting

George Mason University Policy 1202: Sexual Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

Reporting Process
Anyone can submit a report to the Title IX Coordinator.

Prohibited Conduct can include:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Dating/Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Complicity
  • Retaliation

Complete Reporting Form
The Reporting Form will prompt you with questions in order to provide necessary information to the Title IX Coordinator.

Report Reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator

The report is reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator in order to:

  • Determine if incident involves possible sexual and interpersonal misconduct
  • Assess level of threat to involved parties and/or community, and evaluate immediate safety needs
  • Collaborate with other offices on a need-to-know basis to initiate safety measures

Outreach from Title IX 

The Title IX Coordinator will email the individual named as the Complainant in the report to provide information including:

  • The formal and informal Title IX processes and possible safety measures
  • An invitation to meet with the Title IX Coordinator to discuss rights and options
  • Resources on/off campus

Meeting with the Title IX Coordinator
If the individual decides to meet with the Title IX Coordinator

  • Formal or Informal Title IX process
  • Right to contact law enforcement
  • Supportive measures
  • Resources on/off campus

Supportive Measures 
Individuals can work with the Title IX Coordinator to determine appropriate supportive measures.

Supportive measures may include:

  • No Contact Order
  • Housing changes
  • Academic support
  • Work schedule changes
  • Safety planning
  • Referrals to resources

GMU’s Title IX Coordinator
Angela Nastase, JD

Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics
373 Aquia Building
Fairfax Campus
Title IX Website

For more information: GMU Policy 1202

April 2021 Uncategorized

Congrats to Three Outstanding Supervisors


Congratulations to Kimberly Eby, Office of the Provost; Greg Farley, University Sustainability; and Janna Mattson, University Libraries for being selected as the 2021 Outstanding Supervisors.

In past years, the Staff Senate has honored two winners in the Outstanding Supervisor category. Due to the difficult year combined with many exceptional candidates, the senate expanded the award to include a third winner this year. Kimberly, Greg, and Janna were selected from a pool of more than 30 nominations of diverse candidates from varying departments and campuses. A seven-person committee of Staff Senators evaluated the nomination forms submitted by classified staff and non-student wage employees.

These three candidates stood out among their peers and were recognized for their outstanding contributions to their departments and in the following areas:

  • Acknowledging exemplary performance
  • Supporting innovation and soliciting input from employees
  • Being fair and flexible
  • Encouraging and providing opportunities for professional growth
  • Promoting an environment of diversity and inclusion, well-being, civility and respect, and/or restraint

Members of the Staff Senate surprised each of the winners by Zoom/Teams-bombing a regularly scheduled department meeting to share the good news with the winners.

Kimberly Eby, Office of the Provost, with her team of nominators and colleagues and members of the Staff Senate

According to Kimberly’s nominators:

Kimberly has shown incredible leadership and great care for those she works with all across the university, and especially to those she supervises. She has been an exemplary example of what it means to have a well-rounded work-life balance, and has ensured that her staff also have this privilege. She has also provided a “seat at the table” for her staff, which we all know is a great mark of a great leader. Regardless of what the role is, Kimberly makes it a point to show appreciation to any and all staff and colleagues where it is deserved, and diversity and inclusion is evident in every aspect of her work. It’s not enough to just put a diverse team together – everyone must feel able to both contribute to and gain from the experience of collaboration. Kim has worked with countless faculty and staff in her 25+ years at Mason, and she is a shining example of someone who uplifts individuals and the institution as a whole. She is a great mentor and supporter to those around her, and the way she encourages meaningful collaboration across campus is unparalleled.


According to Greg’s  nominators:

A true leader understands the strengths of the pieces within the whole. Greg clearly has this as a foundational piece for how he leads his department. Greg’s involvement of non-student wage and student interns reflects your awareness that all perspectives are important at the table. Throughout the last year, Greg has demonstrated that he truly cares about the well-being of his staff, understanding the potential effects it has caused and has worked to ease their concerns and anxiety. Greg’s willingness to not shy away from tough conversations and be part of the solution has provided his staff with a safe place to explore their own thoughts and how the department as a whole can be better. Greg is the perfect blend of supervisor, cheerleader and mentor, as well as a champion for a collaborative and engaging work environment.


