Margaret C. Howell Outstanding Achievement Award

Celebrating Faculty and Staff Making an Impact at Mason

Margaret C. Howell
Margaret C. Howell

The Margaret C. Howell award recognizes individuals whose efforts demonstrate the character of its namesake and carry on her legacy of making a difference.

For 20 years, through her departure from the university in 2002, Margaret performed outstanding and committed service as a valued and well-loved member of the Mason community—beginning as secretary for minority student affairs before retiring as an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator and Diversity Specialist. Both in work as in life, her focus remained on the development of respect, diversity, and individual dignity throughout the University and surrounding community.


2021 Recipient

Joshua Kinchen, LGBTQ+ Resources

This award recognizes Josh's genuine care and compassion for GMU students, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community. His advocacy and leadership on campus has led to the adoption of a comprehensive Chosen Name and Pronouns Policy, impactful recommendations to the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, and the creation and curation of the Trans Clothing Closet along with Trans and Non-Binary student workers at GMU.

Recent Awardees:

Wendi Manuel-ScottIntegrative Studies and History/Art History, African & African American and Women & Gender Studies (2019)

LaNitra BergerHonors College (2018)

Clare TalbertHelen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities (2017)

Lisa SnyderLeadership Education and Development (2016)

Jennifer CrewalkOffice of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (2015)



To be considered for this award, nominees:

  • Must have at least three (3) continuous years of service at Mason
  • Should display evidence of work that promotes respect, diversity and individual dignity (e.g., providing mentorship for students/staff/faculty, developing programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and cooperation, resolving problems arising from individual differences, etc.)
  • Should display efforts that have impacted an individual or individuals, George Mason University, and/or the surrounding community.

The award recipient will receive $2,000.

To nominate a staff or faculty member, click here.