Download the application here.
First Year U: Learning, Leadership & Community (FYU) is an innovative
leadership initiative at the University of Miami – the first of its kind in
terms of purpose and partnerships. FYU, which runs from September through
November, is designed to provide first-year students the opportunity to
learn about leadership in non-traditional ways, make connections with
faculty and explore Miami.
The program looks to promote discourse that pushes beyond traditional
paradigms of positional leadership and challenges students to take ownership
over their holistic educational experience. The program is a mix of large
group sessions on thematic topics and smaller, cohort-based experiences in
the residential areas. Commuter students are paired with a residential
college as well. Smaller discussions emphasize central themes such as
diversity, leadership, owning your experience – all toward the common goal
of responsible citizenship that capitalizes on translating what you have
learned inside and outside the classroom into action.
Throughout October and November, participants will explore the community
through 'Experience Miami' trips. These experientially based trips provide
the chance to gain a first-hand perspective on various topics within the
South Florida community. The program begins with a kick-off event and
concludes with a closing banquet. The undergraduate academic fellows and
commuter assistants provide additional support, resources and opportunities
for the participants in the program.
FYU is open to all first year students, including first year commuters.
Students must be available on Monday nights 6 to 8 p.m. for the 2016 FYU
can I apply?
Applications are due to the Butler Center (Shalala Student Center 204) by
5 p.m. on Friday, September 2nd, 2016. You can also submit your application to a
Butler Center staff member during Orientation!
Download the application here.
Team Building and Bonding Day
Sunday, September 11 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, September 12 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Dinner to meet Faculty & Student Facilitators
All sessions will be comprised of a large group presentation followed by
small group discussions done in cohorts and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
Session topics include: Race and Ethnicity, Democracy and Political Engagement, Environmentalism and Public Health.
Monday, September 19
Monday, September 26
Monday, October 10
Monday, October 17
Saturday, October 1 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, November 11 – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Experience Miami Trips
From Oct. 16 to Nov. 6, participants will be asked to complete two of the
three Experience Miami trips offered. Experience Miami trips are led by
esteemed faculty and community leaders and will demonstrate to participants
how their academic expertise can be translated into community leadership and
advocacy for social change.
Sunday, October 16
Sunday, October 30 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Sunday, November 6 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Monday, November 14 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Closing Banquet & Dinner in South Florida