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2022 Columbia Mentoring Initiative Chair Application

Chair applications for Columbia Mentoring Initiative are now open! Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. 

Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is an inter-generational mentorship program that connects first-year and transfer students with returning students (upperclass mentors) and all students with alumni. Chairs have the opportunity to lead one of the following family trees:

  • Asian
  • Black
  • Indigenous
  • International
  • Latinx 
  • Middle Eastern and North African
  • Mixed Heritage

Questions? Please reach out to cmi@columbia.edu.

Position Description

Family Tree chairs are a select group of students who have been chosen through an application process to work with Multicultural Affairs to coordinate the Columbia Mentoring Initiative. Family tree chairs are primarily responsible for managing a group of 20 mentors and mentees. Upon acceptance of a family tree chair position, a student must commit to fulfilling all of the responsibilities outlined below for the duration of a full academic year. To apply for a chair position, the applicant must be an enrolled student in good standing with Columbia College or Columbia Engineering throughout the academic year.


  • All CMI chairs must be an enrolled student in Columbia College or Columbia Engineering and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Upon acceptance of a family tree chair position, the student must commit to all the responsibilities outlined above for the duration of the full academic year


  • Attend mandatory weekly CMI leadership meetings on Tuesdays from 5:006:00 p.m.
  • Attend the mandatory family tree chair retreat, training(s) and program kick-off event
  • Recruit, select and assist in matching program participants
  • Conduct check-in meetings with mentors and mentees and support the development of healthy mentoring relationships within your tree
  • Coordinate activities for a family tree consisting of 20 mentors and mentees at least once per month, though more is encouraged
  • Assist in planning CMI-wide events
  • Maintain updated records of family tree events and manage family tree budget 
  • Contribute to CMI communications and social media 


  • A stipend of $1,200 for the entire academic year
  • Gain practical leadership experience managing a University-sponsored mentorship program
  • Network and build relationships with University administrators, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Give back to your community and create a welcoming campus environment for student at Columbia University
  • Connect to members of your community in meaningful ways

Selection Process

All applicants must submit a completed application to be considered for the Family Tree chair position. The application consists of personal information, campus/outside involvements (including with the CMI program) and short answers. All selected candidates will be asked to meet with the director of the program for an interview. In addition, applicants will have their academic, community and disciplinary standing reviewed.

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