Events Calendar

Research to Action: Enhancing Equality, Equity, and Access to Basic Goods and Services @ Virtual
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth and Business for a Better World Center are co-hosting this webinar on Equality, Equity, and Access to Basic Goods and Services as part of ISE’s Research to Action webinar series. The series is designed to explore the intersecting dimensions of the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), discuss the interactions between research and practice, and inspire novel collaborations to identify solutions.

This panel discussion will focus on how researchers and practitioners are working together to address local and global disparities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to threaten the security of hundreds of millions. The speakers will highlight ongoing efforts aimed at reducing inequality (SDG 5 and SDG 10), enhancing equality, and ensuring access to basic goods and services (SDG 1, SDG 2, and SDG 6) for everyone.

Jack Goldstone, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions and Policy (SCIP), Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University.

Donee Alexander, Senior Director of Evidence and Impact, Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA).

Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute (WRI).

Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University.

JP Singh, Professor of International Commerce and Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University.
University Master Plan Engagement Session @ Virtual
Mar 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Mason will be hosting its fifth virtual Master Plan Engagement Session. During this session, consultants will continue discussions of the scenarios that are emerging for the development of Mason’s three campuses, with a particular focus on how those scenarios are evolving in response to the feedback received. As always, the session will serve as an opportunity for the Mason community to have an active discussion, to exchange thoughts, and answer any questions.

Beyond Bean Counting: Measuring Peace for SDG 16 @ Virtual
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Carter School Peace Engineering Lab will host a conversation about innovative approaches to measuring peace that move beyond simple quantitative measurements and achieve a richer understanding of the context of peace.
Peace Engineering Fellow Keil Eggers will share how SenseMaker, a complexity-informed approach to participatory narrative inquiry, can provide real-time maps of conflict systems and develop a ‘vector theory of change.’ Aniek van Kersen of Peace Innovation Institute the Hague will discuss efforts to establish a quantitative “Peace Data Standard” to monitor contributions to positive peace and ultimately spur more investment in ESG (good Environmental, Social, and Governance) compliant companies.
Advancing the SDGs through Graduate Research @ Virtual
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A group of PhD students affiliated with the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution Reconciling Societal Divisions and Memories Lab at George Mason University will discuss how they are contributing to the SDGs through their dissertation research. 6 students will give brief presentations, followed by Q&A. Although the students may address multiple SDGs, the primary focus will be on SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

The 2021 Mastrofski Lecture @ Virtual
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts the 2021 Mastrofski Lecture featuring Dr. Rod K. Brunson for his talk: “Examining Racial Injustice in an Era of Over- and Under-Policing.” Dr. Brunson is the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., Professor of Public Life in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (and the Department of Political Science) at Northeastern University.

Race and Social Justice Colloquia @ Virtual
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Schar School of Policy and Government is hosting a Race and Social Justice Colloquia every Thursday until June 3, 2021. This week will feature Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield, Professor of Sociology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Wingfield’s research examines how and why racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations.

Spring 2021 Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group: Cultural Appropriation @ Virtual
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Inspired by mass actions and worldwide protests demanding racial justice, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Arts in Context is continuing the Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group this Spring, moderated by Mason faculty members Jessica Kallista and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, with help from co-organizers, Aishah-Nyeta Brown, Natalie Ledesma, Jordan McRae, and Sang Nam. The talks will take place Fridays, 1pm – 2:30pm, February 19 – April 9, 1-2:30 pm.

2021 Fairfax County Housing Symposium @ Virtual
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Mason’s School of Business are hosting the 2021 Fairfax Counry Housing Symposium. This annual event brings together industry professionals, policy experts, housing advocates and neighbors to highlight successes, learn what neighboring jurisdictions are doing, and develop new creative solutions for meeting the increasing need for housing that is affordable to residents at all levels of the income spectrum.

Uncovering corruption: The role of investigative journalism in combatting environmental crime and prompting accountability @ Virtual
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Join the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) and Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) for a virtual panel discussion on how investigative journalists approach investigations in environmental sectors to uncover corruption, and how natural resource management (NRM) practitioners and journalists can cooperate, inform and learn from each other, particularly in settings where corruption makes it less desirable to report to government. Experts will share their stores, experience, and best practices for being effective in spite of corrupt environments.
2021 Ashoka U Exchange @ Virtual
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – Mar 19 @ 5:00 pm

Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. Building on Ashoka’s vision for a world where Everyone is a Changemaker, Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students.

The 2021 Exchange takes place from March 16 – 19, 2021 and will be completely virtual.