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Health & Wellness

As a parent or a family member of a student, you play a valuable role in their well-being. Here are some tips from the Healthy ‘Cane Network to help support them:

  • Become familiar with the range of well-being programs and services available to students both on and off campus. Encourage your student to utilize these resources regularly.
  • Start a conversation with your student about potentially risky behaviors, such as alcohol and other drug consumption or sexual activity. In this conversation, be an active listener, convey trust in your student’s decision-making ability, and set clear expectations.
  • During the first six weeks of college, students are the most vulnerable to peer pressure and binge drinking. Talk to your student about the University’s medical amnesty policy and encourage them to intervene when they see a harmful situation.
  • Check in regularly with your student about their academic performance and social life but respect their boundaries.

Remember, at the U, ‘Canes Care for ‘Canes. For more family well-being resources, check out this new page!


Important Dates


Parent Advice


Preparedness Works! Keeping You and Your Student Informed

August 24th marked the 30-year anniversary of Hurricane Andrew and as we approach the historical peak of hurricane season reminds us of the importance of preparation.

We had so many great conversations with new parents and loved ones during orientation, but the 4 key points related to emergency preparedness apply to all students and we need your help with ensuring your student is prepared.

Given the time of year the most important step that needs to be completed is ensuring your student has a hurricane evacuation plan in place. Students living on-campus will be directed to self-evacuate if a category 3 or greater storm is forecast to impact Miami. Students living off-campus should also find out if they live in an evacuation zone.

The University of Miami, and more importantly our community, is resilient, but resiliency is only possible through preparation. Thank you for working with us to ensure your student has a plan in place for what are very rare, but potentially impactful events.




Peer Mentorship Programs to Assist Students with their Transition

At the U, there is an array of peer mentorship programs that are in place and well underway. Peer mentorship programs are powerful tools to aid your student in their transition into their new community.

Here are five tips when it comes to discussing peer mentorship resources with your student:  

  1. Ask them if they have had a chance to connect with a peer mentor.  
  2. Ask them if they understand the role of their peer mentor.   
    • Peer mentors help students become familiar with campus resources, assist with community building and bonding, role model community expectations and guidelines, and encourage the development of academic and life skills.   
  3. Ask them if they know which department oversees their peer mentor.  
    • Faculty and staff oversee peer mentorship programs. These University employees are also readily available to provide the support your student may need.   
  4. Encourage them to seek out mentorship for aspects of their identity that they are interested in exploring.    
  5. Encourage them to check their e-mail and engage often to find out about programming opportunities which will allow them to meet more students and get more engaged with the campus community.




Delegate/Proxy Set up and Understanding FERPA

CaneLink Access for Families - While enrolled in high school, legal guardians had access to all educational records of their student. However, once a student enrolls in a post-secondary institution like the University of Miami, all rights revert to the student only.

Proxy Access - At the University of Miami, only students will have access to their academic records now that classes have begun, unless the student assigns proxy access to others.  Now is the perfect time for students to confirm proxy access, and for proxies to confirm if they completed all steps to finalize proxy set-up. You can contact ’Canes Central for more information or for assistance on authorizing a proxy/delegate.




A Note from Dr. Whitely & Dean Stampino

We are in full swing at the U! We have wrapped up an outstanding ’Cane Kickoff – welcoming the newest students and some of you, their families, to our community. Welcome back to those families whose student is returning. Our students have started campus jobs, research, involvements, and classes, maybe a few have already taken a quiz or two. This is the perfect time for our students to plan ahead—review syllabi, schedule tutoring, create a wellness plan complete with fitness classes, and pick a student organization to develop tangible leadership skills.

Please encourage your student to reach out to their advisor with questions about their current courses and their curricular path. Important dates may always be found in the Academic Calendar, especially the last days to Drop a course without a W (September 7) and to Drop a course (October 28). This is going to be a fun and exciting semester so planning ahead will be crucial to our students’ success.

