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iWeek Turns 40!

Welcome to the 40th International Week at Mason! Over the past four decades, International Week has evolved substantially to become what it is today – representing international students from more than 130 countries and celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of our Mason community.

In this unprecedented year, while the whole world battles against COVID-19 and countless other crises, it is even more important that we continue our long tradition of iWeek at Mason. Getting to know one another fosters mutual cross-cultural understanding and establishes relationships while learning about global issues. It is a year that demands collaboration and unity, desires humanity and care, and longs for the light at the end of the tunnel. Celebrating our differences is one way to raise our spirits.

We have prepared a wide range of educational programs and fun events, including:

  • Mason’s internationalization discussion
  • Study abroad seminars
  • Global health panels
  • Food truck festivals
  • International dance competitions and sporting events
  • Many other exciting events.

We invite you to tune in for our annual International Dance Competition on Friday, April 9 at 8 p.m. ET. This year, we will present the dance competition in a virtual format, so you can watch it from the comfort of your home. Please visit for specific details about the dance competition.

Although the majority of our events are virtual, we encourage your Mason family to attend as many as possible. Utilizing these opportunities will help our students get out of their comfort zone, develop their global interests, build intercultural competency, and possibly bring about change we want to see on a global level.

Please Zoom in, lean forward, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and enjoy! For a full calendar of events, visit 2021 iWeek Calendar. Happy International Week!

On behalf of the iWeek Committee,

Jonathan Carmona
Global Programs Coordinator
International Programs and Services

Kenneth Jones
INTO Mason

Ayleen Leonhardt
Student Involvement

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Will You Give on Giving Day?

Thursday, April 8 is Mason’s fourth annual Giving Day. Giving Day is a 24-hour period where all Mason supporters – alumni, friends, volunteers, faculty, staff, and students – are encouraged to come together to make a difference by supporting one of Mason’s many causes.

This year, University Life is partnering with the College of Health and Human Services, the Schar School of Policy and Government, and the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution to raise money for students who are experiencing financial distress and need emergency funding to ensure their basic needs are being met.

Our goal on Giving Day is to have 471 individuals make a gift to one of our student emergency assistance funds in honor of the 471 students who reported financial distress last year.

You can show your support early by making your gift now, or on April 8.

Gifts from parents and families demonstrate involvement, passion and confidence in Mason, and strengthen our university community in ways that would not be possible without philanthropy. I hope you will join us on April 8 and #GivetoMason!

For a list of featured Giving Day funds, please visit:

Let’s show the world that together, we are Mason!

Kaitlin Cicchetti, Ph.D.
Director of Advancement
University Life

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Introducing the Mason Family Connection

New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) is excited to introduce the Mason Family Connection – the official platform for university communication and family engagement. This platform provides a space for you to find your community within the larger family community and become actively involved at Mason.

Everything you need to make the most of your Mason family experience is now located in one centralized location within the Mason Family Connection. You can post comments on articles, interact with other Mason family members in your selected communities, and view upcoming events, important dates, and deadlines.

The Mason Family Connection allows you to customize the content you receive to include relevant information for your Mason family. You can also set the frequency of how often you wish to receive updates. If you want to make account changes, you can do so at any time.

You should have received a welcome email on Monday afternoon, but if you did not, visit and create an account using your email address. Once you create your account, select the communities you want to be a part of and customize the information you wish to receive. Watch this instructional video to see how to platform works:

Set up your account and start exploring the Mason Family Connection today! We invite you to join the Mason Family Connection Q&A on Wednesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. via Zoom to ask questions and provide feedback on the platform.

We understand that there are a lot of communication changes happening within New Student and Family Programs, and we want to ensure we are supporting you through this transition. If you need assistance, please contact us at or visit our website at

Daylen Orlick
Assistant Director for Family Programs
New Student and Family Programs

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Summer Job and Internship Opportunities Available

Is your student seeking a summer internship or carer development opportunity and not sure where to start? One of the best places for them to begin is by logging into their Handshake account at

What is Handshake? Handshake is a career management system available to all Mason students. Students can connect with other students and recent alumni, explore career paths, look for internships or jobs (on or off campus), find events to attend, and schedule an appointment with University Career Services!

Additionally, students can speak with advisors, professors and other students to find out about opportunities. Many University Life offices and academic departments have listservs, where they often email students about internship, research and leadership openings.

Students can always find out what is happening by checking out University Career Services’ events page at

University Career Services is hosting several upcoming events as well. These are great places to connect with employers and find out about openings. Depending on your student’s interests, you may direct them toward any of the following:

Students are encouraged to explore for more resources related to this topic.

Carolyn Kleiman
Senior Career Counselor
University Career Services

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