Applications of Mosaic

Because Mosaic Partnerships™ focuses on the most fundamental aspect of community building — relationships — it creates impact in a wide variety of settings. The following are some examples of sub-programs that can be incorporated into the broader Mosaic Partnerships™ program or implemented independently. These programs provide a broader reach into the community.

Mergers and Acquisitions

When different organizations or cultures come together elements, such as misunderstanding, distrust, friction, and miscommunication, can occur. The Mosaic Partnerships™ process helps build bridges from organization to organization and culture to culture in ways that allow for a positive ripple effect to take place. The end result is a more trusting, cohesive and aligned group.

High Schools

The high school program pairs students from high schools predominated by people of color with students from predominantly Caucasian high schools. A high school version of the Mosaic Partnerships™ program was implemented for the first time in 2001. The Maplewood neighborhood of Rochester, NY utilized Mosaic Partnerships™ to bridge two high schools.


Several universities in Rochester and Greensboro expressed interest in creating cross-campus pairings that would improve race relations and raise awareness among faculty and students. Dr. Al Simone, President of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), instituted the Mosaic Partnerships™ process at RIT for faculty, staff, and students.

Police Departments

The police program pairs influencers in the police department with neighborhood leaders, or pairs police personnel internally. The Rochester Police Department and the San Jose Police Department have both expressed interest in a Mosaic Partnerships™ police program.


We worked with the arts community in Rochester, NY regarding building stronger relationships across race/ethnicity among artists and between the arts community and the community at large.