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MOSAIC Mentorship Program

MISSION STATEMENT:

The MOSAIC Mentorship Program provides an invaluable opportunity to develop relationships with a first-year student mentee and a faculty/staff/administrator mentor. The mentors are caring individuals committed to the success of first-year students and support Iona’s diverse community. MOSAIC Mentees will be able to identify campus resources and spaces that support their various identities as well as support their social and academic transition to college. Students will engage in collaborative and meaningful cross-cultural relationships and dialogues. The mission of MOSAIC Mentorship Program is to encourage the holistic development of first-year students by providing mentoring opportunities to help them grow. This year long program is dedicated to the support of incoming freshman and transfer ALANA (African, Latino (a) (x), Asian and Native American), Multicultural and LGBTQ+ identifying students.

PROGRAM GOALS:

MOSAIC is deeply rooted in the institution's mission statement and various core competencies. These developmental core competencies include intellectual development, individual identity development, interpersonal relationships, global citizenship and community development.

At the end of the academic year, new students, who participate in the MOSAIC Mentorship Program will be able to:
  1. build their careers, citizenship and goals in order to foster maximum personal and professional growth through relationships around the Iona College campus and New Rochelle community.
  2. understand and appreciate cultural and human differences in order to grow as global citizens and build their social responsibility.
  3. explore their personal leadership philosophy, which includes reflective practices on personal values and identity development.
  4. acquire necessary skills, knowledge and attributes in order to successfully transition to college and complete their first year.

MOSAIC MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FRAMEWORK:

MOSAIC embraces the Iona College mission and the statement on diversity. In order to remain true to the institutions goals and mission we have included the Principles of Good Practice For Student Affairs At Catholic Colleges And Universities into our MOSAIC Mentorship Program. We strive to embrace these principles in a way to enhance the program and its outcome. The ACPA and NASPA, Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators was incorporated in this program to ensure the development of our MOSAIC Mentors and set clear expectations and benefits throughout the year. These will help us set measurable goals when interacting with mentees. We also took into consideration the 3.8 Student Leadership Strategic Plan in order to foster leadership development within our program.

MOSAIC COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

Community Meetings will occur on a monthly basis. All MOSAIC Mentors and Mentees are expected to attend these meetings as part of the full completion of the program. Community Meetings can vary from training, guest speakers, service, etc. The goal of the meetings is to help networking with other participants and use institutional/program missions to help “Move the World!” Other opportunities for engagement will be offered to help connect students to their mentors, MOSAIC Families as well as the Iona Community. We highly encourage you to take part in these experiences.

Important Dates


Fall 2019


September 10

Mentor Training/Orientation

Location: LaPenta End Zone
Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.

September 12

MOSAIC Information Session

Location: LaPenta End Zone
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

October 1

Meet the Mentors

Location: LaPenta End Zone
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.

October 22

MOSAIC Kick-Off Meeting

Location: LaPenta End Zone
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

November 7

Mentor Training Conducted by Counseling Center

Location: LaPenta End Zone
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

November 13

Gael to Gael (suggested for mentees)

Location: TBA
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

November 21

Holiday Celebration

Location: Spellman Faculty Dining Room
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

December 4-8

Attend a Stress Free Week Event


Spring 2020


January 29

Spring Welcome Back Meeting

Location: LaPenta EndZone
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

February 13

Community Meeting: Topic TBA

Location: LaPenta EndZone
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

March 3

Mentor Luncheon

Location: LaPenta EndZone
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

March 5

Mentee Luncheon

Location: LaPenta EndZone
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

March 31

Community Meeting: Topic TBA

Location: LaPenta EndZone
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

April 28

End of Year Celebration

Location: LaPenta EndZone
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Mid-April

Attend Diversity Lecture Series


May 3-9

Attend a Stress Free Week Event


If you have any questions contact Advisory Team Coordinators Sara Osorio at sosorio@iona.edu or (914) 633-2782, or Melissa Aponte at maponte@iona.edu, or other members of the Advisory Team: Denise Hopkins or Dr. Tricia Mulligan.