MOSAIC 2009 Invites Nearly Out the Door
MOSAIC: adj, composed of a combination of diverse elements, etymologically rooted in the Greek word “mouseîon “ for “work of the Muses” c. 1400
Early next week our office will be mailing invitations for Vanderbilt’s MOSAIC 2009. This program is geared to highlight the vast diversity of Vanderbilt (One of the nation’s most diverse and inclusive leading Universities according to a recent report from the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education) for newly admitted students of color for the incoming class of 2009. MOSAIC is our signature multicultural student recruitment program and one that we are incredibly proud of, not only for rave reviews it gets from students (it has the highest percentage of students who attend who ultimately enroll of any program we run), but also that it has become a program that literally the entire VU community has bought in to. You see it from the fact that admitted students who attend are hosted by current Vanderbilt students (from an amazingly diverse background), to the central role that the Vanderbilt cultural student organizations play in the planning and coordination of the program, to the fact that the Vanderbilt NPHC fraternity and sorority step show, a highly popular community-wide event, is coordinated to coincide with MOSAIC weekend.
A couple of key facts about our MOSAIC invites:
- Students invited to MOSAIC receive a packet that informs them that they will be admitted to Vanderbilt, even though their official admit packet will not arrive until the beginning of April, when all of the rest of the decision letters go out.
- Not all students of color who will ultimately be admitted to Vanderbilt can be invited to MOSAIC. It’s a space and program capacity issue. We utilize a competitive and holistic review process to select who gets invited to the program.
- DO NOT assume that if you are a student of color and you are not invited to MOSAIC, that you are de facto denied to VU. Your application is still under consideration, and you will receive your admission decision at the beginning of April.
Congrats to all invited MOSAIC students, and welcome to the Commodore community as newly admitted students to Vanderbilt. We hope to see you in March!