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Northwest Missouri State University

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A popular segment of MOSAIC is the performing arts competition, which includes poetry, cultural dance and vocal performances. This year's competition will have a Michael Jackson theme.

Oct. 7, 2009

MOSAIC gathering aims to unite, promote diversity, celebrate individual cultures


MOSAIC, the Midwest Organization of Students Advancing Interculturalism, will host its fourth annual intercollegiate gathering Thursday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 17, in Northwest's J.W. Jones Student Union.

"MOSAIC is a multicultural celebration of life with a little bit of everything - workshops, a performing arts competition, banquet and so much more," said Ame Lambert, Northwest's director of intercultural affairs. "It's an opportunity to be empowered, enlightened, educated and entertained. Students connect and build bridges across cultures while at the same time celebrate their own cultures."

MOSAIC events are open to the public, but participants must register. The registration fee of $12 for Northwest students, $15 for Northwest faculty, staff and community members and $25 for all other attendees covers admission to all events. For a complete schedule of this year's MOSAIC activities, speakers and performers, or to register online, visit . Tickets also may be purchased in the J.W. Jones Student Union at the Intercultural and International Center or at the Student Union's information booth. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Northwest students who were part of the Vision and Empowerment Institute, a leadership emersion experience, will lead the opening event at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, with an experiential experience project titled "Real Life Northwest."

A session for faculty and staff takes place at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the Student Union's Living Room, followed by a 5:30 p.m. session for students. During this time, Lee Mun Wah will facilitate "An Unfinished Conversation." He is a nationally known documentary producer of "The Color of Fear" and "Last Chance for Eden."

"Lee Mun Wah has an open, reassuring style that allows all parties to come to the table and have honest conversations," Lambert said.

Friday evening's events also include a performing arts competition and comedian Vince Morris.

Saturday, Oct. 17, will give groups the opportunity to talk "to" each other rather than "at" each other, Lambert said. A few of the dialogue groups include religion and the LGBTQ community; Americans and internationals; and Europeans Americans and people of color.

Motivational speaker Valorie Burton will deliver the keynote address at the 7:15 p.m. banquet Saturday in the Student Union's Ballroom. Burton is the author of "Listen to Your Life" and "What's Really Holding You Back" and is a regular contributor to "Essence Magazine."

Lambert said 370 people attended last year's event, and expectations are to exceed that amount this year.

"The goal for MOSAIC is to create an experience where each person hears or tells their story at some point during the weekend, and we need everyone's presence to do that," she said.

For more information at MOSAIC, contact Ame Lambert at 660.562.1517 or .

MOSAIC is part of the Unity Project, which was founded in 2004 at Fort Hays (Kan.) State University. In conjunction with Northwest's IIC, the campus Unity Project organization organized MOSAIC in an effort to step beyond its immediate borders and embrace college communities across the four-state region.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468