According to Janna’s nominators:

Janna works tirelessly to make sure that the staff she supervises continue to grow and develop professionally by connecting her employees to opportunities across the university and helping them reach their professional goals. Janna always makes me feel like I should never stop shooting for better and pursuing my interests. I have had so many instances with her in which I casually mention something that I think is neat and I would like to know more about, and next thing I know she’s found a way that I can learn more about this and connect it to my job. Janna cultivates an environment of open communication and pushes her employees while letting them know that their performances are valued. For projects or things I create for the team, she usually provides critical feedback in a positive manner
showing that she took the time to look closely at my work. Janna promotes an environment of diversity and inclusion by making accessibility and universal design key priorities to reach all learning styles. She encourages her employees to meet with her and think of time they could take off to not be burned out. Beyond the numerous awards she has nominated her staff for, she recognizes and highlights their performance publicly and in multiple settings. She is proud of her employees, and she wants their work to be valued and known.

Kimberly, Greg, and Janna were recognized at the Outstanding Achievement Awards, which were live-streamed on GMU-TV on Tuesday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. View the complete list of award winners.

Congratulations to those Outstanding Supervisor Nominees who were nominated but not selected this year! It is a high honor to be nominated for this award. The Staff Senate is very encouraged by the number of supervisors who promote collegiality in their departments, reward and acknowledge exemplary behavior, and promote well-being in the workplace. Supervisors like these make Mason such a great place to work!

Outstanding Supervisor Nominees included:
Dr. Milton Brown, Department of Biochemistry
Beth Cantrell,  GMU Foundation, Inc
Amanda Caswell, College of Education and Human Development
Elena Chiru, University Career Services
Sharon Cullen, Office of the President
Tommy Dang, Information Technology Services
Tom Deike, Information Technology Services
Emilie Dubert, Contemporary Student Services
Barbara Gomperts, English
Daniel Hobson, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Lauren Hutt, Housing and Residence Life
Alex Iszard, Facilities
Zachary Kessler, Police and Public Safety
Dr. James Kinter, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies
Jamie Klepek, Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management
Cathy Kotila, School of Business
Dorothy Kroll, Student Financial Aid
Naomi Martinez-Jones, Disability Services
Andrea Nikoi, School of Systems Biology
Pamela Novick, Continuing and Professional Education
Rob Pegues, Admissions
Melanie Pflugshaupt, School of Business
Kristin Tyburczy, Criminology, Law and Society                                Steve Vollmer, Facilities Management
Ronnie Williams, Facilities Management
Kerry Willigan, School of Business
Susan Woods, History and Art History

March 2021 Uncategorized

Meet Natalie Davis: Staff Senator and Research Initiatives Specialist, Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact (ORIEI)

Natalie Davis, her son Leo, and husband Stephen.

Roles: Primarily, I support the Vice President for Research, though I also provide support to our various offices and departments throughout. Overall, I help keep our day-to-day operations and initiatives running smoothly; as with most of us, this encompasses a number of duties and responsibilities. I love what I do, and I am consistently grateful to work with so many fabulous people! I enjoy seeing what the faculty and staff accomplish in research, and I’m glad to be part of this office and the larger Mason community.

Mason journey: I received my bachelor’s degree from Mason in Integrative Studies and held an internship my senior year with the Office of Admissions. This led me to realize how much I loved working in higher education. My first professional role at Mason was at INTO Mason, which was such an incredible experience. I have held two positions since then – one as Executive Assistant to the Provost, and now my current role, both of which have been tremendously rewarding. Overall, my time at Mason amounts to roughly 8.5 years, and I’m looking forward to many more!

COVID-19 transition: When COVID-19 first hit, I was serving in my previous role. I was assisting the Provost and our immediate team in any way possible, which especially included scheduling many meetings to prepare for what was to come and shifting and adjusting a lot of what we had on the calendar. It also included a lot of organizing and coordinating with my colleagues to ensure we had what we needed to transition to telework and responding to constituent concerns. At this same time, we were also preparing for the transition between our former provost and our current provost. It was a busy time, but manageable with so many excellent colleagues!

Staff support for research: I want to especially highlight all the wonderful staff and faculty who are part of research at Mason. Mason is one of the youngest universities (if not the youngest) selected by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as one of the top research universities in the country. While many of us working at Mason hear this often, it is a genuinely amazing achievement. Mason reported just over $220M in research for fiscal year 2020, a record high for the university. I want to give a shout-out to our staff throughout ORIEI, the units, and the university overall who do so much to support research at Mason. While we absolutely cannot perform research without our faculty, many staff also greatly contribute to making our research possible and supporting these endeavors. Especially in the era of COVID, there was so much our staff did to help support our faculty and ongoing research, and many processes that had to adapt quite quickly to keep things running smoothly. I’m really proud to work with such amazing people!

Best thing about working at Mason: There are so many possible answers to this question! I suppose if I had to choose one thing only, it would be the people (as so many before me have agreed!). Mason is what it is because of the wonderful staff, faculty, and students. I loved my time as a student, and I have greatly enjoyed every role I have served in professionally, and it’s all credit to the amazing people who are part of the Mason community and the environment we have all helped shape. I especially love that I have learned so much from those around me, and the diversity that Mason has.

