Mosaic Station

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“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”
- Audre Lorde

MOSAIC Station is a podcast operating out of the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center at San Jose State University. We are made up of students and a faculty member, and we are interested in bringing relevant, honest, and necessary information to the campus community and beyond.

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SPECIAL SERIES: Men Creating Change

We are proud to announce a special series that will be feature in the MOSAIC Station feed. Men Creating Change is a student organization at SJSU that is centered around men helping men understand the complexities of modern day masculinity, discuss and criticize patriarchy, and help build a better understanding of healthy masculinities. As part of the organization, student host Aarron Booker and staff advisor Chris Yang will be releasing a series of podcast episodes where we discuss a wide variety of topics related to masculinity which draws from lived experiences, academic research, and pop culture deep dives.

Season 3 (2019-2020 Academic Year)

Episode 9 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 8 (Dec. 27, 2019)

Our last episode of 2019! Thanks for taking this ride with us. Take a look back on this year with us as we just chat about where we are, what are we feeling, how are we closing the calendar year, and looking forward to 2020.

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Episode 8 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 7 (Dec. 23, 2019)

Join us this week as we do a deep dive into a fun topic: superheroes and toxic masculinity. We talk about some of our most popular pop culture icons and what it means to be critical about their messaging while still being a fan of the genre. We cover everything from Batman to Ironman and everything from comic books to TV shows. A fun conversation. 

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Episode 7 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 6 (Dec. 18, 2019)

We are joined this week for Men Creating Change by the inimitable Dr. Theodorea Berry, the outgoing chair of African American Studies at San Jose State University. Dr. Berry joins us to discuss her experiences with African American Studies, as well as her outlook on work, life, academia, and success. 

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Episode 6 - Another One Rides the Bus (Dec. 13, 2019)

We have a brief interlude between our Men Creating Change series to bring you this episode. This episode of Mosaic station explores the politics and realities of public transportation in the South Bay area, featuring Monica Mallon from AS Transportation services and Andrew Boone a longtime transit advocate.

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Episode 5 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 5 (Dec. 3, 2019)

We are joined this week by Gender Equity Education Programmer Jenny Nguyen and special guest Communication Studies Lecturer and Faculty Fellow Nico Peck. We explore gender binary, gender fluidity, and socialization by getting to know Nico and their story. 

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Episode 4 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 4 (Nov. 13, 2019)

Join us this week as we talk about the concept of emasculation with special guest SJSU student Daylon Davis. We explore the idea of what emasculation might mean a modern day masculinities context and talk about where our conception of power and masculine identity stem from. A fun and insightful discussion.

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Episode 3 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 3 (Oct. 21, 2019)

We're back again with another episode of the Men Creating Change series. Joining us this week is a special guest, Dr. Jonathan Gomez of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at San Jose State. This time, we dive head first into the idea of socialization and talk about where we learn what we know and believe and how our context impacts our beliefs as men.

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Episode 2 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 2 (Oct. 8, 2019)

We're back again with another episode of the Men Creating Change series. This time, we discuss our thoughts on vulnerability and the value and importance of it. We discuss stigmas around vulnerability and how we can overcome them. We also talk briefly about current events.

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Episode 1 - MEN CREATING CHANGE EPISODE 1 (Sept. 25, 2019)

Welcome to a special series featuring the student organization Men Creating Change. This is our first episode! Learn more about our goals and backgrounds in our introductory episode as well as join us in our first deep dive into aspect of masculinity and patriarchy. 

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Season 2 (2018-2019 Academic Year)

Episode 10 - Multiracial Revisited (May 14, 2019)

MOSAIC revisits the topic of multiracial identity with some other panel members. Join in on this delightful conversation with multiracial/multiethnic students discussing their experiences and perspectives on being multiracial/multiethnic, multiracial cultural, colorism and more.

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Episode 9 - Japanese Internment with Grandma Yee (May 1, 2019)

In honor of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month at SJSU, we are proud to feature a recording of a program featuring Michiko Yee, a Japanese American Internment camp survivor.

