The Butler Center for Service and Leadership hosts two living and
learning communities for students interested in fully immersing themselves
in active citizenship. These students are a part of something that is more
than just a student organization; they are part of communities that give
participants the opportunity to not only serve the community but also
understand why it is important to do so. Through in-depth discussions,
engaging lectures and exciting tours of the city, students learn not only
the value of service but also the different ways of becoming an active
citizen and an effective leader of the community.
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. The program is a mix of large group sessions on
thematic topics and smaller cohort-based experiences in the residential
areas. The discussion sessions include topics such as ethics, civic
engagement, environmental sustainability, entrepreneurship and
globalization. The discussions are supplemented with activities such as
off-campus team building experiences and community trips. Faculty and
community leaders lead the community trips, and they demonstrate to
participants how their academic expertise can be translated into
community leadership and advocacy for social change. All these
activities are directed toward the common goal of responsible
citizenship that capitalizes on translating lessons learned in the
classroom to action outside of it.
STRIVE is a service-based living and
learning community housed in Pearson Residential College with all
upperclassmen members of the organization living on the same floor.
STRIVE members engage directly with the community through service events
planned by its members. STRIVE members also go through a leadership
development program designed to help them become stronger and more
effective leaders both on and off campus.
To learn more about these communities and
how to join, please click the links on the navigation bar to the right.