What is Leadership Safari?

Leadership Safari is a three-day conference and one of Central Michigan University's greatest traditions. The program is designed to help new students learn about CMU, leadership, and themselves Participants are placed in small groups of approximately 10 students led by student facilitators referred to as Safari Guides. Guides, along with other staff members, accompany participants through various experiences such as team builders, leadership activities, and campus resource exploration. Open to all first-year students, including transfer students, this program is the perfect way to start your CMU journey.

When does Leadership Safari take place?

Leadership Safari will be held the week prior to classes in the fall, the 2021 conference is scheduled for August 25-27. 

How Do I Register?

Registration for Leadership Safari will opeon on this website in early May.  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.

What precautions are in place for COVID-19?

The Leadership Institute is committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19.  All Leadership Safari events will comply with the University's guidelines, as outlined on the Fired Up for Fall website.  You can view the Leadership Safari COVID-19 plan in its entirety here

Are masks required? 

Yes. The University requires everyone to wear a face covering or face shield over their nose and mouth except when eating or drinking. Participants unable to wear a face covering will have remote access to Leadership Safari.

My plans have changed, I am no longer able to attend, can I cancel?

Yes. To cancel your Safari registration, please visit https://leadershipsafari.apps.cmich.edu by August 6, 2021, or email safari@cmich.edu.

How Much is the Conference?

Leadership Safari registration costs $100.  This fee includes all lodging, meals, and conference materials.  Students with demonstrated financial need may have their fee wavied.

If your expected family contribution (EFC), as calculated by the FAFSA is less than $4,999 you will receive a partial fee waiver and may participate for only $50.00

If your expected family contribution (EFC), as calculated by the FAFSA is less than $2,499 you will receive a complete fee waiver and may participate at no cost.

How do I pay the Conference Fee?

Leadership Safari fees will be added to your CMU student account after the conference.  To view your account statment, visit CentralLink. 

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!

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.