Letter from the Dean

Dean Ozerdem standing in front of Van Metre Hall's George Mason University sign

Dear Alumni,

As the dean of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, one of my top priorities is to foster an alumni community with meaningful engagement and opportunities for continued learning and connection.

I believe that a close partnership between alumni and the School can help us meet our fullest potential. I look forward to connecting with you, learning how you came to the Carter School and what the experience meant for your future. As a scholar and peacebuilder, I have great respect for the important contributions Carter School alumni have made. With over 2,000 alumni, your stories demonstrate what is possible with a degree in conflict analysis and resolution and what is best about the Carter School.

I am committed to championing your successes and I hope you will join me as we build a program that maximizes the impact the Carter School alumni network can have. The Carter School is working to increase access and inclusivity for our students and alumni are lead partners in these efforts. You represent the Carter School’s mission, purpose, and goals. Please consider this an open invitation to share your ideas for how we can best serve you, and I will be in dialogue about all the ways we benefit from alumni support.

Together we can make waves for peace and justice.

Yours sincerely,

Alpalsan Özerdem