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Margaret C. Howell Outstanding Achievement Award

Celebrating Faculty and Staff Making an Impact at Mason

This award recognizes individuals whose efforts carry on the work and demonstrate the character of its namesake, the late Margaret C. Howell.

Photograph of Margaret C. Howell

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.

2018 Recipient:

Picture of Dr. LaNitra Berger

Dr. LaNitra Berger
Director of Fellowships and Faculty, Honors College

As a testament to her commitment to diversity, respect, and individual dignity over the past eight years, this award recognizes Dr. Berger's work to expand access to fellowship and scholarship opportunities for historically underrepresented students. Through her work, Dr. Berger has provided one-of-a-kind educational opportunities to Mason students, and her dedication highlights all of the ways in which diversity is our strength, fostering greater inclusivity in fellowships both domesically and abroad.

Recent Awardees:

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.