On February 4th, 2016, us students at Hampton University received notice that our first LGBTQ organization was approved by administration. We call our organization "Mosaic," an acronym defined as "Motivating Open-minded Social Acceptance and Inspiring Change." This group is a safe space for queer Hampton University students and allies to come together, identify with one another, and promote awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mosaic Founder, Elijah Levon, actively advocated for the organizations official recognition throughout his years at Hampton University. Although Mr. Levon has graduated, he left us these words of encouragement:
"I am both elated and relieved to hear the notice of our approval. The process for LGBT recognition and inclusion has not only been a struggle for HBCU's but in the black community as a whole. Hopefully now more young black men and women will feel more comfortable to apply and attend HBCU's that have embraced the concept of inclusion and equity. I am proud to say that I am a Hampton man. " -Founder Elijah Levon
Us members of Mosaic are excited to become active, not just on our campus, but in our local community. As an officially recognized organization, we are planning to practice outreach through community service, pushing to make the world a better place.
Mosaic currently has over 70 active members, led by an executive board of allies and queer Hampton University students.
A statement from Mosaic:
"We are excited that our accepting staff and administration have finally provided us with a platform to let our colors shine."