Mosaic+

Mosaic+ was created to foster Community, inspire Innovation, and provide Opportunity to underrepresented minority students.

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We strive to make Computer Science at Brown University a more receptive and inclusive space for underrepresented racial minorities.

Fostering Community. Inspiring Collaboration.

Transition Program

Peer-Support Program and Pre-Orientation Program

The Mosaic+ Transition Program is a year-long mentorship and peer-support program that welcomes newly admitted underrepresented minority students to Brown University’s Computer Science department. The program begins with an online summer course, followed by an activity-packed pre-orientation program during the last 4 weeks of summer just before the first semester of the academic year. Students with be an exposed to an exciting mix of technical, community-oriented, fun activities and tasks to help prepare them for the rigors of computer science.

Who should apply?

This program is geared towards newly admitted, racially underrepresented minority students* who have any interest in computer science, or want to learn more about the field, at any level of experience!

*In Computer Science those who identify as Black, African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Latina/o/x, Native Hawaiian, and/or Pacific Islander are considered to be Underrepresented Racial and/or Ethnic Minorities (URMs)

How to apply:

Applications for the 2019 Transition Program are now open. Application closes on June 15. You may apply for the program through the application link here.

What will students learn during this program?

Throughout the course of the transition program, students will learn about:

  • Computer science as a field
  • Computer science at Brown University 
  • The Computer science industry
  • Coding basics in Python
  • What to expect in their first semester as a Computer Science student

When and where will this program be held?

This program consists of two parts: an online prep course and an on campus pre-orientation program. The online portion will run from July 29th to August 16th and the on-campus portion will run from August 17th to August 24th. Students admitted to the program are eligible to move into the dorm early on Saturday August 17. Extended housing and meal plan for the pre orientation program is provided by Brown University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to concentrate in CS to apply for the Mosaic+ Transition Program?
No. You do not need to concentrate in CS if you want to apply. Students will a general interest in CS are eligible to apply. Brown University students do not declare their concentration until their sophomore year.

How much does the Mosaic+ Transition Program cost?
$0.00. The cost of the Mosaic+ Transition Program is not charged to the student and/or the families involved, it is covered by the institution.

Does Brown University cover the costs of travel to campus early for the Mosaic+ Transition Program?
Travel arrangements are covered by the University on a case-by-case basis in accordance with your family’s financial need as defined by the Financial Aid Office. Please reach out to the Financial Aid Office directly to inquire about travel assistance.

Are housing and meals provided during the Mosaic+ Transition Program?
Yes. Students will be eligible to move into their Fall 2019 semester dorm-room early & will be provided with a 3-meals a per day meal-plan during the program, August 17 - August 25.

Can I participate in another pre-orientation program and Mosaic+ Transition Program?
Yes. Students that apply to Mosaic+ Transition Program must also apply to the Third World Transition Program (TWTP), Excellence at Brown, Bonner Community Fellows, and/or International Orientation. Students must be enrolled in a subsequent pre-orientation program that runs after the Transition Program (the week of August 24 - August 30) prior to general New Student Orientation Saturday August 31.

Will participation in the Mosaic+ Transition Program be graded? Is the course for-credit?
No. This is a 0-credit optional pre-orientation program. Completion of the assignments in this course will have no affect on your Fall 2019 semester grades or your official transcript. The lessons are exclusively for your benefit to gain a rudimentary understanding of CS concepts and programming languages before taking one of the CS intro courses (CS15, CS17, CS111, or CS19).

I have a summer job, can I still participate in the program?
Yes, we estimate the daily time-commitment for the online portion is 1-3 hours per day. However, this is a guideline and not a requirement. We ask that students get as much work as they can done, but recognize that students have busy lives in the summer and a lot of priorities to juggle, so the program is intentionally flexible. The one exception, is move-in. Students must be able to move to campus early to participate in the full week on-campus portion of the program August 17 - August 25.

