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. 

Program Eligibility: The program is open to all current first-generation undergraduate students and university faculty and staff members. Faculty and Staff members are not required to identify as first-generation college graduates.


Program Time Commitment: For the 2020-2021 the mentoring program will be conducted virtually. Selected mentors and mentees are expected to meet virtually at least twice per month with the exception of December, January and May.

The Empower Me First mentoring program applications for 2020-2021 are now OPEN!

Interested student mentees, please click HERE to begin your application.

Interested Faculty and Staff Mentors please click HERE to begin your application.


2020-2021  Program Timeline

August 17 - Sept 4: Applications Open 
Sept 8 - Sept 18: Application Review
Sept 21- Sept 24: Selection Letters Emailed
Sept 30: Mentor Mentee Mixer (4pm-5pm)
Oct 16: Mentor-Mentee Agreement Due 


If you have any questions, please e-mail the Empower Me First Staff at