Communications Team

The Honors College Communications Team’s purpose is to share stories from our community. We hope to uplift voices, bring people together, and inspire lifelong learning by showcasing the people – students, faculty and staff, and alumni – that make our Honors College unique. 

Working behind the scenes of this website, its corresponding news and social media posts, student and alumni newsletters, and other outreach functions is a small team of student creatives that understand the power of storytelling. Led by Honors College professor and Director of Communications Mr. Richard Todd Stafford, the Honors College Communications Team works to create content that strengthens our community and connects students with learning opportunities that will help them thrive while at Mason. We cover everything from research exhibitions to volunteer projects, special events to everyday wins, and incoming freshman to longtime alums. As the Honors College community continues to grow and evolve, our job is to promote and applaud its successes.

Do you have a story to tell? Email us at hnrscomm@gmu.edu.

Follow our stories @honorsmason on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Communications Team Members

Audrey Butler - Writing and Videography Intern

Audrey Butler is a junior at George Mason University, majoring in Communication with a concentration in Media Production and Criticism. Since joining the Honors College Communication Team her sophomore year, she has provided written news coverage, led interviews for profiles, and aided with planning and editing videos.

On the side, Audrey interns at the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board as a Videographer and Communication Program Assistant, where she works to raise awareness for resources that provide aid and support to others, and before the pandemic, she provided occasional trumpet performances for local churches. 

She has a fondness for soccer, sharks, and sipping a cup of tea, one day hoping to master the skill of latte art.

Sophia Chapin - Multimedia Intern

Sophia Chapin is an alumna of the Honors College who graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Environmental Science major with a concentration in Conservation. She is currently working in communications with conservation nonprofit The Piedmont Environmental Council.

Sophia joined the Honors College Communication Team in her second year at Mason as Multimedia Intern. Her role now involves updating alumni profiles, managing website content, and transitioning management of the Alumni Newsletter.

Juan Escalera - Social Media Intern

Juan Escalera is a senior at George Mason University pursuing a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in Economics. He joined the Honors College Communications Team in the 2021 spring semester as the social media intern. His role involves creating social media strategies and content for Honors College events, activities, and student achievements programs.

Outside of his role on the communications team, he worked with the Early Identification Program as their social media manager. He is passionate about outdoor activities such as backpacking and camping, along with spending time with friends.

Kimberly Laura - Graphic Design Intern

Kimberly Laura is a sophomore at George Mason University, majoring in Community Health with a concentration in Clinical Science. Kim is the graphic designer for the Honors College Communications Team. She creates outreach materials for newsletters, affiliated websites, and print campaigns. Further, Kim designs posts and logos for social media platforms. She is also a Community Assistant for Housing and Residence Life and is involved in clubs such as F1st Gen Mason and the Student Health Advisory Board.

Andreana Lin - Lead Communications Intern

Andreana Lin is a junior Creative Writing major with a Fiction concentration and minors in Conservation Studies and Professional & Technical Writing. She has spent a semester over at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation researching Hawaii’s ohi’a lehua trees, woodworking, and designing brochures for local museums. She loves to bake, plan fun events, learn languages, birdwatch, draw, and write in her free time.

As the Lead Communications Intern in the Honors College Communications Team, Andreana oversees all communication-related aspects for the team, setting up regular meetings, faculty brown bags, and professional development seminars. She also helps manage the Honors College website. Beyond her work with the communications team, she is also a peer tutor for Mason’s Writing Center and teaches English to K-12 students.

Joshua McLean - Videography Intern

Joshua McLean is an alumnus of the Film and Video Studies department at Mason with a concentration in Production. He has produced a wide range of film projects, including music videos, short films, and a 12-part docu-series about the 2020 Presidential Election. One of his short films, "Goodies," has screened at four film festivals along the East Coast. Currently, he is producing and editing a documentary about a counter-protester who was nearly killed during the white supremacy rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. Joshua has always been driven to make movies that inspire, educate, and help others. There's no shortage of stories to tell and he wants to tell as many as he can while reaching as many people as possible.

As the video intern on the Honors College Communications Team, he hopes to be a source of inspiration to both current and prospective Mason students. Joshua films and edits photo and video content for the Honors College social media channels, as well as helps student researchers create high-quality video presentations about their research topics.

Mariam Qureshi - Writing and Copyedit Intern

Mariam Qureshi is in her last year at George Mason University, majoring in English with a concentration in Writing & Rhetoric and a minor in Nonprofit Studies. Since joining the Honors College Communication Team her sophomore year as the Writing & Copyedit Intern, she has written articles, conducted interviews, and provided written content for social media.  

Outside of the Communications Team, Mariam is a writer who is passionate about equitable education opportunities for all students. She is an instructor at the McLean Islamic Center where she teaches enrichment and leadership classes to Muslim youth. In addition, Mariam works with incarcerated students at a local juvenile detention center by teaching creative nonfiction writing workshops and participates in abolitionist mutual aid efforts. After her undergrad, Mariam hopes to find her place between the intersections of education and policy in order to facilitate more favorable outcomes for incarcerated and otherwise underserved communities.