Schar School Undergraduate Student Liaisons

Schar School Student Liaisons are undergraduate students who are interested in supporting prospective and current students in finding a home at Mason and in the Schar School.

Liaisons are here to answer your questions about the Schar School and Mason as you navigate the undergraduate application and admissions process. We can help you learn about great opportunities in your areas of interest, explore university resources, and develop connections with faculty, students, and staff.


Maaz Abbasi

Maaz Abbasi

I am a Government and International Politics Student minoring in Data Analysis and also part of the Honors College. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and chose the Schar School because of the proximity to Washington D.C. Because of this, the Schar School has allowed me access to world-class opportunities in the area of the nation's Capital. The Schar School has also allowed me to build meaningful relationships with faculty while pursuing my education. I'm also part of the Muslim Students Association and love to travel!


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Taylor Ramirez

I am a Government and International Politics major with a minor in Journalism. In addition to being a Schar student, I am also in the Honors College. I chose the Schar School because it provided me with unique course selections, as well as incredible opportunities on and off campus. The proximity to Washington D.C. and the caliber and qualifications of Schar professors make this program uniquely valuable. In my spare time, I also serve as Vice President of Urbanknowlogy 101, Mason’s elite hip hop dance team.


Sophia Thobani

Sophia Thobani

I am a Government and International Politics major with a minor in business. I have been involved with the Schar schools through learning communities and Undergraduate Research. As an out-of-state student from South Florida, I decided to come to the Schar school because of the selection of professors with real-world experience in government and politics and the accessibility of undergraduate research, not to mention the proximity to D.C.

Aside from the Schar school, I have been involved on campus on the board of TedXGeorgeMasonU and have worked in D.C. as a congressional intern.


Gerardo Valladares

I am a Government and International Politics major with a concentration in American Institutions and Processes and a minor in Legal Studies.

The Schar School's knowledgeable and experienced staff have provided me with the skills necessary for me to be successful both within and outside the classroom. With ample opportunities to both grow and apply myself, I have flourished not only as a student, but as an intern and community organizer for several non-profit organizations.

I am the sitting president of Destino and am involved with Cru. I am also a Patriot leader and a Global Politics Fellow.