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Preparing for a successful fall semester move-out

As the fall semester wraps up, Housing and Residential Life will be sending residents important information regarding closing procedures to their University email accounts. We ask that you encourage your student to check their email regularly to review the information sent to them.

Important dates related to closing are included in this newsletter, and information will be posted on HRL's website as it becomes available. 

Additionally, if your student lives in a partially empty room, suite, or apartment, HRL expects to assign new residents to these spaces. Therefore, residents should consider identifying other current residents that they would like to move in with them prior to the end of the semester.

Lakeside Village (sophomores, juniors, or seniors only) or University Village (60+ completed credits) continues to offer limited availability. Residents can submit their name to the waitlist via the On-Campus Housing Portal.

Lastly, your student will also receive instructions on how to apply for Winter Intersession housing if they are interested. Students do not have to be enrolled in winter courses to be eligible for winter housing, however, it is only available to students who are living on campus for Spring 2022.

If you or your student have specific questions or concerns, please contact HRL at or 305-284-4505.


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The University of Miami has a large and diverse community of veterans and military-connected students, faculty, and staff; and this community has a long and proud history entwined the University’s success. The Dean of Students Office has compiled an array of veteran student support services to support these students in their transition to the University as well as their continued success as a student.

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Veteran Students Organization (VSO) will host its annual speaking event at the Lakeside Village Pavilion on Thursday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a keynote speaker who will be joined by veterans from the University of Miami community.




What can I do as a parent?

Parenting looks different now that your young adult children are in college. There is no denying that the pandemic has added yet another layer of stress to an already complex phase of life. Instead of acting on the need to “do something,” take a moment to ask your student what they need from you.

Your children want to feel heard and listened to. Don’t shy away from direct observations or questions about their well-being. If you are concerned, let them know. It is a harmful myth that asking about mental health concerns or thoughts of harm will actually cause harm. In fact, we know the contrary to be true; expressing care and interest communicates support.

Know that you are not alone in caring for your child. The University offers a wide range of programs and services that support and enhance students' well-being. Specifically, the University's Counseling Center offers short-term individual therapy, group therapy, and referral resources as well as a counselor available 24/7 for more urgent needs.

Dr. Rebecca Schwartz is a staff psychologist with the University's Counseling Center. Her professional interests include eating disorders, identity development, gender and sexuality issues, relationship concerns, mood disorders, and health psychology.




Getting ready for the end of the semester

November is a celebratory time at the University of Miami. This week marks our annual Homecoming celebration, and we officially launched Ever Brighter: The Campaign for Our Next Century. These initiatives provide students with wonderful ways to connect with each other and the illustrious alumni of our University community.

As we progress towards Thanksgiving recess and the final weeks of the semester, students should begin preparing for their final exams, projects, and assignments. Encourage them to use these next few weeks to set themselves up for success and plan ahead so that they can have a restful Thanksgiving break.

For example, many of our campus resources like the Learning Commons and Camner Center for Academic Resources can be reserved ahead of time for later use. Lastly, consider what programs and services are available from areas like the Department of Wellness and Recreation or Counseling Center to identify future possibilities of stress relief.

Lasltly, I am pleased to report that our COVID-19 numbers have remained low, and we continue to actively monitor trends on campus and in the local area.

I hope that you and your families are able to enjoy a peaceful Thanksgiving later this month. If you or your student ever need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at

Dr. Patricia A. Whitely began her service as senior vice president for student affairs in 1997 and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Whitely is responsible for oversight of residential life, leadership development, diversity and inclusion initiatives, service learning, orientation, student organizations, student activities, student facilities, student counseling and student health centers, Greek life, the Dean of Students Office, and the Camner Center for Academic Resources.




Happy Autumn

It may be hard to believe, but we are more than halfway through the fall semester. October was a huge success with lots of special events and programs, including National Transfer Student Week. During this week, transfer students were able to connect with each other, learn about resources on campus, and attend fun events during the week planned by Tau Sigma and the Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement.

Starting this month, students will begin meeting with their advisors in preparation for course registration. I suggest students review their Academic Bulletin to create their plan of study and explore what courses they'd like to take. The University offers many interesting courses that relate not only to students' majors but also options for students looking to step out of their comfort zone. While selecting my courses, I read over the course titles and descriptions to get a preview of what to expect.

As we are finishing midterm season, I encourage my peers to take time to relax and disconnect. In order to succeed, it is important to make time for yourself, spend time with friends and family, or even treat yourself. It has been a challenging year and semester for all of us. Even during these unprecedented times, mental health is very important at the U. Remind your student to take it one day at a time, their hard work will be worth it at the end of the day!

Nathalia Torres is a senior majoring in Sociology and Criminology, and minoring in Health Management and Policy & Public Health. She is a transfer student from Miami Dade College, and currently serves as a Student Assistant. Nathalia is an active member of the President's 100, Category 5, Homecoming Executive Committee, HP Concerts, and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club.



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