Beyond the Horizons


What is Beyond the Horizons?

Beyond the Horizons is an engaging mentorship and student success program designed to assist incoming multicultural students in their transition from high school or other institutions to the University of Miami. The program begins following our Horizons Pre-orientation Program and continues for the full academic year. Students are paired with a trained peer mentor who will serve as both a guide and friend, as they provide insight into campus resources and share experiential gems on how to navigate what is beyond the horizons of their college experience. Each month students will have the opportunity to engage in a series of programs, events, and mixers that focus on developing community, service projects, academic success, leadership skills, and understanding matters of diversity and inclusion. 

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Program Goals

  • Incoming students are often met with apprehension when entering a new environment, our goal is to excite and prepare students for what is beyond the horizons of their first day at the University of Miami and beyond the horizons of their college experience.
  • Provide necessary tools, resources, and skills in order to promote increased retention and student success.
  • Assist students in finding involvement opportunities throughout the university.
  • Foster a sense of community and belonging by bringing together diverse groups of students through the intentional planning of activities and programs.

Program Objectives

  • Students who participate in BTH will be connected to campus resources and involvement opportunities.
  • BTH will offer support and student developmental opportunities specific to the needs of multicultural students.
  • Mentors and mentees will participate in monthly experiences in order to facilitate a successful transition for incoming students.
  • Students will learn how to navigate collegiate challenges, and develop cultural competencies, leadership skills, and academic success.

Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities 

  • Attend monthly BTH meetings.
  • Complete mentor/mentee progress diary.
  • Attend at least one (1) university event (can be student organization or departmental) per month.
  • Attend two (2) MSA events per semester.

Fall 2022 Calendar of Events (Tentative)

Event Title Date Time 
Mentor/Mentee Application Window Opens August 16th N/A
Mentor/Mentee Application Window Closes  August 26th N/A
Mentor Interviews August 27th - September 1st  N/A
Application Decisions & Announcements September 2nd
Kickoff Event - Bidding & Vision Boards September 8th 7:00pm
Ted Talk Series w/ Alumni Association September 29th 6:00pm
Community Service Event October 15th 10:00am 
Costume Party October 28th 6:00pm
Field Trip: Vizcaya November 12th TBD.
Breakfast Study Break (on Reading Day) December 8th TBD.

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Meet the Beyond the Horizons Team

  • Brittney Mensah | Project Coordinator
  • Lauren Lennon | Project Coordinator
  • Emilie Frias | Media Coordinator
  • Michael Robinson | External Project Coordinator
  • Kennedy Debow | Internal Project Coordinator

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