 As we are planning for the rest of the semester, we also prepare for unexpected circumstances, including the reality of hurricanes in our tropical climate. As shared in this edition, our Office of Emergency Management has many resources to consider when devising a plan with your student. Safety and security are our constant top priority, and we appreciate your partnership for our students. Similarly, please encourage your student to put a current phone number for a parent or guardian within CaneLink. We are always here to support, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance.

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, Greek life, the Dean of Students Office, and the Camner Center for Academic Resources.

Dean Maria Galli Stampino has served as the Dean of Undergraduate Affairs since 2020. Her time at the University of Miami, however, began in 1996. She served as an Assistant Professor before being promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2013. Dean Stampino oversees all aspects of undergraduate education collaborating with our faculty, School and College deans, and Provost.  In the classroom, she teaches both language and culture courses in Italian and English.


Family Weekend


Family Weekend Registration

Family Weekend 2022 provides you the opportunity to visit with your student and take part in numerous activities and events that are planned for your enjoyment.

Online registration is open now through Thursday, Sept. 22, and on-site registration will be available. To register online, family members must set up a CaneLink proxy account. For more information, email



Produced by Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement, the Family Resource Guide is designed specifically for families of current undergraduate students and includes a variety of resources for academics, student life, campus safety, and other critical resources.


Fall 2022 Commencement - If your student is graduating in December 2022, you are encouraged to join the Commencement listserv.  This will allow you to receive information sent to graduates, including deadlines, and the most up to date information for Commencement.



Student Note

Welcome to the 2022-2023 academic year! There is much excitement and hope in the air as new and returning ‘Canes make their way back to campus.  

As the new school year begins, I am reminded of that fresh feeling I had when I stepped on to campus for the first time in 2019. For my parents this is also a special time of the year as I near one step closer to graduating and achieving the first degree in our family.  

Every night I come home with the excitement of relating to them the story of my day and even sharing a little bit of what I’ve learned in my classes. It’s their excitement and words of encouragement that make the stressful midterm and final exam seasons tolerable.  

As I begin to close out my ‘Cane journey, I recall a commonly used phrase on our campus—“’Canes care for ‘Canes”. My parents became ‘Canes the day I enrolled at the University of Miami and have shown me how to care for a ‘Cane. As a senior, I hope to leave behind some of their advice, sharing it with all the members of our ‘Cane family.  

Tatiana Alvarado is a senior majoring in Business Law and Political Science. She is a commuter student from Miami, FL. On-campus she serves as an Orientation Program Coordinator, Student Government Treasurer and as an active member of Hurricane Productions, the Homecoming Executive committee, the Association of Commuter Students and as a Teaching Assistant for Business Technology.



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Lowe Art Museum offers unique, immersive experience

The University’s on-campus museum offers programming for students, faculty and staff members, and the greater community to fully engage themselves in all the facility has to offer—free admission included.


Psychology team hopes to increase mental health care for Muslim Americans

Psychology professor Amy Weisman de Mamani, and graduate students Salman Shaheen Ahmad and Merranda McLaughlin, have started a research project to better understand and address the gaps in mental health care for Muslim Americans.


Water aerobics heals, strengthens, and soothes

Aqua exercises can prevent and mend injuries and help you to remain healthy in body and mind, according to a specialist at the Miller School of Medicine.


University team joins national effort studying Asian monsoons

Rosenstiel School professor emeritus Elliot Atlas and six other researchers are spending August in South Korea to collect air samples that could unravel what chemical elements the summer Asian monsoon system brings into the atmosphere.


Two-day extravaganza showcases UTrailblazers and Black student

To honor the University’s first Black graduates and students and introduce The Taylor Family/UTrailblazers Experience, the event included a dedication ceremony, a benefit concert featuring a Grammy-winning artist, and a celebration at the Rathskeller.


Student Government leaders ready to give peers full support

Jamie Williams-Smith, Chika Nwosu, and Tatiana Alvarado have been hard at work building their administration, tackling initiatives, and connecting their counterparts with resources that support diversity, inclusivity, and success.


Researchers shed new light on gopher tortoises

Biology associate professor Christopher Searcy and graduate student Leyna Stemle are studying the behavior of the young reptiles to help protect the species, which is key to the survival of many other native organisms.