What is IMPACT?

IMPACT is a mentoring program that supports your success at Central Michigan University. You’ll participate in academic, cultural and social workshops and be paired with a mentor before the semester begins. The program is designed specifically for students of color and is highly encouraged for Multicultural Advancement, Lloyd M. Cofer and Pathways scholars.

What does IMPACT consist of?

IMPACT is a two-day workshop that takes place before Leadership Safari and the academic year begin. During this event, you’ll participate in one-on-one and small group meetings that focus on a variety of topics related to your successful transition into CMU. During this time, you also will be paired with a peer mentor. The second part occurs throughout the academic year with regular meetings with your peer mentor. You’ll meet both one-on-one and in small groups to navigate your first year of college.

What is the role of my peer mentor?

Your peer mentor will act as a guide as you embark upon your journey here at CMU. All peer mentors are upperclassmen and are active on campus. Your peer mentor will be with you throughout the IMPACT program and meet with you throughout the semester in order to ensure your success here at CMU.

What is the role of my peer mentor? Why should I attend IMPACT?

The IMPACT staff is made up of over 125 CMU students, who volunteer their time to assist in the transitioning of new students into CMU.  These students are active on campus and they excel inside and outside of the classroom.  They are committed to ensuring that incoming students of color have connections to students that can assist them during their time here at CMU.

IMPACT is a fun and high energy program that will give you access to campus resources before you start classes. It will also connect you with other incoming students of color. Lastly, you will receive advice from CMU faculty, staff members and upperclass students who will prepare you for your academic course work. Students who attend IMPACT report feeling more prepared for CMU and more connected to the resources CMU offers.

Do I have to be a student of color to attend?

No, IMPACT is open to all students. The program, however, was designed to meet the unique needs of incoming freshman and transfer students of color.

Do I have to attend Leadership Safari if I want to attend IMPACT?

Yes, students who attend IMPACT are required to attend Leadership Safari. IMPACT is a free program, however, the fee to attend Leadership Safari is $125. If you have any questions regarding Leadership Safari, please contact the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute at (989) 774-1548 or safari@cmich.edu.

What if I cannot afford to attend Leadership Safari?

Students with demonstrated financial need may request a fee waiver.  If a student has an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of between $0 and $5,000 per year, as determined by the FAFSA, they are eligible for a fee waiver.  Please refer to this page to apply for the fee waiver program. 

Partial fee waivers will subsidize conference fees, bringing the cost of registration down to $50.  Students with an Expected Family Contribution of $5,001 to $10,000, as determined by FAFSA, are eligible.  This financial support is made possible in large part to the generosity of generous alumni who give back to this program!  Please refer to this page to apply for the fee waiver program.

As an IMPACT participant, when will I be allowed to move in?

You will be allowed to move into your residence hall on August 20, 2020 beginning at 9 a.m. You may check in to your room at the front desk of your assigned residence hall. 

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the Student Activity Center (SAC). All participants are expected to have completed all last minute errands, checked into their residence halls and completed the IMPACT registration process before attending the Welcome Ceremony.

What if I can only attend part of the CMU IMPACT and/or Leadership Safari Program?

We require students to be present at all program related activities. If you do not attend all of the scheduled programming, a fee of $400 will be charged to your student account. If you register for the IMPACT program and do not show up or do not cancel you will also be charged a fee of $150. If you have extenuating circumstances, contact us directly.

Are the Chippewa Achievement Program (CAP) students eligible to participate in IMPACT?

Yes, CAP students are eligible to participate in the IMPACT program.

How can I stay connected to the IMPACT Program?

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For any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at (989)-774-3016 or impact@cmich.edu