Mosaic+

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

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 will 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 2018 Transition Program are open now! The application closes June 30th.


Apply 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

Where and when will this program be held?

TThis program consists of two parts: an online prep course and an on campus pre-orientation program. The online portion will run from July 30th to August 15th and from August 18th to August 25th for on-campus portion

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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