First-Generation Advising and Mentoring

Empower Me First (EMF) provides academic success advising and mentoring to undergraduate first-generation students at the University of Miami, whether it be for academic or personal support.

 Academic Success Advising

Academic Success Advising appointments

Students can schedule appointments on Monday-Friday using Navigate with the staff member by clicking the "Meet with me" button under their information.

What is the difference between my academic advisor and our advising?
Your academic advisor is able to assist you with course registration, academic curricular planning, and fruitful conversations about other interests you may have.

Advisors on the Empower Me First team can speak with you and assist you regarding anything in your relation to your transition to college life, whether personal, academic, or professional in nature. EMF advisors are NOT able to register you for courses—only your academic advisor can assist with that. 

Examples of support services students may seek assistance with include:

  • Navigating the transition to college life
  • Creating an academic success plans
  • Seeking help and resource guidance
  • Time management strategies
  • Applying to graduate and professional school

Professional Staff & Graduate Assistant

Micah Johnson

Associate Director, Empower Me First

What did you study in college?

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and my Master's degree in College Student Development and Administration.

What were you involved in?

I served as a Resident Assistant, the Vice Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi, on the University Quiz Bowl Team and I also interned in the President's Office at Huston-Tillotson University.

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Khadija Moody

Graduate Assistant, Empower Me First

Graduate Degree: 

Master of Health Administration

Graduate Major:

Health Management and Policy

Campus Involvement:  I am involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and I serve as the Master of Health Administration Senator for the Graduate Student Association, as well as a mentor for the Master of Health Administration program.

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