University Mosaic Mentoring Program
The pilot University Mosaic Mentoring Program (“Mosaic”) was created by the Promise Diverse Faculty Mentoring Faculty Learning Community in Summer 2020. However, Mosaic is sponsored by the Office of the Provost in conjunction with a National Science Foundation grant.
Dr. Jessica Clark
Associate Professor of Biological Science
Dr. Chrys Egan
Associate Dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts
What is Mosaic Mentoring at SU?
Mosaic mentoring is a culturally-responsive and research-based model that views mentoring “as a multi-dimensional guidance and a longitudinal landscape of career mentoring” that includes “a diverse group of individuals of different ranks, ages, genders, races, skills, and experience com[ing] together in a non-hierarchical community or network” (Han & Onchwari, 2018, p. 7).
As the term suggests, mosaic mentoring creates a full picture of university success by adding multiple, unique pieces to the design. While traditional mentoring programs may provide only one type of mentoring, such as one-on-one superior and subordinate, mosaic mentoring invites all types of mentoring pieces to create the overall design: one on one, cohort, peer, and reverse mentoring, for example.
Mosaic mentoring takes a hybrid approach that may be virtual or, as safety permits during the current COVID-19 pandemic, in-person. Mentoring may occur via the one-to-one traditional practice. A mentor may also meet with multiple mentees at the same time.
A unique feature about Mosaic mentoring is that, in addition to 1:1 mentoring, mentoring events (e.g., topical workshops) will be offered periodically and provide an opportunity for mentors, mentees, program organizers, and other faculty and administrators to come together collectively in fellowship to celebrate the diverse identities and cultures of participants, share experiences, network, or hear guest presenters.
Target populations will be expanded in the future to include more faculty, staff, and students at various professional or educational stages.