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.


Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott
Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott

2019 Recipient

Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Associate Professor, Integrative Studies and History/Art History, AF, African & African American and Women & Gender Studies

This award recognizes Dr. Manuel-Scott as a champion for inclusion and diversity at Mason. Her engagement with students in the classroom pushes them to explore issues of identity, difference and equity, with nothing short of fearlessness and courage. Moreover, through her scholarship and work—including the Enslaved Persons of George Mason project—Dr. Manuel-Scott is helping the university grapple with these issues as well. She is a true asset to our campus community.


Recent Awardees:

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.