Why I serve on Staff Senate: Should I say again that I just really love Mason? But because of that, while there are so many positives to working here and my experiences have overall been really great, I know that there are also things we can improve! I’ve always been passionate about making a difference where I can, and I believe serving on Staff Senate is a great place to do just that. I especially love finding ways to appreciate and recognize our staff, and to help advocate for an even better Mason. It’s really just an honor to be part of making a positive impact for our community!

Role model: A fun fact is that one of the people I most admire in all of history is William Wilberforce. The work he did for social justice (which tremendously includes ending the slave trade in England, but also many other things) astounds me. There is so much that we can contribute to our own communities and those around us if we only try. Wilberforce may have spearheaded many movements and initiatives, but he had many standing alongside him. In whatever role it may be, we all have a chance to contribute to creating a better world.

At the end of the day: I am a full-time working mother (to my spunky 2-year-old son), a wife, and a Christian. I’m incredibly passionate about peacebuilding, and I hope to bring some of these principles into the work I do at Mason and on Staff Senate. I look forward to serving our staff and helping make Mason even better than it already is. I am grateful for the education, flexibility, kind colleagues, learning opportunities, and career path that Mason has provided me and I look forward to “giving back” through my work here.


March 2021 Uncategorized

Sessions from the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being

Rx Racial Healing Circle Online Events

Mason students, faculty, staff, and alumni can join an upcoming Rx Racial Healing Circle (RHC) to build racial awareness, well-being, and community together through sharing stories.

Online RHCs will be held on:

· Monday, March 29, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

· Tuesday, April 13, 9 a.m. – noon

· Monday, April 19, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Register here for any of those upcoming dates here.


Mindful Mason Moments Online Mindfulness Sessions

Mindful Mason Moments online mindfulness sessions give you an opportunity to take midday breaks in ways that can deepen your mindful awareness and overall well-being. Mindful Mason Moments sessions are held via Zoom every weekday at noon. Sessions run for 30 minutes Monday-Thursday and 20 minutes on Friday. Join sessions here.



Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training provides information about the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses and a strategy for connecting with those demonstrating such indicators. Participants who complete this 8-hour training earn a 3-year certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

The next opportunity to participate in MHFA training will be March 25 and April 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The free training will be offered online via Zoom and split into two 4-hour sessions. You must attend both days (March 25 and April 1) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Successful completion of the 8-hour training will result in a 3-year MHFA certification. Learn more and register here. Direct questions to Katie Clare at

Featured on Homepage March 2021 Uncategorized

March General Meeting Recording


Michelle Griffith, assistant director of the Patriot Learning Pod (PLP), joined the Staff Senate to share more details about enrollment and special programs in the PLP.

Rose Pascarell, vice president of University Life, shared updates on student life and discussed ways that staff can help Mason students achieve their academic and personal goals during the unique challenges of the pandemic.

If you missed the sessions, you can listen to the recording.

February 2021 Uncategorized

New Year – New Fiscal Training

Fiscal Services revamped its training structure and replaced the “Fiscal Orientations” with “Fiscal Administration Sessions” which includes updated information and reorganized content, to better fit the changing culture of Mason. Please review the training website for descriptions. 

Upon completion of the Fiscal Administration Program employees will have a basic understanding of Fiscal policies, procedures, and financial systems. This program is the first step in becoming a Fiscal Administration professional at Mason. We encourage employees to build upon this program by engaging with our Fiscal Support and Connections Network, reviewing the Month is Closed memo, and attending supplemental trainings, Lunch n Learns, and drop-in hours. 


January 2021 Uncategorized

January Edition of the Staff Senate Newsletter

The January edition of the Staff Senate newsletter is now available. Check it out!


November General Meeting Recording: Mental Health and Resilience

A special thanks to Katie Clare, associate director for resilience programs, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, for a conversation on mental health and resilience at the Staff Senate meeting on Nov. 4.

If you missed the session, you can check out the recording and review the slides.


October Edition of the Staff Senate Newsletter

The October edition of the Staff Senate newsletter is now available. Check it out!


August 2020 Uncategorized

July in Review

In addition, each month, the Mason Staff Senate:

  • Presents the Employee of the Month with a gift
  • Attends Human Resources and Payroll’s New Staff Orientations to welcome new employees and introduce them to the work of the Staff Senate
  • Recognizes the service of Mason retirees with a letter of appreciation
  • The Communications Committee meets monthly to coordinate and publish a monthly newsletter distributed to classified staff and non-student wage employees