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Mission and VisionChanging The World - One Small Act of Kindness At a Time

Vision 

As Mason Patriots, we change the world one small act of kindness at a time.

Mission 

Create and sustain an infectious kindness revolution at Mason.

Mason’s Definition of Kindness 

Intentionally engage in positive action that is friendly, caring, and compassionate towards self and others.

Mason Well-Being Initiative 

At Mason, we believe that we thrive together with shared success as one of our core values. Our goal is to evolve as a model well-being university, providing a place for all members of our Mason community in an environment where everyone thrives while contributing to others’ well-being.

Pillars

These pillars are the core values, commitments, and guideposts for all MCK activities. They bring authenticity to our collective work and as such, we aspire to embed them in the life of our university communities. We imagine a university where every member of our community lives into these pillars of kindness.

Education and Awareness
Fostering a culture of kindness at Mason through acts of genuine kindness, sharing our stories, and supporting one another, while educating the campus community around the importance of kindness.

 

 

Positive Connections
Creating and discovering opportunities to support meaningful, interactive, and engaging connections.

 

 

Creativity
Utilizing our strengths and talents to support a campus culture of kindness, incorporating our unbridled energy, enthusiasm, and creativity.

 

 

Courageous Advocacy
Being a champion for others through uncompromising acts that empower self and others.

 

 

Compassion
Operating from a place of mindfulness, kindness, common humanity, and grace through understanding, acceptance, and forgiveness.

 

 

Well-Being
Supporting the holistic development of individuals and groups in their social, spiritual, emotional, purpose, physical, and community well-being through evidence-based research and practices.

 

Working Groups

If you are interested in getting involved with the Mason Chooses Kindness Initiative, we would love to have you! We have several different committees and ways to get involved and engaged. For more information, please contact MCK Co-Chairs: Dr. Nance Lucas, Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at MCK@gmu.edu. or Lewis Forrest, Associate Dean, University Life at MCK@gmu.edu.

MCK 2021-22 WORKING GROUPS

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Act as a sounding board for MCK marketing and communication strategies and tools.
  • Assist in the development and execution innovative ideas, while providing feedback on marketing activities as requested.
  • Maintain updated website and use MCK social media platforms to dissemination information about events and resources.

PROGRAM & EVENT PLANNING 

  • Serve as the primary organizing group for MCK program identification and development.
  • Assist with assessing existing programs.
  • Organize planning groups for MCK signature events, including identified Kindness Days, SI2GO trucks, chalking events, and other programs.
  • Plan and launch annual Mason kindness perception survey.

ONBOARDING KINDNESS AT MASON  

  • Serve as the primary organizing group which will identify and capitalize on opportunities for MCK to be involved in (make presentations, visual representation, etc.) for Mason faculty, staff, and student orientations.
  • Create generic MCK power point deck for use of all steering committee members and update the deck as needed

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Serve as the primary MCK organizing group to develop and partner to spread kindness recognition efforts across our campus. These recognitions can be existing MCK efforts and/or those formed by newly developed partnerships.
  • Collaborate with units/departments that have existing award programs (HR, Alumni Relations, UL)

PATRIOT KINDNESS AMBASSADORS

  • Recognize, cultivate, and sustain a group of Mason Patriots (first cohort target: 100 students, faculty, staff, and alumni) who have been nominated and selected as kindness ambassadors. These ambassadors will educate and bring awareness to the recognition of kindness efforts in their work and bring awareness to the MCK initiative on our campus.
  • Assist in the recruitment and nomination processes
  • Select ambassadors
  • Assist in planning and hosting a reception for the ambassadors

SOCIAL JUSTICE & ADVOCACY

  • Serve as the primary MCK organizing group that will align MCK with DEI/ social justice & advocacy activities across campus.
  • Work to build relationships and draw on the expertise of Mason colleagues to ensure that MCK initiatives are inclusive and reflects the need of our campus community.
  • Promote inclusive, courageous, and compassionate acts of kindness that support and uplift Mason’s diverse populations

Contact Us

Questions about Mason Chooses Kindness? 

Contact: mck@gmu.edu