The Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is a mentoring organization for Columbia undergraduate students that aims to create one-on-one mentoring partnerships between first year students and upperclassmen in order to facilitate ease the academic and social transition for incoming students. CMI is organized into five identity groups: Black, Latino, Asian, International and LGBTQ. Each mentoring pair belongs to one of these five affinity groups that are each coordinated by a student chair who organizes group events, and each affinity group interacts with the larger CMI community through CMI-wide events.
Alumni also play a large role in CMI through networking events, panel discussions and career forums. Currently, we are looking to start a new student-alumnus job shadowing initiative where students have the chance to visit and shadow the job site of an alumnus who identifies within the same affinity group.

We are looking for Black alumni working in the following fields:
Finance/Marketing, Fashion (marketing), Marketing (consulting), Publishing, Global Financial Services/ Wealth Management, Medicine, Fortune 500, Film/TV/social media, writing/journalism, feminist/social justice activism, International Relations, Civil Engineering, Computer Science

If you are interested in having a student shadow you, please email the 2011-2012 Black Family Tree Chair, Kelicia Hollis, at and CC’ Please include your name, career field, job title and location, and we will schedule according to your best availability. We are very excited to embark upon this new initiative, and we hope that you will join us in providing opportunities for our students to grow and transition into their professional careers.

Columbia Mentoring Initiative