WGST Affiliate Faculty Recognized for Efforts in Civic Action and Engagement

by Sidney Davis, WGST Intern

Affiliate Faculty Member Dr. Lauren Cattaneo

The Department of Women and Gender Studies would like to extend our congratulations to Associate Faculty member Dr. Lauren Cattaneo for being a finalist for the Jack Wood Award for Fairfax Town Gown Relations.

During her tenure at Mason, Dr. Cattaneo has placed an emphasis on community engagement and psychology in ways to address social issues in marginalized populations in the greater Fairfax Community. Our department commends Dr. Cattaneo for developing the Community Engagement for Social Change course.

This course was designed to increase civic engagement and awareness has been increasingly successful since its conception in 2012. In these classes, students volunteer for 20 hours with local grassroots organizations such as FACETS, Cornerstones, among others to build upon campus-community relations.

In the same way, the Jack Wood Award, presented by the Office of Government and Community Relations, is awarded annually to Mason individuals, groups, and nonprofits who demonstrate leadership through scholarship and efforts to improve community-university relations in the past year.

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