I have another commitment, and I cannot move to campus early. Am I still eligible to participate?
Late arrivals for the on-campus portion of the program (August 17 - 25) will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Generally we do not admit students to the program that cannot arrive on campus by Monday August 19. Students that cannot arrive on campus by Monday August 19th, are encouraged to apply for the NS-Peer-Advising and/or Mosaic+ mentorship program for the Fall 2019 semester.

I am traveling alone. Will Brown University help provide travel from the airport and/or train/bus station to campus?
Yes. If you are traveling to TF Green Airport or the Providence train/bus stations, the Mosaic+ Transition Program coordinators will arrange pick-up for you from of these locations. If you are traveling to Boston Logan Airport, the Mosaic+ Transition Program coordinators will meet you at the airport and help you take the train from Boston to Providence and then provide a car to take you to campus from Providence train station. You will receive a travel logistics form to complete a couple weeks after you receive your acceptance email.

I am traveling with my parents. Will there be a New Parent Orientation on August 17?
We do not provide formal new parents orientation programming, full parent orientation programming is only available on the New Student Orientation weekend. We will have a pizza party and networking event for parents and students in the program the evening of August 17th after students get settled into their dorms.

Mentorship Program

Striving towards a computer science department that not only accommodates but celebrates diversity.

the Mosaic+ Mentorship program fosters community for underrepresented minority students through structured peer support. Through interactive workshops, mentor-mentee relationships, and group study programs, Mosaic+ ensures minority students are provided the resources and networks necessary to make the most of their academic experience within Brown’s computer science department.

Big/Little System

The Mosaic+ mentorship system is broken down into pairs of Bigs and Littles. The role of a big is to provide mental, moral, and emotional support for their little. A big is a friend, mentor, and coach who seeks to encourage and motivate their little to succeed.

The Mosaic+ mentorship system is broken down into pairs of Bigs and Littles. The role of a big is to provide mental, moral, and emotional support for their little. A big is a friend, mentor, and coach who seeks to encourage and motivate their little to succeed.

Workshops

Workshops are monthly meetings held by Mosaic+ facilitators designed to help both members and non-members learn a number of non-course related concepts. In the fall semester, these topics will cover a  broad range of topics based on suggestions from Mosaic+’s members.  During the spring, we’ll split the workshops into two different tracks: workshops in the first track will offer preparation to students during their tech-internship search. The second track will be geared toward students who are not interested in obtaining a Computer Science related internship the following summer.

Workshops are monthly meetings held by Mosaic+ facilitators designed to help both members and non-members learn a number of non-course related concepts. In the fall semester, these topics will cover a  broad range of topics based on suggestions from Mosaic+’s members.  During the spring, we’ll split the workshops into two different tracks: workshops in the first track will offer preparation to students during their tech-internship search. The second track will be geared toward students who are not interested in obtaining a Computer Science related internship the following summer. 

Group Study

Group Studies are course-specific, bi-monthly meetings held by Mosaic+ facilitators to help Mosaic’s members understand course-related concepts. Each group study focuses on a new topic within its respective course and has the following design: a mini-lecture on the concept, space for the group members to collaboratively solve a problem using the given concept, and a space for individuals to solve another problem using the given concept. Group Studies always use original materials, both to hold collaboration policies and to make the problems more exciting!

About Us

Mosaic+ is a student-run organization which advocates for diversity in computer science. We strive towards an academic environment receptive to underrepresented minority students and faculty at Brown University. We are a group of committed and creative students working together to make proactive steps towards the celebration of diversity in the world of technology.

  • Spring 2015

    Our Humble Beginnings

    Our founding members meet for the first time to try to shift the status quo of CS at Brown to create a community for historically underrepresented minorities in Computer Science

  • Fall 2015

    Moasic+ is Born

    The club is officially launched!

  • Spring 2016

    Mentorship Progam Launch

    The stellar program that matches underclassmen with upperclassmen to provide academic, personal and social support and advice.

  • Summer 2016

    Our First Transition Program

    A group of 15 students were invited to participate in this life changing experience.

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