Through academic and cocurricular programs, hands-on learning experiences, and volunteer and leadership opportunities, CMU faculty, staff and students positively impact communities and lives around the globe.
Guiding youth along the right path
Niijkewehn Mentoring Program, a partnership between CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, is the only program in the nation in which Native American college students mentor Native American youth. Niijkewehn — interpreted as “the one that I walk on my path with” — pairs CMU students with Saginaw Chippewa Indian students.
Speaking of progress ...
Summer speech-language specialty clinics at CMU the past 70 years have helped nearly 6,000 children from around the world overcome their speech and language difficulties through six intensive weeks of therapy.
Establishing a tradition in leadership
Leadership Safari is a national model program that in 20 years has launched the college careers and increased the retention of more than 24,000 Chippewas. Now serving more than 2,100 students each summer, it acclimates them to campus life, helps them connect with each other and teaches them skills such as teamwork.
Giving back to communities worldwide
Through Alternative Breaks, CMU students
serve communities across the U.S. and around the world each semester. They served nearly 23,000 hours in fiscal year 2016, making CMU third in the nation in number of Alternative Break trips and fourth in number of participants.