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, gender expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, as well as those who are the first generation in their families to go to college and Pell grant recipients.

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 inaugural 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 virtual format and will involve activities and workshops for students during the week of August 17, 2020. Space is limited for the experience and registration is required by July 24, 2020. Participation in ORIGINS will not exclude students from taking advantage of other campus programs or initiatives but rather serve as another 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 2020 semester, and we will communicate updates accordingly with incoming students and families.

ORIGINS 2020 Pre-Orientation Program Schedule

Below is the schedule for the ORIGINS 2020 program. The entirety of the program will occur virtually on the Zoom platform. Zoom links will be sent via email to the attendees the morning of August 16th. Please note all times below are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). All workshops will be recorded.

Sunday, August 16



Meet the ORIGINS staff and hear the history of ORIGINS. Parents and families are welcome.

Community Building


Hear directly from ORIGINS Ambassadors who will share their tips and tricks on how to navigate CMU and then facilitate activities for you.

Monday, August 17

Workshop: Getting ready for cmu


Learn more about eachother and CMU. In this session, we'll engage in conversation and activity to get to know the ORIGINS participants in a large group discussion with ORIGINS Ambassadors and share resources.

Community Building


ORIGINS Ambassadors will lead an activity with their cohorts.

Tuesday, August 18

Workshop: Campus Resources


Hear from The Hub, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) and Student Academic Success Center (SASC). Bring your questions!

Community Building


ORIGINS Ambassadors will lead an activity with their cohorts.

Wednesday, August 19

Workshop: Meet the Center and Center Fellowship Program


Learn about the Center as a resource and make introductions to the Center team. Learn about joining the Center Fellowship program, a program for student leadership development, and talk about your values and how they play a part in your leadership style.

Community Building


ORIGINS Ambassadors will lead an activity with their cohorts.

Thursday, August 20

virtual Center Team Drop-In Hours


Drop in to connect with members of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion team.

Friday, August 21

Tartan Scholars and ORIGINS Culminating social Event


Meet and mingle with fellow first year students in the Tartan Scholars program.