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Empower Me First

The University of Miami designated as a NASPA First-Gen Forward Institution


Office of Academic Enhancement Office of Academic Enhancement
Programs of Academic Excellence students during the annual Holler At A Scholar event.


The Office of Academic Enhancement (OAE) fosters a community of support for students that emphasizes academic excellence, campus engagement, and professional development.  The OAE introduces students to campus resources, advocates for and mentors students, and connects students with faculty and campus partners. Our office has three units: Academic Initiatives, Prestigious Awards & Fellowships, and Programs of Academic Excellence.

Empower Me First assists underrepresented and first generation students in their transition to college life and their pursuit of educational and career goals by providing academic advocacy, general advising, resource referral and academic support.

Prestigious Awards and Fellowships provides undergraduate students with a range of services to maximize their candidacy for nationally competitive awards, fellowships, and scholarships as well as fosters community among the Foote Fellows Honors students.

Programs of Academic Excellence provides academic support and mentorship to Stamps Scholars, Jenkins Scholars, Gates Scholars, and Hammond Scholars.