Empower Me First

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We strive to assist underrepresented and first-generation students in their transition to college life and their pursuit of educational and career goals through fostering a community, guidance for navigating the University's resources, and academic support.

About Empower Me First

Empower Me First is part of the Academic Initiatives unit within the Office of Academic Enhancement and strives to guide first-generation students in their transition to college and pursuit of their educational and career goals.  Empower Me First provides academic success advising, mentoring, resource referral, and programming that supports academic excellence, builds community among other first-generation students, and celebrate their successes.  Empower Me First aligns with the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century initiatives. 

Who is a first-generation student?

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

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Office Location

Richter Library, Suite 224

Email: emf.oae@miami.edu 
Phone: 305-284-3187


Nationally Recognized:  First-Gen Forward Institution

The University of Miami is recognized as a First-Gen Forward Institution by NASPA's Center for First-Generation Student Success acknowledging the University's commitment to first-generation student success. 

First Forward Institution 

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