Leadership Learning Communities

Friendships that span far past your first hello. Exciting conversations that change your perspective. Mentors 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 one of the Residential Faculty suites. We will provide an up to date calendar of program dates soon! 

Participants are also required to attend two of the three Experience Miami trips which take place on Sundays in the second half of the Fall Semester. 

Application Information: Participant applications for First Year U are now open! Applications are due on Friday, August 31st by 5:00PM to the Butler Center for Service and Leadership (Shalala Student Center, Suite 204). Apply Here!


Leadership UMiami


Leadership UMiami is a cohort style, co-curricular, nine-week intensive leadership immersion program exploring concepts related to democracy and social change. Sophomore, Junior and Senior 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 four-day experience where students are able to see how democracy is achieved in the nation’s capital.  

Through this program students will:

  • Uncover/Discover personally what democracy means to you and the community issues you care about.
  • Engage with other students around community issues important to you and advocate for those in a semester long project.  
  • Take your personal passions and learn how to make those a priority in a community in which you live. 
  • Speak directly to community leaders that have fought for social issues important to you. 
  • Gain an understanding of yourself through professional development and community activities that will enhance your career and life goals.  
  • Travel to Washington DC for a 4-Day experience to see how you can make positive social change on the things you personally care about and love. 

Apply to be selected for this leadership community designed to connect and empower students who are passionate about the issues significant to them. 

At the completion of the program, participants will:

  • Be recognized by University Administration at final luncheon banquet
  • Receive a Leadership UMiami Medallion for graduation 
  • Receive Certificate with honor as a Leadership UMiami Graduate 

Program Requirements: Eligible students for Leadership UMiami may be sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate students as of the Fall 2018 semester with a 3.0 GPA in good standing with full-time status at the University of Miami. Regular cohort meetings will take place Friday afternoons from 1:15PM-3:15PM. All of the sessions are MANDATORY for participants, including the beginning of the Thanksgiving Recess for the Washington, D.C. Experience. The official dates of each session including the dates for the Washington, D.C. Experience will be provided as we get closer to the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Sessions: The program consists of nine weekly sessions that will feature dialogues, professional development activities and community visits. This will expose you to the local democratic process and to enhance your civic mindedness. 

Community Leadership Visits and the D.C. Experience: Local community visits and a final trip to Washington D.C. will provide access to historical civic centers, community leaders and policy making procedures to help discover your role within the process. Visits in the nation’s capital will include sit-down visits with elected officials, experiencing congress in session, tours of national museums and exploring social issues in the nation’s capital.

Professional Development and Civic Experiences: Students selected will be required to participate in two professional development experiences and two civic experiences within the community. This will allow you the opportunity to see and experience democracy and social change first hand. 

Application Information: Transfer Student Participant applications for Leadership UMiami are OPEN! Please apply by Wednesday, August 29th at 11:59PM. Apply Here!