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Columbia Mentoring Initiative Participation

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) program will be conducted virtually during the 2020-2021 academic year to ensure the safety and inclusion of all CMI members. One-on-one mentoring meetings and fun, creative, family tree events will take place online. Interested first-year and transfer students are highly encouraged to apply to be a mentee, regardless of whether you will be living on or off campus this fall. The mentee application will open in mid-August.

Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is an inter-generational mentorship program that connects first year students (mentees) with returning students (mentors) and all students with alumni. Mentor, mentee and chair positions are available to all undergraduates students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Learn more about our different opportunities for involvement below.

Questions about Columbia Mentoring Initiative? Please email cmi@columbia.edu.

CMI Mentee 

The mentee application for incoming first-year and transfer students is now open!

Responsibilities

  • Meet at least twice per month (virtually) with your mentor for one-on-one support
  • Attend monthly online Family Tree events planned by your CMI Chairs that help build a close and supportive identity-based community
  • Attend virtual CMI-wide programs that bring together students from across all family trees and help connect students with alumni

Selected mentees must attend the CMI Kick-Off Event on October 2, 2020.

Important Dates

  • Application Due: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

CMI Mentor

Applications for CMI mentor positions for the 2020-2021 academic year are now closed. 

Position Description

Mentors are students chosen through an application process to work with Multicultural Affairs in supporting the Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI). Mentors offer guidance and support to first-year and transfer students on how to navigate Columbia University and successfully adjust to college life. Mentors contribute to the development of a family tree community by participating in a variety of social, cultural and educational events and building meaningful relationships with other members of the program. To apply for a mentor position, the applicant must be an enrolled student in Columbia College (CC) or the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Responsibilities

  • Attend mandatory Mentor Training(s) and CMI program kick-off
  • Attend mid-semester mentor check-ins with Family Tree Chairs and complete end of semester evaluations
  • Fully engage in, and help build, a strong family tree and CMI-wide community. Attend at least one family tree event per month and a minimum of two CMI-wide events per semester. 
  • Support the recruitment of first-year and transfer mentee participants in September
  • Sustain consistent communication (in-person and electronic) with assigned mentee(s)
  • Take responsibility for maintaining a healthy and supportive relationship with assigned mentees(s)
  • Maintain consistent communication with Family Tree Chairs, particularly on issues related to event attendance and progress of your mentee relationship(s)

Benefits

  • Gain practical leadership and mentorship experience 
  • Network and build relationships with University administrators, Columbia alumni and fellow students
  • Give back to your community and create a welcoming campus environment for new students at Columbia University
  • Connect to members of your community in meaningful ways

Selection Process

All applicants must submit a completed application to Multicultural Affairs in order to be considered for the mentor position. The application consists of personal information, campus/outside involvements (including with the CMI program), and short answers. Candidates who have not previously participated in CMI will be asked to meet with the Family Tree Chairs for an interview. In addition, applicants will have their academic, community and disciplinary standing reviewed.

Important Dates

  • Application Due: Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

CMI Chair

CMI chair applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now closed.

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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 

Qualifications

  • 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 2020-2021 academic year

Benefits

  • 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 Multicultural Affairs 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. 

Important Dates

  • Application Due: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 

Alumni Involvement

Columbia Mentoring Initiative provides Columbia College and Columbia Engineering alumni the opportunity to support undergraduate students who currently participate in the CMI program. If you would like to get involved with CMI, please email cmi@columbia.edu for more information.

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