U-Lead is the annual leadership development pre-semester experience for 50 incoming first-year Miami students! It's a fun-filled, 4-day, interactive experience designed specifically to introduce students to opportunities at Miami and within the Oxford community.

Students learn about leadership through small group sessions, participate in a low and high ropes course, engage in team building, complete a local service project, and more!

U-Lead participants develop connections with one another, current Miami students, and staff at Miami over the 4 days, as the program is led by current undergraduate and graduate students. Participants will also think about extracurricular involvement and leadership opportunities so they can maximize their time at Miami and set themselves up for success!

2019 U-Lead Program

Jumpstart your Miami leadership journey by joining us for U-Lead 2019! 

  • August 19-22, 2019
  • Total Cost: $125 program fee & early-arrival housing fee (approx. $96)
  • Open to 50 incoming Miami first-year students

Registration for U-Lead 2019 opens at 5:00 pm on May 1 st and can be completed through the online registration form. Online registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer orientation attendance in June 2019 is required to participate in the U- Lead experience.

  • U-Lead participants are eligible for only one pre-semester program (i.e. cannot participate in both U-Lead and MADE@Miami).
  • Once the program reaches capacity (50), students will be accepted on a waitlist.
  • We expect students to register themselves.

U-Lead Fees

Program Fee: The $125 U-Lead program fee covers materials, meals/snacks, and all of the U-Lead program related expenses. This fee will be charged to your Bursar bill.

Early Arrival Housing Fee: If you are living on campus, you are also responsible for paying the early-arrival housing fee for the nights of Monday, August 19-Wednesday, August 21. The early-arrival housing fee is pro-rated every year and the total for the three nights of last year’s program was approximately $96. The Wilks Leadership Institute will put the request in for your arrival so you are able to use your ID card to get into your assigned residence hall and room. The early-arrival housing fee for the dates
above will be charged to your Bursar as well. Any early-arrival fees that you incur for arriving outside of the program date range are your responsibility and will be charged ata higher rate.

Scholarships Available: All registered students will receive information about applying for U-Lead
scholarships to help cover a partial amount of the $125 program fee.

Please email wilksleadership@miamioh.edu for more information. 

Cancellation Policy 

Students have until August 1, 2019 to cancel via email (sent to wilksleadership@miamioh.edu) at no penalty. If students cancel after August 1, 2019, they will be charged the $125 program fee regardless if they attend U-Lead 2019. 

For more information, email wilksleadership@miamioh.edu

2018 U-Lead photo montage

U-Lead Program Highlights

Day 1 begins at 3:00pm

  • U-Lead kickoff and dinner
  • Meet your Family Group
  • True Colors Inventory exploration

Day 2:

  • Low and high ropes course experience
  • Team building challenges
  • I Am From activity
  • Cultural competency session to learn about the importance of inclusive community at Miami
  • Dinner with U-Lead program alumni

Day 3:

  • Mapping Your Involvement to plan your leadership journey at Miami
  • Defining Service and understanding how to be an engaged community member
  • Lunch uptown in Oxford
  • Service projects in Oxford
  • Centering our core values to lead change
  • Late Night Miami activities at Armstrong Student Center

Day 4:

  • Closing Ceremony, Breakfast, and Commencement