About Us


The Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement (OCSI) supports new students and families through their transition to the University of Miami. OCSI facilitates programs and resources to successfully and holistically acclimate all new undergraduate students to the academic and social fabric of the institution.

To this end, the Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement:

  • Provides programs, resources, and education that support transition.
  • Empowers students to achieve their personal and academic goals in support of the University of Miami’s mission.
  • Engages parents and family members as partners in supporting student success.
  • Develops students as leaders who facilitate the successful transition of their new student peers.
  • Creates transitional interventions for special student populations including commuter students and transfer students.
  • Actively supports transfer and commuter students through advocacy and programming.

Contact Us

Stop by the Shalala Student Center, Suite 203 to meet the staff and learn more about our programs and services. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm (EST).

Phone: 305.284.5646
Email: orientation@miami.edu

Meet Our Professional Staff

Michael Baumhardt

Director, Programs


(305) 284-5646
Michael C. Baumhardt serves as the Director of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement. He is responsible for the annual implementation of a variety of transition programs for over 3,500 new students and their families. His areas of oversight includes New Student Orientation, Commuter & Transfer Student Involvement, First Year...

Stephanie Marie Fleitas

Associate Director, Programs


(305) 284-2660
Stephanie Fleitas serves as the Associate Director for the Department of Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement. She is responsible for the annual implementation of the Great Start Program, a pre-semester program for new commuter students, supervises the Commuter and Transfer Assistant Program and serves as the advisor...

Ashley Renee Brown

Administrative Assistant


(305) 284-9363

Colleen McCarthy



(305) 284-5646