The Honors College Student Advisory Board hopes to provide a platform to better enrich the current Honors College community and foster stronger relationships within the institution.
The Honors College Student Advisory Board’s goal is to strengthen the relationships between student and faculty members of the Honors College community. It provides advisory feedback about the desires and expectations of the students, communicates these ideas with faculty, and connects students with opportunities and resources available throughout the Honors College. The board helps students engage more robustly with the Honors College, and strives to implement changes that students want to see in order to promote further growth and development of the Honors College community.
Taye is a Senior majoring in Criminology, Law, and Sociology with a concentration in Homeland Security and minors in Intelligence Analysis and Geographic Information Sciences. She is an active member in the Honors College and is extremely passionate about helping others by learning about different backgrounds, cultures, and languages. Folk joined the Honors College Student Advisory Board in hopes of connecting with Honors College students and to help provide a platform for their voices to be elevated, respected, and impactful. She loves meeting new people and playing in the Green Machine, so make sure to say hello or help guide her away from the alluring trap of books in a mysterious place known as Fenwick.
Dhuha Baig is a senior at pursuing a BA in Government and International Politics and a minor in Social Innovation. Her interest in politics began in the SCHAR school where she operated as a research assistant under a project that mapped domestic and international actors and their influences over policymaking. She currently serves on the GMU Student Executive Branch as the Undersecretary of Local Government and Community Relations in addition to her board member position on the Honors College Student Advisory Board. Outside of school, Dhuha completed various advocacy, public policy, and public administration internships in Capitol Hill, United States Senate, and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Her areas of interest include diplomacy, civic engagement, social innovation, inter-religious dialogue, and community building, grassroots initiatives.
Minhyuk is a Sophomore majoring in Computer Science. As an immigrant, he is passionate about meeting new people from diverse backgrounds, and that was one of the reasons why he was excited to attend Mason. He is passionate about helping Mason students find their community. This summer, he served as a STEP Peer Mentor, helping first-generation college students transition to college. Currently, he is a Teaching Assistant in Computer Science and Webmaster in F1rst Gen Mason. Although he won't be on campus this fall, he is looking forward to connecting Honors College students and faculty virtually.
Breana is a Junior majoring in Community Health with a minor in International Security, hoping to pursue a career in Field Epidemiology. In this pursuit, she has completed health initiatives, geared at educating youth in developing countries on different infectious diseases, specifically HIV/AIDS, to help prevent, treat, and reduce the stigma against the disease. She is hoping to apply skills learned through years of interning in Infectious Disease units, communicating with and helping patients, to her position on the Honors College Student Advisory Board. She cares deeply about advocating for the desires of the students and ensuring that George Mason University is a place that is representative of all voices from a variety of backgrounds with different styles of learning, interests, and goals for the future. The influence of these ideas are instrumental in creating an environment that fosters development. With a passion for connecting with people, Breana hopes to facilitate active discussions and implement changes to ensure that George Mason University and the Honors College are serving the students to the best of their ability.
Ghaaliyah Brown is a sophomore at George Mason University pursuing a Bachelor of Science. Her local community has fostered her penchant for advocacy, public service and community engagement. As a volunteer tutor, she has strived to utilize her skills as a source of empowerment for the youth in Fairfax County. She served as the president of her high school’s Girls Learn International chapter where she gained valuable experience in advocacy, public outreach, and project management. At Mason, she enjoys serving on the oversight committee for the COVID-19 Student Service Corps and her involvement in the Muslim Student Association and the Mason Environmental Justice Association. The Honors College community is a place of diversity, inclusivity, support, and innovation of which she feels privileged to be a part. She is excited to help implement positive change, so the Honors College community continues to be a source of enrichment for its members and the wider Mason community.
Maddie Portnoy is a junior majoring in Criminology, Law, and Society with a minor in Atmospheric Sciences. Her dream career is in emergency management and disaster response, so she places great value on organization and efficiency and helping communities. The Honors College has shaped Maddie's college community and home at Mason, so she wants to give back and make sure other Honors students have their voices heard. Maddie currently serves as the Secretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs for Mason's Student Government and also gives tours to prospective students as a Mason Ambassador. She also interns for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.