Leadership Learning Communities

First Year U

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. 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 (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 building 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. These sessions are complemented with an off-campus team-building experience and experiential trips within the greater Miami community. All of 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.

Applications will open August 2022.


Leadership UMiami

Program Overview:

Leadership UMiami is an intensive and interactive leadership program exploring democracy and social change, which culminates in a week long, immersive trip uncovering democracy in Miami and throughout Washington, D.C.

Take your leadership to new heights and apply to be selected as one of the members of the Leadership UMiami 2022-2023 class.

Do you care about climate change?

Do you care about the future of education?

Do you care about health care reform?

Through this program you 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 and 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.

Elevate your personal potential and join a select community of students who will gain opportunities to personally connect with leaders in the community of Miami, state leaders and those serving in our nation's capital.

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 2022 semester with a 3.0 GPA in good standing with full-time status at the University of Miami. Seniors who wish to apply must be graduating in the Spring 2023 or Summer 2023 semesters.

Applications for Leadership UMiami will open in the Fall 2022 semester

Please contact the Butler Center for Service and Leadership at leadandserve@miami.edu if you have any questions about the program.