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.


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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.


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Emily Williams

I am a Government and International Politics major with a minor in legal studies and women and gender studies. I was born and raised in Florida, but on a leap of faith, I decided to move to Virginia to attend the Schar School. The academic rigor, incredible faculty and fascinating courses have made me passionate and prepared for a fulfilling career in DC. In my experience, I’ve found that professors at the Schar School are truly invested in the success of their students.


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.


Sydney Kosztolnik

I am a Government and International Politics major.

I transferred to Mason from North Dakota to take advantage of the Schar School’s proximity to D.C. and the many resources and the opportunities it presents to students. I am impressed by and appreciative of the Schar School’s programs and the quality of its instructors.

I recently joined the International Relations Policy Task Force and have participated in the international buddy program. I am also a member of the Mason chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honors Society.