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Living together in Phillips/Hawkins
MOSAIC is designed for first-year students of any major willing to engage in intercultural dialogue and activities to expand their understanding of diversity and social justice.
What is MOSAIC?
MOSAIC is a living learning community for first year students interested in expanding their understanding of social justice and intercultural engagement while celebrating diversity. Students have the opportunity to engage in dialogue and activities related to the social justice principles of human rights, equity, and affecting global change with local action. Students will explore how the roles of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, religion, nationality, and other identities assist in shaping our perspectives of the world in a safe and comfortable space. MOSAIC symbolizes unique and individual identities joined together to form a complete and harmonious community which reflect the intersectionality of social justice, diversity and intercultural engagement.
The mission of the MOSAIC living-learning community is to provide first-year undergraduate students with the opportunity to live and learn together in a safe inclusive educational environment focused on the exploration of social justice, intercultural engagement, and diversity. We envision a diverse collegiate community of informed students equipped with the necessary skills and competencies to create a better world.
MOSAIC students are required to enroll in the following introductory level general education course for the fall semester:
FMS 120-02 – Write for Your Life! Reading and Writing Diverse Lives
This community is open to a maximum of 42 first-year undergraduate students of any major; willing to commit to the values and fulfillment of the MOSAIC mission.
Opportunities and Benefits
- Support in transition from high school to college life
- Develop a strong community based on the Social Change model of leadership
- Connect with other first-year students to create life-long friendships and network
- Live in a diverse residential community with MOSAIC peers for two semesters
- Participate in weekly to bi-weekly community “teach-ins” and LLC special events
- Student Leadership Development opportunities (ex. Intersect Conference and LLC Retreat)
- Receive guidance from dedicated faculty, staff, and peer leaders
- Explore and examine diversity and social justice in action by engaging with the local community
Students in MOSAIC commit to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment void of intentional discrimination, hate speech, and any other behavior counter-productive to the MOSAIC mission. MOSAIC members agree to actively participate in the learning process and to commit to:
- Establish and uphold community expectations
- Consistently attend LLC in-hall weekly sessions and scheduled events
- Live on the MOSAIC floor in Hawkins Hall for the Fall and Spring semesters
- Enroll and participate in a course with other community members
- Coordinator of Residence Life (CRL),a full-time professional staff member responsible for overall building management and student life of Phillips-Hawkins.
- Assistant Coordinator for Residence Life (ACRL),a graduate student assistant with primary responsibility for the MOSAIC community.
- Resident Advisor (RA), undergraduate student employee and leader for each residence hall floor and community.
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