For the past year and a half, dedicated students, faculty and staff have come together through the Mosaic Project to help Washington University in St. Louis move toward a more inclusive campus community. Now, as this initiative is concluding, the efforts of the eight Mosaic Project working groups are taking root at the university.
“The Mosaic Project is an important transitional effort for Washington University,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said.
“Building a more diverse and inclusive community has been a high priority, and recent events have underscored that we have work to do. We now have a necessary and stronger infrastructure to support a sustained effort,” he said.
“The Mosaic Project has helped us to focus attention, bring perspectives together, and inspire ideas,” said Sharon Stahl, PhD, vice chancellor for students.
“Though the Mosaic Project is concluding, the work of building a more diverse and inclusive community must and will continue,” she said. “The investments of our students, faculty, and staff involved in the project clearly illustrate this; we owe a great debt of gratitude to all who participated in the project, especially our students who continue to inspire us to be better and do better.”
The Mosaic Project outcomes report is available for the community. This report summarizes the initiative’s mission, outcomes, and next steps for diversity and inclusion, as it pertains to the Washington University student experience.
A table showing the specific, actionable steps taken by the Mosaic Project that lay the groundwork for continued effort is available here.
Moving forward, the efforts of the following Mosaic Project working groups will be continued through the Center for Diversity and Inclusion:
- Assessment and Benchmarking;
- Bias Report and Support System;
- Community Values and Expectations, and
- Policies and Procedures.
The Office of the Provost will move forward with the recommendations of the Diversity in the Classroom group, and the Diversity and Inclusion within Student Groups committee will continue under the supervision of Student Involvement and Leadership with assistance from the center. The Social Media group will expand its scope and the Office of the Provost will determine where it should be housed.
The full Mosaic Project report is available here.
Next week, the Record will spotlight important outcomes from the Mosaic Project.