“UofMosaic” is the campus-based peacebuilding initiative of the Institute. Since 2009, the program has supported a growing network of student-led chapters in universities across Canada. “UofMosaic” chapters have developed numerous “dialogue to action” projects on their respective campuses to bridge divides between communities affected negatively by conflicts overseas. Students have always played a pivotal role in shaping the direction of the program, and several have benefitted from comprehensive training designed to help them develop the skills required to become effective leaders.
In the fall of 2015, the Institute will welcome the first cohort of “UofMosaic Fellows”. The Fellowship Program will identify and support student leaders who have a commitment and connection to global issues, and a desire to engage other students in the promotion of peace and equity in Canada and around the world.
UofMosaic Fellows will be recruited from universities across Canada where the Mosaic Institute is currently active. For the 2015/2016 cohort, these universities will include: University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, McGill University, Concordia University, and Simon Fraser University.
Fellows will come from diaspora communities affected by overseas conflict, and/or demonstrate a commitment to understanding and addressing global issues and conflicts. Fellows will be selected based on their existing leadership qualities and accomplishments, as well as their desire to enhance their skills and strengthen their networks in order to affect broader change on their campus, in their communities, and overseas. They will receive specialized training and access to professional development opportunities throughout their year-long term.
Fellows will also work with other students on their campuses to plan and participate in Dialogues that build a culture of meaningful and constructive exchanges of ideas. Dialogues will typically be connected to global conflicts or issues which are relevant to the Fellows and the broader student body. Fellows from all the campuses will also work together to plan and execute a joint legacy project, which will respond to an issue connected to a global conflict or crisis.
This Fellowship builds on the UofMosaic Program’s strengths, networks, and learnings over the past five years.