Leadership Learning Communities

Friendships that span far past your first hello. Exciting conversations that change your perspective. Mentor’s to call on for some of life’s toughest academic and personal questions. Memories of exploring a beautiful city that quickly becomes home. Fully immerse yourself in a community that helps you discover your passion and pushes you to grow in unimaginable ways for the betterment of our world. Prepare to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

First Year U

First Year U (FYU) is a leadership program held during the fall semester for first-year students. Designed to provide students an opportunity to learn about leadership in non-traditional ways, FYU creates connections with other students and UM faculty while exploring the Miami community. The program is a mix of large group discussions on current topics and smaller cohort-based experiences in the residential areas. Sessions explore topics related to public health, civic engagement, environmental sustainability, and race and ethnicity. The discussions are complimented with off-campus team building experiences and community trips. All these activities are directed toward the common goal of responsible citizenship that capitalizes on translating lessons learned in the classroom to changemaking outside of it.

Program  Requirements: Eligible students for First Year U are current first-year college students in good-standing and full-time status at the University of Miami. Weekly discussion meetings will take place Monday evenings from 6:00PM-8:00PM in the Stanford Residential Faculty Suite. Each of the following sessions are MANDATORY for participants:

  • Monday, September 11th
    • Kick-Off Dinner 6-8PM 
  • Sunday, September 17th
    • Team Building Day-9AM-3PM
  • Monday, September 18th
  • Monday, September 25th 
  • Monday, October 2nd
  • Monday, October 9th 

Participants are also required to attend two of the three listed Experience Miami trips. Trips typically occur between 9 AM-3 PM:

  • Sunday,October 22nd
  • Saturday, October 29th 
  • Sunday, November 5th 

Application Information: Participant applications for First Year U in the Fall of 2017 are due to the Butler Center for Service and Leadership(SC 204) by 5 pm on Friday, September 1st. Download the application today!


Leadership UMiami

Leadership UMiami is a cohort style, co-curricular, eight-week intensive leadership immersion program exploring concepts related to democracy, citizenship and social change. Sophomore and Junior level student participants have the opportunity to learn about civic participation in Miami, while uncovering their own civic identities and roles in the democratic process. The program culminates with a trip to Washington, D.C. for a three-day experience where students are able to see how democracy is achieved in the nation’s capital.  

Program  Requirements: Eligible students for Leadership UMiami are current sophomore and junior students in good-standing and full-time status at the University of Miami. Regular cohort meetings will take place Friday afternoons from 1:00PM-3:00PM. Each of the following sessions are MANDATORY for participants:

  • Friday, September 15th 
  • Friday, September 29th
  • Friday, October 6th 
  • Friday, October 20th
  • Friday, October 27th
  • Friday, November 3rd
  • Friday, November 10th 
  • Friday, November 17th 
  • DC Experience - Friday, November 17th - Tuesday, November 21st 

Application Information: Participant applications for Leadership UMiami are due via the Butler Center for Service and Leadership OrgSync portal by 5 pm on Friday, September 8th. Apply today!