PAACT (Pledging to Advance Academic Capacity Together) is a four-day program that focuses on the successful transition of incoming Black first-year students. The program’s emphasis is on academic success, community building, personal and professional development, and networking with peers, faculty, staff, and alumni. The PAACT program was initiated in 1998, and has been known for the caliber of student leaders that not only succeed in the program, but also succeed at the university level and beyond. As a student in the PAACT Program, you will have an opportunity to learn about university resources first hand and gain guidance and advice from faculty, alumni, current students, and career professionals. The goal of the PAACT program is to ensure that students arrive and thrive as they enter the University of Florida.
The program will take place August 16 – 19, 2017, is free of charge, and open to interested incoming students. Participants will be allowed to move into their residence halls early and all program supplies will be provided. We will also cover the cost of most meals during the program. Throughout the program, our outstanding peer volunteer team will work with you and serve as mentors throughout the program, leading small group discussions and guiding you during their time in the program. These peer mentors are committed to serving and helping each of you in any way possible through answering questions, giving advice, and encouraging you in your first year. Past PAACT participants have found that this experience was the catalyst to their success at the University of Florida, as they learned to navigate the university inside and outside of the classroom. If you are interested in this program, please be sure to RSVP and fill out the attached form with your name, email, and shirt size. We will provide more information on location and other logistics as the program approaches.