Advising and Academic Support

The University of Miami defines a first-generaton student as a domestic student whom neither parent or guardian has graduated with a 4-year college degree. Students who have sibilings attending or who have graduated from college are still considered first-generation.


Empower Me First provides one-on-one and group advising for over 1,800 first-generation and underrepresented undergraduate students at the university. Additionally, EMF works with campus and community partners to provide outreach support for students in the form of programs, workshops, and professional development opportunities.

Examples of support services students may seek assistance with include:

  • Time management
  • Creating an academic success plan for GPA improvement
  • Applying to graduate and professional school
  • Navigating the transition to college life

Advising appointments with Whitley Johnson

Students can make advising appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays using Navigate by clicking here



Empower Me First Graduate Student

Temitope Abisoye

Temitope Abisoye is a graduate student from Atlanta, GA. She is pursuing a Masters in Nutrition at the University of Miami. She also attended the University of Miami as an undergraduate student. During her time here, she was the Vice President of the African Students Union, a research assistant, a mentor to high school students, and a student employee. Through these different avenues, she was able to connect to students from different backgrounds, which helped her advise students. For her, it is important to keep an open mind and open ears of the world around her so that she can learn and better help herself and those around her. She enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to good music, and reading.