Students’ Grassroots Efforts Pay Off in Statewide Recognition

Posted: March 7, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Virginia21 chapter, a student organization that works to advocate for the rights of students on Virginia’s college campuses to the state and local legislatures, has been selected as the winner of the “2008 Voice of a Generation Award.”

A letter from Kelly Porell, executive director of Richmond-based Virginia21, to Drew Shelnutt, Mason Student Government president, outlined the chapter’s accomplishments.

“Your chapter’s outstanding grassroots outreach and advocacy on behalf of your university was evident throughout this past year,” Porell wrote. “George Mason students have been a fixture in the General Assembly this year, taking time out of their busy schedules to lobby legislators on several important initiatives. While in Richmond, you and your campus coordinators’ advice and guidance as members of the Student Leadership Committee were invaluable in forming this year’s legislative agenda.”

Porell also cited the fact that the chapter doubled its size in the last year; hosted the first-ever Get Out the Vote Day where students educated their peers by talking about important issues; and handed out information on the candidates in their districts.

The award will be presented on April 22 at a dinner in the chapter’s honor that will include Congs. Tom Davis and Jim Moran, as well as student, business and community leaders as guests.

Virginia21 has chapters at nearly every college campus in Virginia, including community colleges.

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