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The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

College of Education and Human Development

White House to Honor Kevin Clark as a Champion of Change

February 24, 2014

The White House announced today that Dr. Kevin Clark has been named a "Champion of Change" and will be honored for his work on Wednesday, February 26.

Kevin Clark.

Dr. Clark is director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity and professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. He is one of ten individuals who will be honored at the White House event for his innovative approach to creating diversity and access in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

"I am truly humbled and appreciative to receive this award,” said Kevin Clark, Ph.D., who will be joined at the White House by his wife, son, and daughter as well as doctoral student Asia Williams and her husband.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The STEM Access champions, in particular, are notable for their work creating opportunities for young people typically underrepresented in STEM industries. The champions use unconventional approaches to enhance student exposure to STEM, ranging from photography and film, to Hip Hop music, to coding competitions and community-based workshops.

Dr. Clark’s recent activities have focused on the use of video game design to increase interest in STEM careers; the examination of pathways and best practices for increasing diversity in STEM disciplines; and issues of diversity in the design and development of educational media products.

As part of the White House events, Dr. Clark authored a blog post for the Champions of Change website called "Using STEM to Create the Future You Want to See".

 

The stage will be set for Wednesday's White House STEM Access Champions of Change event! Photo by John Mickey, TransLoc.

 

Many of Dr. Clark's projects use interest in video games and video game design to pique interest in technology-related careers among high school and middle school students. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University. 

 

In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Clark has extensive experience as a designer and consultant in educational video game design, online and interactive media, and issues of diversity and inclusion in children’s media.

To watch the Champions of Change event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10:00 am ET on February 26. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program or to nominate a champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

 

Dr. Kevin Clark works with youth from underserved communities to develop computer games and to encourage their interest in STEM fields. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

 

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George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) includes two schools: the Graduate School of Education, one of the largest teacher preparation and education schools in Virginia, and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. CEHD offers a comprehensive range of degrees, certificates, courses, and licensure programs on campus, online, and on site. The college is distinguished by faculty who encourage new ways of thinking and pioneering research supported by more than $75 million in funding over the past five years.

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