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. 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 Mentee 

The mentee application for incoming first-year and transfer students will open on July 31st, 2023.  

  • Meet at least twice per month with your mentor for one-on-one support
  • Attend monthly Family Tree events planned by your CMI Chairs that help build a close and supportive identity-based community
  • Attend 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 upon selection

CMI Mentor

Apply to become a CMI mentor by Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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.

CMI Chair

Apply to become a CMI chair by Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST

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. 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.

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 for more information.

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