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Columbia Mentoring Initiative Participation

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. CMI provides students the opportunity to get involved in various "family trees." Although participants are asked to specify one family tree, we recognize the multiple identities of our students and provide opportunities for participants to get involved in cross-cultural CMI-wide programming. Mentor, mentee and chair positions are available to all undergraduates students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Mentorship opportunities are open to all graduate students and alumni of Columbia.

CMI First-Year Mentee 

Applications for CMI mentees will open on Wednesday, August 7If you are an incoming first-year student interested in CMI, please email


  • Meet regularly with your mentor for one-on-one support
  • Attend dinner discussions and connect with alumni who share their stories of success
  • Participate in fun activities and events that bring together students from across all family trees

CMI Mentor

Applications for CMI mentor positions for the 20192020 academic year are now open! The application deadline is Sunday, April 14 at 11:15 P.M. EST.



  • Commit for one full academic year (fall and spring semesters)
  • Attend mandatory mentor training and program opening reception/kick-off event
  • Serve as a support and guide to your mentee
  • Maintain communication and meet regularly with your mentee
  • Attend CMI-wide community functions (campus events, dinner-discussions, alumni mixers etc.)
  • Attend identity-based family tree functions (outings, campus events, et.c)
  • Attend required mid- and end-of-semester mentor check-ins with family tree chairs.

CMI Chair

The CMI chair application for the 20192020 academic year is now open!

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 have been active in the CMI program during the previous year and be an enrolled student in good standing with Columbia College or Columbia Engineering throughout the academic year.


  • Attend weekly CMI leadership meetings on Tuesdays from 5:006:00 p.m.
    • Unless excused, a chair may not miss more than two meetings per semester
  • Attend the mandatory family tree chair retreat, training(s) and program kick-off event
  • Complete program planning during spring and summer months
  • 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 monthly activities for a family tree consisting of 20 mentors and mentees
  • Assist in planning CMI-wide events
  • Maintain updated records of family tree events and manage family tree budget 
  • Contribute to CMI newsletters and social media 


  • 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 2019-2020 academic year


  • 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: Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Interview Dates: Thursday, March 27Thursday, April 4
  • Application Status Notification: Friday, April 5

Alumni and Graduate Student Involvement

CMI provides graduate students and alumni the opportunity to get involved in various "family trees." Although participants will be asked to specify one family tree, we recognize the multiple identities of our alumni and provide opportunities for CMI participants to get involved in cross-cultural CMI wide programming. If you would like to get involved with CMI as an alumni and/or graduate student, please complete the CMI Alumni and Graduate Student Mentor Application.

Multicultural Affairs


505 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-0720

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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