What is Leadership Safari?

Leadership Safari is a five-day experience leading up to the start of class where students learn about CMU, leadership, and themselves. Participants are placed in groups of approximately 10-12 students lead by student facilitators referred to as Guides. Guides, along with other staff members, accompany participants through various experiences such as team builders, leadership activities, and a challenge course throughout the week. Open to all first-year students, including transfer students, this program is the perfect way to start your CMU journey.

How Do I Register?

Registration for Leadership Safari 2020 is now available online. To register, a student must have access to their CMU Global ID.

What is my global ID? Your ID will be the beginning of your email address before the @cmich.edu.

When is the Latest I Can Cancel Registration?

The deadline to cancel your Leadership Safari registration is August 15, 2020.  Students who cancel after the deadline, or who do not show up for the conference will still have to pay the regsitration fee. 

How Much is the Conference?

The Safari Conference cost is $125. The fee includes all meals, entertainment, materials,  and the conference itself. It is charged to the student account, where you will be billed for tuition or other student account charges, in the beginning of the fall semester.

What if I Cannot Afford the Fee?

Students with demonstrated financial need will have their Leadership Safari fee waived. The waiver is based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) through FAFSA. You can contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid with any questions about your FAFSA.

I Signed up for IMPACT, Do I Need to Attend Safari?

Yes, IMPACT and Safari are connected but different experiences. IMPACT is designed specifically with the needs of historically underrepresented students, first-generation college students, and multicultural students. After attending IMPACT, all participants then join Leadership Safari. 

Where do I Live During Safari?

If you are living on campus with Residence Life, you will move into your residence hall room early. If you live off campus, you'll need to provide your own transportation to campus, but meals and all activities are included!

Where Can I Get a Feel for the Conference?

Since 2011, we have hired a videographer to document the Leadership Safari experience. Click on the links below to get a feel for the incredible energy of this conference!

Where Do I Check In for the Conference?

Check in takes place in the Bovee University Center (UC) Rotunda and will begin at 9:00 A.M. and go until 5:00 P.M. On the day of, there will be Safari staff around campus to help direct families to the correct places. If you live on campus, you may move into your hall first if you prefer and then come to the University Center.

What Meals are Included with Safari?

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided starting on Sunday August 23.  There are no required meals for Saturday, 22 August, however, students may request a box lunch when completing their conference registration. 

Will I have Free Time?

While we do have a few breaks built into our scheduling, participants should not be planning to do anything else during the conference. Our schedule is intentionally packed full of activities and group time to give a meaningful experience to all students. In order to fully experience Safari, participants should take care of anything such as appointments or seeing outside friends before or after the conference. 

What Should I Bring?

Different residence halls allow different items so we suggest browsing the residence life website to see different dos and don'ts of packing for CMU. Attached is a link directly to these lists: https://www.cmich.edu/ess/residencelife/Pages/your-room-contains.aspx 

Where Can I Ask Questions? 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Leadership Institute staff with any questions you have as you prepare to make this important transition to CMU! You can call us at 989-774-5323 or email at safari@cmich.edu.