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2021-2022 Roommate Selection Has Started

Current Mason students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who submitted a housing application by February 2nd are currently able to create roommate groups in the housing portal. This is for students to select other students they wish to share a bedroom and/or suite/apartment with next year. Group sizes can be between 2 and 6 students. Students can use the housing portal to browse compatible roommates or search for specific roommates. Students can opt not to group and participate in selection as an individual, but they will not know who they are selecting to share a suite/apartment with next year.

The next step in the process after grouping (for students not in Learning Communities), will be selecting a room. Selection times will be sent to students closer to the start of room selection on March 15th. Each group will be able to select their housing based on their group’s preferences – building, room type, etc. Students in Learning Communities will be assigned housing within their Learning Community based on the room style preferences they ranked on their housing application and their roommate group.

Any current student who still wishes to apply for housing will be able to apply when the general application opens on April 15th. The transfer student housing application also opens on April 15th. Incoming freshmen will hear more about their process in May.

For additional information, please visit, call (703) 993-1000, or email

Sherri Greenaway
Assignments Coordinator
Housing and Residence Life

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Practicing Mindfulness During Meeting Free Week

During the past year, we have had to readjust our lives in a multitude of ways in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes altering the academic schedule and eliminating this year’s Spring Break.

Spring Break is typically a time when Mason faculty, staff, and students are able to rest and recharge before continuing to move towards the end of the semester. For some, this week includes vacationing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, or simply relaxing at home. However, due to pandemic protocols, a lot of these activities are no longer able to be performed as they once were.

Additionally, the Mason community is expected to continue classes and work as usual during what would normally be Spring Break. Because of this, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Senior Vice President, and Mason’s Faculty Senate leadership designated this week (March 8-12) as “Mason Meeting Free Week” – an attempt to help Mason faculty and staff focus on their well-being and help alleviate their workloads. Even though Mason Meeting Free Week mainly affects administrative meetings for faculty and staff, there are resources available for students to help them prioritize their mental-health and well-being:

Racial Healing Circles: Racial Healing Circles (RHCs) are designed for community building and racial awareness by focusing on health, well-being, agency, inclusion, and our common humanity. For more information, visit Circles are available for all Mason students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Online RHCs will be held on the following dates, and your student can register at
– March 29; 2-5 p.m.
– April 13; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
– April 19; 2-5 p.m.

Mental Health First Aid Training: This training provides information about the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses and strategy for connecting with those who demonstrate these indicators. The free training is 8 hours and will be split into two, 4-hour Zoom sessions. After successful competition, participants can earn a 3-year certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health. The sessions will be held on the following dates, and your student can register at
– March 25; 1-5 p.m.
– April 1; 1-5 p.m.

Mindful Mason Moments: These free, 30-minute online mindfulness sessions help Mason students, faculty, and staff take a mindful break in their day to contribute to positive well-being practices. These sessions take place at 12 p.m. every week day from now to May 14. Your student can join any of the sessions through this link:

For more information on well-being opportunities for your student, visit

Samaria Moss
Graduate Assistant
New Student and Family Programs

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Mason Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month has been a hallmark of the work of the Women and Gender Studies Center since 1990, and as we often say, our busiest time of the year.

We have celebrated in many different ways over the years through the inclusion of the Sojourner Truth Lecture, film screenings, panel discussions, guest speakers, and open mic nights. This year our theme is Healing from 2020: Why Gender Matters. This year, we will focus on how COVID-19 and our national conversations on anti-racist efforts affect gender through a Kahoot tournament, multiple panel discussions, open mic night, and a discussion and workshop about Gender, Class, and Fatphobia. Some of our collaborators this year are University Life at Sci-Tech, African and African American Studies, and the School of Integrative Studies. Our program adviser team is responsible for coordinating these events and we are proud of their work this year. A big shout out to Angelica Lovelace, Nautia Smalls, and Victoria Westermeyer!

Check out the Mason events for Women’s History Month 2021 below:

David Corwin
Associate Director
Women and Gender Studies 

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What does the Parent and Family Council do?

The Parent and Family Council was started in 2013 to help parents, family members, and supporters of current undergraduate students become informed and actively engaged members of the Mason community. They also advise New Student and Family Programs on important issues facing families at Mason. Council members serve as representatives of the Mason family experience and assist with enhancing the relationships between current, incoming, and prospective families and the institution.

In addition to being parents of Mason students, they are also volunteers and their goal is to represent and support all Mason families. The Council consists of 25 members of diverse backgrounds and geographical locations, who are well-versed in various topics pertaining to academics, student organizations, resources, and support services at Mason. In a typical year, they would participate in a panel during Orientation, plan and host a Summer Send-Off for incoming students and families, meet you on campus at Move-In, and interact with you during Family Weekend.

There is a Council member who serves on the Parents Fund Allocation Committee as well. The Parents Fund raises money that directly benefits the lives of current students and enhances their academic and co-curricular experience at Mason. Funds raised are used to support initiatives with the direct goal of increasing student success through the provision of direct support services. For a list of programs and initiatives supported by the Parents Fund in previous years, visit

Although their visibility looks different this year, the Council is available to help you navigate your Mason experience. The best way to engage with the Council right now is through our Family-to-Family Dialogue sessions. The purpose of these sessions is for you to connect with other Mason family members, ask questions, share experiences, and support each other as you support your students. There are two more sessions this semester – Tuesday, March 16 and Thursday, April 22 both at 6 p.m. ET. Register for one or both!

Meet the entire Council and see what each of them has expertise and experience with at

Rebecca McCrory
Associate Director of Family Programs
New Student and Family Programs