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Episode 8 - Avatar: The Last Airbender (Apr. 18, 2019)

Previously on Mosaic... Our podcast is on Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. In the podcast we will be discussing the social justice elements found in both series and so much more.

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Episode 7 - Untold History (Apr. 5, 2019)

Join our panel of staff members as they reflect on the untold history that they have learned about their various identities. Our panel dialogue around the difficulties of understanding hidden, unacknowledged histories who they are and where they come from. A deep dive into what it means to examine the history we never had a chance to learn in school. Featuring Armani Donahue from the African American/Black Student Success Center and Elisa Aquino from the Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center 

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Episode 6 - Menstruation Week Panel (Mar. 13, 2019)

We are proud to feature a collaboration between our Gender Equity Center and Mosaic as part of Menstrual Week at SJSU. Our panel of staff discuss their experiences with menstruation, the myths and stigmas, and their hope for how menstrual education can be improved in the country. Featuring Kristen Flaten and Jenny Nguyen from the Gender Equity Center.

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Episode 5 - Student Spotlight: Kyle (Mar. 6, 2019)

Today, we have a brief student spotlight on Kyle, an international student at SJSU. Kyle talks to us about how he learned about SJSU and what it's like to be an international student.

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Episode 4 - Calling in Black: Racial Battle Fatigue (Feb. 26, 2019)

We are proud to host a panel collaboration between the African American Black Student Success Center and Student Involvement at SJSU as part of Black History Month. This panel sits down to discuss what it's like to navigate the world while black and dealing with the day to day realities of injustice and danger. The panel features Milan Balinton, the director of the African American Community Service Agency; Dr. Theodorea Berry, department chair of African American Studies at SJSU; and Evelyn of the Internets, digital storyteller, filmmaker, and online personality.

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Episode 3 - Turning Thirty (Oct. 18, 2018)

Join our Mosaic staff as they reflect what life is like in your twenties. They discuss everything from personal milestones, family and cultural touchstones, societal expectations, lifelong learning, and the physical, emotional, and psychological realities of getting older.

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Episode 2 - An Interview with Darrell Medellin (Sept. 27, 2018)

An in-depth interview with Darrell Medellin. Darrell Medellin is an upcoming artist out of the East Bay Area, originally from Cebu City, PI and hailing from Union City, CA. Darrell dives into his music, his message, and his new mixtape.

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Episode 1 - The R* Word (Sept. 18, 2018)

Listen to our newest podcast episode discussing the fight again Indian mascots and the struggle of Indigenous People for political, economic, and socio-economic justice today. Featuring special guest interview with John Little, one of the directors of More Than A Word. 

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Season 1 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

Episode 1 - WE ARE MOSAIC STATION! (Sept. 21, 2017)

Welcome to the first episode of the Mosaic Station where we hope to agitate and activate for a more just society and world. Meet some of the folks from MOSAIC, what we're about, and what we want to do with this project.

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Episode 2 - Interview with Master David Wei (Nov. 14. 2017)

Check out our interview with Master David Wei, a 16th generation lineage holder of Wudang Zhang San Feng Pei and the founder of the Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center in the East Bay. Master Wei shares with us the power of the Wudang Martial Arts, a Daoist knowledge and practice focused on healing and wisdom. 

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Episode 3 - Biracial Identity (Jan. 29, 2018)

Join in the conversation as some of our MOSAIC folks who identify as biracial talk about the realities of moving through this world, sharing their perspectives and experiences.

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Episode 4 - Interview with Dem Black Mamas (Feb. 27, 2018)

Check out our interview with the Dem Black Mamas podcast as Crystal Tennille Irby, Nekisha Killings, and Thea Monyee talk openly and honestly about what it's like living as strong and ambitious Black women raising kids in an unsafe world. 

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Episode 5 - 20th Anniversary Reflections (Apr. 11, 2018)

It's MOSAIC's 20th Anniversary! In light of our birthday, a few of our MOSAIC staff reflect on what MOSAIC means to them and look forward to the future of what MOSAIC means today. 

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