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Mission Statement

The mission of the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community (MOSAIC) is to support and create opportunities that assist all UCCS students in developing a sense of community and place on campus, with an emphasis on supporting and advocating for students from underrepresented communities. MOSAIC strives to create a safe place that encourages and nurtures connections and engagement across social identities, cultures, international status, experiences, gender identities and sexual orientations.

Outreach

MOSAIC provides active outreach by:

 

  • Promoting broad access to the resources and value of a UCCS education for students of all backgrounds and identities, particularly those who have been historically marginalized.

     

  • Advocating and engendering inclusiveness in every aspect of university education and campus life.

     

  • Creating organizational support and leadership development to student organizations and connecting individual students with their campus community, peer networks, staff or faculty mentors, and student support services.

     

  • Advancing student success by building effective and informed community both on campus and through engagement with the broader public.

     

Staff

Anthony Cordova

Director, MOSAIC and MOSAIC Gateway Program
MA Counseling and Human Services

University Center 110A

  • 719.255.3040
  • acordova@uccs.edu

    "You can only fail if you fail to ask for help"

    About

    Anthony Cordova started at UCCS in 1994 as a forty year old first-time freshman, first generation, single parent with four children, after 21 years as a heavy equipment operator. As an undergraduate and graduate student, he was an active leader in several student organizations. Before assuming the MOSAIC Directorship in 2000, Anthony previously served as the Assistant Director of the Pre Collegiate Development Program and as an Academic Advisor. He has a passion for helping students find their connection to campus and serves as an important resource for them to develop leadership skills, self-knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of others, while also encouraging academic and personal growth.

    Jesse Perez

    Assistant Director, MOSAIC and LGBT+ Program Director
    MOSAIC

    University Center 110B

  • 719.255.3447
  • jperez@uccs.edu

    About

    Jesse Perez started at UCCS in 2006 as a first generation student from rural community in New Mexico and completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UCCS. As a student, Jesse was involved in various multicultural student organizations focused on diversity and inclusion, including being an officer of the Student Diversity Council and Co-Chair of our campus' LGBTQIA organization Spectrum.

    During his time at UCCS Jesse has held positions in the Pre-Collegiate Development Program, Center for Excellence in Communication, UCCS SoColo Reach Program, and Academic Advising. Jesse Perez also previously served as the Office Manager and Mentorship Program Coordinator for MOSAIC as a graduate student and was a member of the UCCS LGBTQ Taskforce that initiated the partnership between The Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center (The PRIDE Center) and UCCS that led to the development of the LGBT Resource Center at MOSAIC. Outside of his staff duties, he also teaches a Gateway Program Seminar course, is the staff advisor for the campus' LGBTQ clubs (Spectrum and TRANSmission), and volunteers for various nonprofit organizations in the community aimed at providing resources and support for minoritized communities.

    Students

    Ale Ruiz

    Office Manager
    MOSAIC
    aruiz

    University Center 110C

  • 719.255.3319
  • mosaic@uccs.edu

    About

    Alexandra Ruiz is a freshman studying Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish. She is originally from Los Angeles, California and graduated from Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, California. She is very passionate about her family which includes her mother and four siblings. She prides herself on being the youngest of her siblings and the first one in her family to attend college out of state.

    In High School she was a part of the Marching and Concert band, an officer in the Spanish Honor Society, and a member of the Math Honor Society. She loves to dance, listen to her cultural (Ranchera) music, sing, math, and loves to speak Spanish.

    Philip Oke-Thomas

    Community Outreach Coordinator
    MOSAIC
    philip

    University Center 110C

  • 719.255.3319
  • mosaic@uccs.edu

    About

    Philip Oke-Thomas is a Junior Studying Political Science with a minor in Women and Ethnic Studies. Philip is originally from Springfield, Missouri where he was born and raised. Philip loves international politics, music, traveling and learning about different cultures. As the Community Outreach Coordinator Philip is always looking to collaborate on events with clubs and students. Fun Fact: Philip loves Stevie Wonder and has travelled to 17 countries.

    Bret Kendall

    Education Outreach Coordinator

    University Center 110C

  • 719.255.3319
  • lgbtrc@uccs.edu

    About

    Bret Kendall is a sophomore studying Sociology. Bret is originally from Columbus, Ohio and moved to Colorado to attend UCCS to deepen his intersectional studies. Bret was in the United States Marine Corp from 2013-2017 serving in Iwakuni Japan with many detachments throughout the Pacific. Bret specializes in education around queer identities and intersectionality.

    Reina Gonzales

    Student Engagement Coordinator
    MOSAIC
    reina

    University Center 110C

  • 719.255.3319
  • mosaic@uccs.edu

    About

    Reina is a Junior here at UCCS studying psychology. She is a native to Colorado Springs and loves to go hiking in these beautiful Rocky mountains.

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