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Empower Me First Mentoring Program

The goal of the Empower Me First Mentoring Program is to  connect undergraduate first-generation students with a faculty or staff mentor to assist in building social capital on campus and beyond. The program aims to provide  an additional measure of personal and academic  support for students as they navigate their college experience at the University of Miami  and navigate their pursuit of careers or  graduate  and professional school. 

  • Help students gain professional development and career direction while fostering a relationship with a faculty or staff member who can serve as a mentor or role model 
  • Time Management 
  • Creating academic success plan for GPA improvement 
  • Making the most of your undergraduate education 
  • Applying to graduate and professional school 
  • Navigating the transition to college 

Recorded Mentor Orientation

Program Details


  • Mentees: Currently enrolled UM first-generation college students 
  • Mentors: Current UM Faculty & Staff who earned a bachelor's degree

Time Commitment:

  • The Empower Me First Mentoring program is an acdemic year commitment for both mentees and mentors.
  • Selected mentees and mentors are expected to meet at least once per month, with the exception of December and May, and attend Empower Me First Mentoring program events as able.

Important Dates for Fall 2022 - Updated Schedule 9/7/22

Date Time Description Location
Monday, 8/15 Mentor and Mentee Applications Open Online
Wednesday, 8/31 5:00 PM UM Faculty & Staff Mentor Applications due Online
Friday, 9/2 5:00 PM Student Mentee Applications due Online
Wednesday, 9/14 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EMF Mentorship Reveal & Mixer Lakeside Village Pavilion
Wednesday, 9/21 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Student Mentee Orientation Lakeside Village Pavilion
Thursday, 9/22 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Faculty & Staff Mentor Orientation Virtual - Will be recorded
Tuesday, 10/25 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Mid-Terms Got You Spooked?  Mid-Semester Checkpoint for Mentees & Mentors TBA
Tuesday, 11/8 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM National First-Gen Celebration Day

Kislak Center at the University of Miami

Friday, 12/2 5:00 PM Deadline to submit semester reflection for both mentors and mentees Online



Faculty/Staff Mentor Application

Applications Closed
Faculty & Staff Apply Here

Student Mentee Application

Applications Closed
Students Apply Here


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