Emily Crawford, Candidate for Vice President of Arlington Campus

Emily Crawford, Candidate for Vice President of Arlington Campus

Master’s student, Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government (part-time student)
Expected date of graduation: May 2023

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Biography and Candidate Statement

Emily Crawford Biography

Emily Crawford currently serves as the MPP GAPSA representative for the Schar School and the Arlington Campus Student Ambassador with George Mason University’s University Life office. She is pursuing a master’s in public policy with an emphasis in Education Policy. She currently serves as the Director of Government Relations at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) and is responsible for leading policy and advocacy efforts in support of the organization’s mission and specifically, the federally funded Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. She currently sits on two national education advocacy boards, supporting an increase in federal education funding. Before enrolling at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, she was a college advising counselor for GEAR UP at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and a graduate assistant for the program from 2015-2017. While at UNR, she was responsible for programming and outreach for the UNR GEAR UP program, facilitating university outreach with local high schools. Emily completed her Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling from UNR in May 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Emily is passionate about ensuring all students have access and support to complete a college degree.

Emily Crawford Candidacy Statement

As a current Arlington resident, University Life Arlington Campus Ambassador, and GAPSA representative at the Schar School of Policy and Government, my experiences and interests in the community make me uniquely qualified for the GAPSA Vice President of Arlington position. I am invested in creating and facilitating community and opportunities for the students of Arlington, specifically for the many non-traditional students that call the Arlington campus their home. Being that I already work with University Life as an Arlington Campus Student Ambassador I can seamlessly facilitate collaboration with GAPSA and University Life for events, opportunities, and be aptly tuned in to student needs and interests in Arlington. Aside from my connections to the Arlington campus, I have a professional interest in Higher Education Policy, specifically the student voice and student experience. Under past President of George Mason University, Professor Anne Holton, I studied higher education governance, administration, and fiscal policy and I understand the roles and responsibilities that student government has in these critical spaces. I am interested in learning more about the important role GAPSA plays regarding these institutional factors at George Mason University. I hope to have the opportunity to advocate for graduate and professional students, specifically the unique needs of the Arlington campus students, in these important areas. With previous professional experience in college recruitment, and admissions, I can bring valuable insight to the college student experience to GAPSA representatives, the assembly, and university leadership.

Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your probable availability for the 2022-2023 academic year, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).

Emily Crawford2022-2023 School Year Availability

  • Full Time work 9-5 – With flexibilities when necessary
    • For example: I have already scheduled the monthly GAPSA General Assembly meetings in my calendar and can flex my work hours to attend those meetings and other meetings
    • Working primarily remote, with 2 days in the office in downtown DC
  • 5 hours per week with University Life
  • 1-2 classes per semester