Carnegie Mellon University


ORIGINS is a pre-orientation program focusing on diversity, inclusion and leadership development for historically and socially minoritized first-year students, specifically focusing on those social identities in gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, as well as those who are the first in their families to go to college (first generation).  ORIGINS programming will also continue throughout the academic year to keep students connected and supported.

This program allows incoming first-year students the opportunity to connect with various community members including upper-class students, faculty, staff and alumni. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the new Center Fellowship, a program designed to empower students for leadership roles across the university. The Center Fellowship, housed in the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, provides incoming and current students the leadership skills and campus networks to hold student leadership positions across the university as agents for social justice. Center Fellows may be sought for paid, volunteer or professional student leadership positions due to their co-curricular training. 

ORIGINS will be held in a hybrid format, meaning there will be an option to participate in-person or by virtual learning. ORIGINS activities and workshops for students will occur August 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2021. For those who can attend in-person, move-in for ORIGINS students will occur on Wednesday, August 18th (pending any changes to COVID safety protocols). Space is limited for the experience and registration is required by July 06, 2021. Participation in ORIGINS will not exclude students from taking advantage of other campus programs or initiatives, but rather serve as an additional student support.

Please note that Carnegie Mellon University is actively monitoring guidance and response  to the coronavirus outbreak. Planning is under development for the fall 2021 semester, and we will communicate updates accordingly with incoming students and families.

ORIGINS 2021 Pre-Orientation Program Schedule

This year ORIGINS will be in a hybrid format with sessions and resources offered virtually in synchronous format, and in-person sessions offered in small groups that follow COVID mitigation protocols. More information will be released as plans are finalized. A detailed schedule will be posted later this summer! We are excited to meet you at ORIGINS!