Student Representatives to Board of Visitors Selected

Posted: June 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nick Walker

Each year, two outstanding students are selected as representatives to the George Mason University Board of Visitors (BOV). This year, Deidra Bailey and Aline Sandouk were chosen from among a highly competitive field of scholars. Each student will serve one year on this 16-member board.

Deidre Bailey
Deidre Bailey
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Bailey is majoring in government and international politics with a concentration in public policy.

During her time at Mason, Bailey has served as family programs coordinator and orientation leader for the office of Orientation and Family Services; president of Mason’s Anointed Voices of Unity Gospel Choir; and treasurer of the Mason chapter of the NAACP.

Bailey is a recipient of the 2007 Vision Awards in both leadership and social justice presented by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services. She is also a LEADScholar in Mason’s leadership honor society and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

Aline Sandouk
Aline Sandouk
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Sandouk is double majoring in chemistry and biology with concentrations in biochemistry and microbiology and a minor in French.

In addition to her studies, Sandouk has served on the College of Science Student Advisory Council and Student Activities Leader Board, and led Mason’s Chemistry Student Association and French Cultural Society as vice president and president, respectively. She is also a member of the L.-T.E.A.M. and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, and was a finalist for the Alumni Association Service Scholarship for the 2008-09 academic year.

In addition to being named BOV student representatives, Bailey and Sandouk have much in common and are good friends. They first met one year ago while working with the Office of Student Activities as Council of Student Umbrella leaders. Sandouk is the president of the Science and Technology Umbrella, while Bailey is the president of the Religious Umbrella.

The two recently returned from LeaderShape, a weeklong leadership training and personal development program held in Maryland. During the week of June 9, Sandouk and Bailey will travel to Northern California to participate in the School of Embodied Leadership at the Strozzi Institute, which combines fitness and martial arts with leadership training.

Both students will be busy for the rest of the summer as well.

Sandouk is currently interning at Mason’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, where she will be investigating the underlying mechanisms of learning and memory as part of the Undergraduate-Faculty Research Apprenticeship Program.

“It’s a totally different experience,” says Sandouk.

Meanwhile, Bailey is interning at Solutions Mortgage in Richmond, where she helps first-time home buyers acquire subsidized housing.

“I want to work with low-income communities,” says Bailey, who also works with Northern Virginia-based Black Women United for Action during the academic year. At BWUFA, Bailey works with the subsidized housing area Chantilly Mews in Chantilly, Va., where she promotes the growth of the community and coordinates recruitment for a local mentoring program.

Bailey says she “can’t wait to get back” to working with BWUFA. One of her projects will be to help organize a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Mount Vernon Slave Memorial in September. She is also competing in Miss Black Virginia, a scholarship pageant that takes place in November.

Bailey is also applying to graduate school and hopes to receive a master’s degree in either public policy or higher education. She would like to either continue working with low-income communities or work in student affairs.

Sandouk’s upcoming plans include establishing a College of Science diversity committee, launching a Mason sci-fi film festival, and putting together a books-on-tape program for children studying French texts.

Upon graduation, Sandouk eventually intends to enroll in a graduate program and simultaneously earn PhD and MD degrees, with the goal of bringing quality health care to underprivileged children around the world.

Both Bailey and Sandouk expect to complete their undergraduate studies in spring 2009.

Students who wish to apply to be student representatives to the BOV for next year may do so at

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