About Us-CMARC - Carnegie Mellon University

About Us

Our History

The Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) was founded under the name Carnegie Mellon Action Project (CMAP) in 1968. Its original purpose was to aid the university in recruiting African American students and provide them with subsequent academic and supportive services to assure their progress toward graduation. In the fall of 1991, Hispanic and Native American students became a part of CMAP’s target population. In the spring of 2005, after evaluating Carnegie Mellon’s advising needs and in adherence with new educational mandates, CMAP transitioned to the Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC). It has refocused its advising efforts and broadened its audience without losing sight of the university’s commitment to diversity.

Our Mission

The Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) is committed to supporting students in their academic and personal development. We work with students to maximize their educational experience by promoting informed and responsible decision making. As an advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, CMARC promotes social and academic networks between peers, communities, and cultures.

Our Vision

To build a supportive, intellectual and social community across diverse cultures and empower students to excel on their path toward academic and personal success.

Our Guiding Principles

  • All ethnic minority students CAN be successful at Carnegie Mellon. We assume competency and maintain a high standard of performance.
  • We recognize a great deal of diversity within this diverse group and accept each student as an individual with a different life story.
  • We ascribe to intrusive holistic directive advising. This requires us to play different roles in our advising relationships.
  • We assist students to understand, interpret and negotiate the expectations attached to the academic and social culture at Carnegie Mellon.
  • We emphasize community engagement as a major component in retention.
  • We strongly encourage and facilitate peer mentoring, group study and role modeling. This helps reduce the feelings of isolation that can result from the absence of a critical mass of ethnic minority students.
  • We believe in collaborating, partnering, and working cooperatively with Carnegie Mellon departments, corporations, alumni, and parents to support student success.