2023 Award Recipients

Celebrating our distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, and students

Each year the College of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates individuals whose leadership, research, service, and contributions have made outstanding contributions to their fields, their communities, and to George Mason University. 

These CHSS alumni, students, faculty, and staff showcase how the humanities and social sciences drive our community forward in advancing cutting-edge research, impactful service, and critical competencies for today's global and knowledge-based economy. 

On November 4, 2023 we will celebrate our college’s change makers—alumni driven to improve the world around them—at our annual Community and Catalysts event.

The college is proud to present our 2023 award recipients:

Torey Carter-Conneen

CHSS Alumni Service Award - Community

Torey Carter-Conneen 
BA Economics '06
CERG Accounting '07

Dvon Williams

CHSS Alumni Service Award - Industry

Dvon Williams
BA Communication '06

 

Xanthia Johnson

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - African and African American Studies

Xanthia Bianca Johnson
BA Biology '99; African and African American Studies Minor

 

Brittany Sanders

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Communication

Brittany Sanders
BA Communication '14

 

Max Milien

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Criminology, Law and Society

Max Milien Jr
BS Law Enforcement '90

 

Liz Andrews

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Cultural Studies 

Liz Andrews
PhD Cultural Studies '19

 

Hassan Shahidi

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Economics

Hassan Shahidi
BA International Studies '81, MA Economics '83

 

Jian DeLeon

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - English 

Jian DeLeon
BA English '08

 

Maggie Zargarpur

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Global Affairs

Maggie Zargarpur
BA Global Affairs '19, MA '21

 

Jacelyn Tyson

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Higher Education

Jacelyn L. Tyson
MA Higher Education and Student Development '21

 

Adriana Ospina

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - History and Art History 

Adriana Ospina
MA Art History '13

 

Drew Johnson

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - MAIS

Drew Johnson 
BS Marketing '96, MAIS '99

 

Nicole Chulick

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Modern and Classical Languages 

Nicole Ann Chulick
BA Area Studies; Foreign Languages '93

 

Laura Fox

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Philosophy 

Laura Fox
BA Philosophy '08, MA '09

 

David Wallace

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Psychology 

David Wallace*
MA Psychology '15, PhD '17

*Awarded posthumously

 

Natalie Shaver

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Religious Studies 

Natalie Shaver
BA Religious Studies '21

 

Michael Marino

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Russian and Eurasian Studies 

Michael D. Marino
BA Russian Studies '11

Olivia Blackmon

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Sociology and Anthropology

Olivia Blackmon
BA Sociology '99, MA '11, PhD '15

Yves-Renee Jennings

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - School of Integrative Studies/Bachelor of Individualized Study

Yves-Renée Jennings
BIS '05, MS Conflict Analysis and Resolution '07, PhD '12

 

Afra Ahmad

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Faculty

Afra S. Ahmad
BA Psychology '08, MA '12, PhD '16

 

Colleen Rich

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Staff

Colleen Kearney Rich
MFA '95

 

Maria Carabelli

CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Staff

Maria Carabelli
BA Communication '09

 

Xiaomei Cai

CHSS Faculty Civic Excellence Award 

Xiaomei Cai

 

Liudmila Mischenko

CHSS Alumni Chapter Scholar

Liudmila Mischenko
BA Psychology '25

 

Amanda Magpiong

CHSS Senior of the Year Award

Amanda Magpiong
BA Anthropology ‘24