The UofMosaic Fellowship Program is the university campus-based initiative of the Mosaic Institute. Our dynamic program invests in student leaders who have an interest in difference and a commitment to promoting diversity and equity on their campuses.
In the program year 2017-18, the UofMosaic fellows designed 18 Questions (18Qs) a tool to dismantle prejudice. They encouraged strangers to sit across from each other to get to know them better and beyond visual categories. Fellows believed that knowing someone who is not like you is the best way to open our minds to difference. 18Qs events were held across Canada in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in March, 2018 as part of the Fellowship. Upon receiving tremendous feedback from a variety of community members, The Mosaic Institute launched the 18Qs to a wider audience at The Walrus Live in June, 2018. The 18Qs have now been conducted in campus bars, restaurants and student union buildings. Over 400 people have participated since the official launch and we look forward to bringing the experience to more.
In the current program year, we brought together 20 fellows from 9 Canadian universities to Toronto in September, 2018 for an intense weekend of training and professional development. They are currently working on designing another national campaign that will target the problem of Intergenerational Prejudice as we believe that our although our prejudices do not form at birth but can often start inside our homes. As they work in collaboration to design and implement the campaign, we look forward to bringing it to you in the coming months. Stay tuned for updates!
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With support from BMO Financial Group, and the Ministry of Heritage, The Mosaic Institute is re-framing how students see each other and their role as responsible Canadian and global citizens.
The Mosaic Institute believes that an equitable and thriving society is possible when different people experience themselves as valued members of society. We strive to demonstrate that our difference are not problems; they are the solution. We use dialogue, research, and social action to showcase how difference is the source of solutions to social challenges at home and abroad.
WHAT DOES A UofMOSAIC FELLOWSHIP OFFER?
First, Fellows gain skills in design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy. Next, with mentorship from Mosaic, Fellows are gathered in Toronto twice throughout the Fellowship to learn, design and implement a social action initiative on their campus. Finally, together across 9 campuses, Fellows learn to collaborate effectively with their peers to affect real change.
If you have more questions or want to learn more about the UofMosaic Fellowship program, please contact our Program Director, Pallak Arora at firstname.lastname@example.org.