We are privileged to live and learn in a Christian environment where students, faculty, and staff converge from around the globe to share their experiences, faith, and relationships.
The Mosaic Center strives to be the campus focal point for deep conversations, international connections, and rich learning centered around the diverse experiences of members of our community. At the heart of Houghton’s vision for the Mosaic Center is the picture that Scripture provides of God’s Kingdom where all tribes and tongues confess and exalt the glory of God (Rev 7:9).
Created in the spring of 2018, the Mosaic Center’s purpose is to be a centrally located, dynamic space that provides community building activities and learning opportunities that engage topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Center seeks to equip our community to be engaged listeners, advocates, bridge-builders, and servant-leaders.
Meet the Director
Nuk Kongkaw, MA, NCC – Director of the Mosaic Center
Nuk Kongkaw is a 2011 Houghton alumna who returned to the Houghton community to serve as the inaugural Director of the Mosaic Center.
Having her masters in mental health counseling and post-masters in higher education, Nuk has both a research-based orientation towards interventions and praxis that impacts the holistic development of the individual as well as an acknowledgment of systems and community culture effects. She hopes that the Mosaic Center meets the individual needs of students, faculty, and staff, while also educating and broadening the perspectives of the community in order to be a more inclusive reflection of Christ’s Kingdom.
Nuk is currently pursuing her PhD. through Regent University with research interests in compassion, belonging, and multicultural intersectionality.
Advisor for Inclusive Excellence
- Provide formal and informal mentoring to traditionally underrepresented students
- Raise awareness, providing leadership, and staying current on best practices in higher education inclusion
- Create and maintain an environment that is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive to students of diverse backgrounds
- Review and recommend policies and processes that are equitable
- Assist student organizations focused on promoting diversity and social justice
- Advise the president’s cabinet on matters related to diversity and inclusion
Meet the Advisor for Inclusive Excellence
Änna Pettway, PhD- Advisor for Inclusive Excellence and Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Pettway holds a B.A. in psychology from Spring Arbor University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Dr. Pettway’s training as a clinical psychologist has made her particularly sensitive to the ways in which systemic issues impact the social, emotional, and academic experiences of college students.
As a professor, Dr. Pettway has been involved with many committees focused on improving the climate for underrepresented students. Since joining the faculty at Houghton in 2017, she has given workshops entitled, “Through Whose Eyes? What Eye Color Can Teach Us About Racial Segregation” and “Where Do We Go From Here? Practical Tips for White People Who Seek Racial Justice.” She also developed a new course, Psychology of Race and Racism, which explores the ways in which prejudice, racism, power, and privilege have led to human suffering.
Student Advisor for Inclusive Excellence and Mosaic Center Ambassador Interns
The Mosaic Center invests in the development of student leaders to encourage the development of an equitable and inclusive campus climate through healthy peer accountability and influence. Houghton College strongly emphasizes the belief that our students will continue to be scholar-servants beyond their time at Houghton College, and the Mosaic Center seeks to equip and empower these leaders to continue to be a part of transformative community relationships. While on campus, Mosaic Center Ambassador Interns work with the Director of the Mosaic Center to plan and implement community building events and learning opportunities centering around themes of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Student Advisor for Inclusive Excellence also serves as a team member and sits on committees to be a bridge for student voices to faculty and staff.
Mosaic Center Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Every Monday Night, starting Sept. 14th, join us for Talk Backs at the Mosaic Center at 7PM.
- Talk Back’s Kick-Off – Snacks, prizes, and a discussion with the Houghton community on the question: Did Jesus have privilege? – Sept. 14th
- Listening Session with Students of Color & President Mullen – Due to social-distancing parameters we will be inviting only students of color to attend in-person, but stay tuned for other options to include our community in this listening session with President Mullen – Sept. 21st
- Fly on the Wall – Student stories of race and racism – Oct. 8th
- Talk Back with President Mullen – President Mullen shares her thoughts on growing in race consciousness – Oct. TBD
- Can I call you Black? (And other awkward questions for healthy conversations for inclusion) – Nov. 10th
- Film & Justice – Join the Mosaic Center & the Psychology and Criminal Justice Department for an online watch party of the documentary “13th” & Zoom discussion to follow– Dec. 7th
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Join our campus for events throughout the day, starting with chapel, then seminars, read-aloud for kids, and dinner in the cafeteria featuring a Black-owned, New York state restaurant – Jan. 18th
- Black History Month – Join the Mosaic Center & Black Heritage Club for a month of evening events, chapel, and other opportunities to learn about Black Excellence and History – February
- Can You Dance? – Join the Mosaic Center, Intercultural Ambassadors, and International Student Association (ISA) for an evening of dancing and learning from each other. No prior experience needed! – Mar. 12th
- International Banquet – Hosted by the ISA, come sample foods representative of our diverse backgrounds and experiences – TBD
- Book Club – Hosted by the Mosaic Center and Dean of the Chapel, faculty, students, staff, and community members are invited to a weekly book discussion. – Please check back for updated book titles for both Fall & Spring Semesters at @hcmosaic Instagram or website.
Black Heritage Club
Black Heritage Club enriches the campus through providing events to celebrate the diversity of culture represented on campus. While it primarily serves black students on campus, it is open to anyone.
International Students Association
The International Student Association serves to connect students from all over the world. It works to build meaningful relationships and community between students from all of the different cultures represented at Houghton.Interconnect
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Related Sciences (MANRRS)
Minorities in Agriculture, National Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) promotes initiatives which foster inclusion and advancement of members of ethnic/cultural groups that are underrepresented in agricultural and natural resource sciences. The group also provides career and professional development in these fields.
Practical Ways to Be an Anti-Racist
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Practical ways to be an anti-racist. We intentionally use anti-racist because we want it to be clear that simply “agreeing to disagree” or trying not to get in anyone’s way is not enough to end systemic and pervasive racism. We all have a responsibility to one another. Here’s to another week of being in this work for the long-haul. #antiracism
- Email the Director of the Mosaic Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email Dr. Pettway at Anna.Pettway@houghton.edu
- Find us in the lower level of the Campus Center
- Follow us on Instagram at @hcmosaic or the Mosaic Multicultural Center on Facebook