Schar School Virtual Learning Community (VLC)

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It’s always an exciting time to study government, international politics, and public administration at the Schar School. Yet, the November congressional and presidential elections and our efforts to collectively combat a global pandemic and come to terms with historical racial societal wounds provide us with a unique opportunity to learn and grow together.

The inaugural Schar School VLC brings Schar School majors together to address these issues virtually and provides a strong network with which to build or enhance your time at Mason.

Join our school community for “First Tuesday” virtual seminars with Professor and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steve Pearlstein as he interviews political professionals about the upcoming election and fields questions from his Honors class and Schar School VLC participants. Enjoy debate watch parties alongside the Schar School Undergraduate Student Organization (SSUSO) and get to know your colleagues over socially distanced pizza and debate snark. Connect with the Schar School’s Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security or “mind the GAP” with our own Gender and Policy Center. Or, tune into webinars where Schar School faculty connect with policy experts to discuss and debate evidence-based solutions to some of our most vexing public policy problems.

Schar School opportunities exist for all members of the Mason community, but our students tend to develop close bonds and networks with each other. Joining the VLC is a good way to foster this community in your own network.

Learn more about VLCs at Mason and how to apply.

“"[The LLC] allows you to grow and find your family while exposing you to opportunities that will stay with you as you continue throughout your academic career and personal life"
- Mason LC Alumnus

“Participating in [an LLC is one] of the best decisions you could make as an incoming freshman. Your first year can be tough with trying to get used to your new schedule and environment. The LLC helps become more accustomed to the university and introduces you to so many new people. It can be hard making friends on campus especially when there are so many freshmen, so the LLC is a perfect environment since most of these students will also be in your classes."​ 
- Mason LC Alumnus