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First Year U: Learning, Leadership & Community (FYU)
Download the application here.

The Program
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.

Who can apply?
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 program.

How 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.

FYU Calendar
Team Building and Bonding Day
Sunday, September 11 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ropes Course

Kick-Off Dinner
Monday, September 12 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Dinner to meet Faculty & Student Facilitators

Group Sessions
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

Additional Events
Gandhi Day
Saturday, October 1 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

'Canes Summit
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.)

Closing Banquet:
Monday, November 14 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Closing Banquet & Dinner in South Florida

Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership
Butler Center for Service and Leadership
1330 Miller Drive, Room 204
Shalala Student Center
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Phone: (305) 284-4483
Fax: (305) 284-8828