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Between our two houses, MOSAIC consists of more than 21 people! Most MOSAIC members are undergraduate or graduate students at Northwestern, but we also have some recent alumni and other working adults. We have an open membership policy: anyone who can commit to the expectations of membership is eligible to join the co-op.
At its core, MOSAIC is all about community. We have communal meals, house meetings, and co-op events. We hang out together and support one another. The co-op is a place where countless people have made lifelong friends (and even a few future spouses!). We strive to make the co-op more than just a place to eat and sleep.
Many members are drawn to MOSAIC because it offers a space for “living consciously”. This means different things to different people, but in general, we strive to be more intentional in how we relate to one another and to the world around us, and we work to be mindful of each other’s needs. We also challenge each other to recognize the social, environmental, economic, and political consequences of how we choose to live.
Additionally, as an organization committed to creating a living environment that is safe and nourishing for everyone, we strive to implement anti-oppressive practices within the co-op. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or classism, and we do our best to make the co-op a space free from discrimination and oppression.
As an organization, the co-op is thankful to have two wonderful community spaces. We often host our own events, ranging from community dinners to parties to the Zooo’s famous quarterly Open Mic Nights.
We also occasionally share our resources in support of other progressive endeavors. The co-op has hosted events, meetings, documentary screenings, and get-togethers for various Northwestern student groups and other groups, including Rainbow Alliance, SEED, and the IIRON Student Network. If you’re interested in seeing if the co-op could host an event for your group, email us!