Since 1960, Freshman Forum has provided leadership education and training as well as civic engagement opportunities for students at the Capstone. Freshman Forum is centered on the values of leadership, scholarship, and service. Through Freshman Forum, freshman students build a network of peers, faculty, and staff across campus, gain an awareness of campus resources, and develop their personal leadership identity.

What is Freshman Forum?

Freshman Forum is a network of freshman students seeking personal and professional development through interactive discussion, leadership training, and civic engagement led by former members who strive to unlock participant’s unique potential.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will formulate their personal leadership identity.
  • Students will design a foundational plan for their Capstone experience.
  • Students will build skills relevant to leadership work, including self-assessment, dialogue and listening, and critical thinking.
  • Students will expand their personal frame of reference to include different perspectives, values, and cultures.
  • Students will develop a network of peers, UA professional staff, and Tuscaloosa community members.
  • Students will be able to describe the importance of ethical leadership.
  • Students will be able to defend the importance of civic engagement.
  • Students will experience a successful transition to the Capstone.

Requirements for Freshman Forum Students

Before applying for Freshman Forum, please review the requirements of Freshman Forum members listed below.

  1. Attend all Freshman Forum sessions (Wednesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m.).
  2. Participate in the Civic Engagement Project Service Day in fall semester and Group Planned Project in spring semester.
  3. Contribute to dialogue during Freshman Forum sessions.
  4. Engage in social and service opportunities.
  5. Complete each activity/project built into the Freshman Forum curriculum.
  6. Participate in Out 2 Lunch.
  7. Design and present an ePortfolio Capstone Plan.
  8. Pay $40 in program fees.

Application and Interview Timeline for 2021

Application Deadline: September 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Notification for interviews: September 10, 2021
Interviews: September 15, 2021

Apply for Freshman Forum

2021-2022 Freshman Forum Application

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort are due September 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

 

Meet the Freshman Forum Interns

Freshman Forum Small Groups are led by a team of Interns who are former participants in the program. Interns serve a primary role of facilitating Freshman Forum curriculum lessons as well as serving as a mentor to members of their small group to aid in preparing for the first year of college and future leadership journeys.

Marilou C - Freshman Forum Intern

“Through Freshman Forum, I learned that anyone can be a leader and to always do things you’re passionate about.”

Marilou Carr

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Major: Public Health – Pre Med
Hometown: Johnson City, TN

Lauren C. - Freshman Forum Intern

“Freshman Forum helped me have a place and I want to create a place for others.”

Lauren Coleman

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Phenix City, AL

Fernanda D - Freshman Forum Intern

“Freshman Forum taught me about my leadership skills and qualities as well as how to work in a group.”

Fernanda De La Mora

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Major: Advertising
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA 

Victor H - Freshman Forum Intern

“Through Freshman Forum, I learned that just because there’s more than one perspective doesn’t mean any of them are wrong.”

Victor Hagan

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Major: News Media
Hometown: Madison, AL

Raina H - Freshman Forum Intern

“While participating in Freshman Forum, I learned my personal leadership style!”

Raina Hooie

19-20 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Lester, AL 

Lizzie K - Freshman Forum Intern

“Freshman Forum helped me break out of my shell and meet people.”

Lizzie King

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Majors: Elementary Education, Criminology, & Criminal Justice
Hometown: Spanish Fort, AL 

Mason M - Freshman Forum Intern

“Freshman Forum taught me you are the best leader when you are the best version of yourself. Open your mind and learn from those around you.”

Mason McCool

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort
Majors: Kinesiology & Music Composition
Hometown: Gordo, AL 

Carter N - Freshman Forum Intern

“After participating in Freshman Forum, I learned to reach out first – making the first move socially or academically makes the situation more comfortable for everyone.”

Carter Nugent

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Majors: Economics & Political Science
Hometown: Metairie, LA 

Cristel R - Freshman Forum Intern

“Freshman Forum taught me to be open and not to be afraid to speak my opinion.”

Cristel Ruiz

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Majors: Marine Biology & Spanish
Hometown: San Diego, CA 

Carsyn S - Freshman Forum Intern

“After participating in Freshman Forum, I learned to always get involved!”

Carsyn Smiling

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Majors: Political Science & Public Relations
Hometown: Tiger, GA 

Kinley S - Freshman Forum Intern

“Being a freshman can be scary, but Freshman Forum allowed me to figure out who I am here as a leader.”

Kinley Smith

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Majors: English & Political Science
Hometown: Goodwill, LA 

Remie T - Freshman Forum Intern

“I joined Freshman Forum to get to know people while serving the community and breaking out of my shell.”

Remie Taylor

20-21 Freshman Forum Cohort Member
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Bessemer, AL