Leadership and diversity are the focus of the Mosaic program at ESU. The program is now accepting applications for this year’s retreat.
“Mosaic is a leadership and diversity retreat,” said Mary Shively, director of leadership at the Center for Student Involvement.
After its start last year, the program has made the switch from Colors of ESU to now being known as Mosaic.
Shively explained that the retreat consists of 50 students, five faculty members who serve as group leaders and five previous participants who will be peer leaders this year.
“It’s a hands-on experience for students and we facilitate a large group,” Shively said.
One of the returning participants is Anthony Cuffe, junior rehabilitation services major. Cuffe attended the retreat last year with his leadership class, and while he did not have much knowledge of what would be taking place, he said he enjoyed the experience.
“I guess what we realized is that not everyone is raised the same, not everyone comes from the same background,” Cuffe said. “What I learned from the retreat was we could embrace that. We could embrace other people for their thoughts and for their outlooks on life.”
This year Cuffe said he will return as a group leader, an opportunity he said he is very excited about.
“I think it’ll be pretty valuable for myself and for the fact that I get to help others be more aware of different diverse issues and multicultural issues,” Cuffe said.
The retreat will be held at Camp Wood on Dec. 3 and 4, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Participants will have the opportunity to stay the night at the camp and take part in various activities and exercises.
Shively said that some of the main discussions within the retreat will include talking about privilege, socioeconomic issues and building community. The participants will have the chance to work both within the large group and individual smaller groups.
“It’s an opportunity for them to really think about the issues that we’re talking about but then also maybe challenge their thought process or challenge how they view the world,” Shively said. “We hope to be so that they are more open and maybe broaden their horizons when they’re there.”
The program is open to any student who would like to participate. Applications are now being accepted through Nov. 21 and can be picked up in the CSI office.
Shively said that the first 50 students who sign up will be eligible to attend the retreat. In addition to the application there is a $20 fee and scholarships are available.