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.

2020-2021 Cohort

Gabriel Allen
Brody Barnett IV
Thomas Barnhill
Victoria Bedecs
Malea Benjamin
Lauren Bingham
Ryan Border
Annabelle Brewer
Walker Bunn
Ford Burton
Lauren Cagle
Andrew Carpenter
Olivia Carpenter
Jerold Carr
Marilou Carr
Madison Chapman
Lillian Clark
Lauren Coleman
Marlee Conner
Ella Cox
Katherine Dansereau
Fernanda De la Mora
Jacob Dunaway
Lewis Fischer
Alison Gaston
Mandi Genord
Sarah Gibson
Victor Hagan
Braden Hall
Brina Harden
Skylar Hayes
Tierra Haywood
Erroll Headen
Seth Hudson
Mary Kathleen Hughes
benjamin hundley
Jazmyne Isaac
J’Kia Isabel
Shelby Johnson
Alexander Kagan
Elizabeth King
Emily Kinsey
Turner Koch
Sydney Krebs
Anna Katelyn Kuhn
Andrew Lacoste
Lauren Lafrades
Blake Lester
Colby Lewis
Scarlett Maples
Mason McCool
Katherine McDonald
John McLendon
Caroline Mills
Madison Moore
Orlando Moore
Abilene Morthland
victoria myers
Grace Nation
Hunter Nelson
Carter Nugent
Franklin Nwokoye
Kaitlin O’Donnell
Erin O’Laughlin
Thalia Oltmanns
Gracie Parker
Tori Perkins
Elizabeth Prophet
Sarah Ann Ratliff
Briah Reed
John Richardson
Kiki Rosson
Cristel Ruiz
Samantha Salaj
Sydney Schopf
Lauren Scott
Keyshawn Sellers
Leelee Shaw
Walter Shelton
Morgan Shriver
Carsyn Smiling
Gabriella Smith
Kinley Smith
Greyson Taylor
Remie Taylor
Emma Trammell
Chase Travis
Abby Walker
Lacey Walker
Andrew williams
O’shea Woodruff
Christopher Yancey

 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 2020

Applications Available: May 14, 2020
Application Deadline: September 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Notification for interviews: September 11, 2020
Interviews: September 16, 2020

Apply for Freshman Forum

Applications for the 2020-2021 Cohort of Freshman Forum are closed. Look for the 2021-2022 application to open in May 2021!