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William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development

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Welcome to the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development at the University of Miami! We offer a wide range of volunteer and advocacy-based service opportunities for UM students, staff and local community members including one-day special events, classroom experiences, ongoing involvement with over 40 service organizations and volunteer opportunities during fall and spring break.

Additionally, we challenge students to think about leadership beyond the traditional leadership paradigm, thereby gaining an understanding of different approaches to civic engagement. The Butler Center works toward developing the leadership potential of students in all academic disciplines, as well as raising the overall standard of student leadership at UM.

We encourage you to explore our website or stop by our office in the Shalala Student Center, Room 204, to learn more about how to get involved and make a difference in your life and the lives of others! You can also call us at 305-284-4483 or contact us via e-mail at

Connect with the Butler Center and get engaged your First Year at the University of Miami.

Orientation Outreach
Join the Butler Center for Service and Leadership for the volunteer kickoff event that brings together over 300 first-year and transfer students from the University of Miami. Volunteering at Orientation Outreach is a great way to become engaged with service during your very first week as a `Cane and will give you a chance to dive into what it means to be a #UMchangemaker - Sign up at

First Year U: Learning, Leadership & Community (FYU)
First Year U
First Year U (FYU) is a leadership initiative held during the fall semester for first-year students. FYU is designed to provide these students with an opportunity to learn about leadership in non-traditional ways, make connections with UM faculty and explore the Miami community.
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STRIVE is University of Miami’s first and only living and learning community based on three pillars: community, leadership, and service.
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IMPACT Leadership Retreat
IMPACT (Individuals Maximizing Potential And Creating Tomorrows) is a weekend leadership retreat where carefully selected emerging leaders begin to define and identify what it will take to recognize their potential.
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