The OMA Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is an inter-generational mentorship program that connects first year and trasnfer students with returning students (upperclass mentors), and all students with alumni. CMI provides students the opportunity to get involved in various "family trees" - Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian, Black, Indigeous, International, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and Mixed Heritage. Although participants will be asked to specify one family tree, we recognize the multiple identities of our students and provide opportunities for CMI participants to get involved in cross-cultural program-wide events.
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Family tree chairs are a select group of students who have been chosen through an application process to work with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in coordinating the Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI). 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 have been active in the CMI program during the previous year, be an enrolled student in Columbia College (CC) or the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8.
- Attend weekly CMI Co-Chair Leadership Meetings—unless excused, a Co- Chair is not permitted to miss more than (2) meetings per semester
- Attend the mandatory family tree chair retreat, training(s), and program kick-off
- Complete program planning during spring and summer months
- Recruit, select, and assist in matching program participants
- Coordinate monthly activities for a family tree consisting of (20) mentors and mentees
- Assist in planning CMI monthly dinner discussions
- Submit electronic weekly reports
- 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 students at Columbia University
- Connect to members of your community in meaningful ways
All applicants must submit a completed application to OMA in order 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.