Leadership UMiami

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Leadership UMiami is a cohort style, co-curricular, 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 and Washington, D.C., while uncovering their own civic identities and roles in the democratic process. 


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 2019-2020 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 2019 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 2020 semester. The official dates for all MANDATORY sessions to participate in the program are:

Friday, October 4th - 1:25PM-3:25PM
Friday, October 25th - 1:25PM-3:25PM
Friday, November 15th - 1:25PM-3:25PM
Saturday, November 16th - 8:00AM-8:00PM
Monday, January 6th - Saturday, January 11th - Experience Democracy Trip in Miami and Washington, D.C. (Must be available for the entire trip.) 


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


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 one civic experience within the community. This will allow you the opportunity to see and experience democracy and social change first hand. 


Program Application:  Please fill out the following form in order to complete your application. Please note that you are required to upload a 2-minute video response to YouTube and provide the link for one of the questions. Do not worry about completing the application all at once, you can exit out at any time and resume your work from where you left off when you are ready. Please select "Save & Finish Later" in order to do this. 

Apply HERE!

Participant applications for Leadership UMiami are due by Monday, September 23rd at 11:59PM.


Program Fee:  A program fee of $150.00 is required of all selected participants and must be paid by October 1, 2019. Students who do not complete the program will be charged (by the University) for any additional program costs that are incurred. Students with financial need can make arrangements with the Butler Center professional staff members regarding a payment plan or a full program fee waiver.