What is Spring Leadership Safari?

Spring Leadership Safari is a two-day conference designed for students who are new to CMU or entering into their second semester on campus. Spring Safari offers programs and activities grounded in leadership theory and social change. Participants will be placed in teams of about 5-10 fellow students; in these teams, they will explore personal values and goals, experience team-building challenges, engage in volunteer activities, and more. Participation in Spring Safari will result in increased knowledge of campus resources, creating a network of friendship and support on campus, and growth as a socially responsible leader.

Who attends Spring Leadership Safari?

Transfer Students – Spring Leadership Safari offers a variety of programs and activities designed to create community among students who are new to CMU. This two-day experience will allow students to build relationships with other transfer students, share experiences, and build a network of support as they begin their journey at CMU.

First Time Freshmen – Leadership Safari programming is designed for students who are entering into their college journey. Spring Safari will connect you to campus resources, create community in small and large networks of peers, and allow you to explore your leadership style.

Second Semester Students (did not attend Fall Leadership Safari) -  If you missed the opportunity to join us in the Fall, then Spring Leadership Safari is the perfect time to reconnect with CMU for the Spring semester and start fresh with a weekend of leadership development. Spring Safari will provide second-semester students with an opportunity to grow in their leadership capacities and strengthen their networks of support on campus.

How do I register?

Click "Register for Leadership Safari," on the right-hand menu. Then, click register and you will be redirected to an online form. Complete the form and hit submit; you will receive a confirmation via email as your registration receipt.

When is the latest I can cancel registration? How do I cancel?

The priority deadline for submitting cancellations is Friday, December 21st. If you would like to cancel your registration, email safari@cmich.edu with your first and last name, as well as your Student ID number (e.g. 123456).

Is there a cost to participate in the Spring Leadership Safari conference?

The Safari Conference cost is $50. The fee includes all meals, entertainment, materials, shirt and the conference itself. The registration fee is charged to your student account, where you will be billed for tuition or other student account charges, in the beginning of the spring semester (January).

What if I cannot afford the fee?

You can apply for a fee waiver at this link. Qualification for a conference waiver are determined by your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) through FAFSA. You can contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid with any questions about your FAFSA.

Where do I live during Safari?

If you are living on campus with Residence Life, you will move into your residence hall room during the conference check in timeframe. If you live off campus, you should plan to provide your own transportation to campus, but all conference meals and activities are included with your Spring Safari registration!

Where do I check in for the conference?

Check in will take place at the Bovee University Center (UC) Rotunda from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 5th. Upon arrival, participants and families will be greeted by Safari staff. These student leaders will help direct you to the check

What meals are included with Safari?

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided beginning with dinner on Saturday January 5th and ending with dinner on Sunday January 5th.

What should I bring?

Participants will be provided with a bag that includes a Spring Safari t-shirt and additional conference materials. Participants living on campus will be moving into their designated residence hall and can refer to the Office of Residence Life when making packing preparations: https://www.cmich.edu/ess/ResLife/Pages/Your_Room_Contains.aspx.

What can parents, family members, and guests do?

All family members and guests are invited to join their student at check-in, assist with residence hall move in (if participant is living on campus), and join us for a welcome session. The Parent and Family Welcome will take place from 1 PM – 2PM following check-in. For more information click on the "Parent and Family Program" tab on the right-hand menu.

Where can I direct my questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Leadership Institute staff with any questions you have as you prepare to join us for Spring Safari! You can call us at 989-774-5323 or email at safari@cmich.edu.