Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) Family Tree Chair Application

The OMA Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is an inter-generational mentorship program that connects first years with returning students (Upper-Class Mentors), and all students with alumni. In addition to program-wide, cross-cultural programming for all participants, students have the opportunity to get involved in various "family trees":

• Arab and Middle Eastern Family Tree
• Asian Family Tree
• Black Family Tree
• International Family Tree
• Latino Family Tree
• LGBTQ Family Tree

For first year students, CMI focuses on the adjustment to Columbia University and college life. The mentors and “family” members will emphasize leadership development, identity development, emotional health, academic success, belonging, and community consciousness.

CMI is an outgrowth of the Alumni of Color Outreach Program (ACOP). ACOP was created in 1996 by Columbia College students, alumni and administrators who were eager to find ways to increase the involvement of alumni of color in the life of Columbia and to provide additional support for students of color. Today, the program is administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and actively connects with Columbia’s alumni affinity associations: ACAA (Asian Columbia Alumni Association), BAC (Black Alumni Council), Columbia Pride (for LGBTQ alumni), and LAACU (Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University).

CMI offers students the opportunity to be mentored by Columbia alumni from a wide range of career fields and the chance to participate in a variety of alumni–student events.

Position Description
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 and be an enrolled student in good standing with Columbia College (CC) or the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) throughout the academic year.

Responsibilities
 Attend weekly family tree chair meetings—not permitted to miss more than two (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 match 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


Benefits
 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
The outgoing family tree chair and the CMI advisor from the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) will select the new family tree chair. Both the outgoing family tree chair and the advisor will meet to review and discuss the applications submitted for the position. If an applicant meets the preliminary criterion they will be invited to interview for the chair position. After all interviews are completed, the outgoing chair and advisor will meet again to select the new family tree chair.

All applicants must submit a completed application to the Office of Multicultural Affairs (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 essays. An applicant’s campus/outside involvement is a key factor; however, essays will still be considered a significant aspect of the selection process.

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