The OMA Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is an inter-generational mentorship program that administered through Columbia University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) that connects historically underrepresented first year students with returning students (Upper-Class Mentors) from similar identities, and all students with alumni. CMI provides students the opportunity to get involved in various "family trees" - Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian, Black, Indigenous, International, Latino, and LGBTQ.
Mentors will be essential in providing guidance and support on how to navigate Columbia University and successfully adjust to college life. CMI offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of events including fun social outings, intimate dinner-discussion programs, and the chance to be mentored by Columbia alumni from a wide range of career fields. 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 CMI wide programming.
- Commit for one full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters)
- Attend mandatory mentor training and program mixer
- Serve as an academic and social guide to your mentee
- Attend CMI community functions (outings, dinner-discussions, etc.)
- Attend identity based Family Tree functions
- Maintain communication with your mentee and meeting regularly with mentee in person
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