Commuter Assistants are high-impact student leaders who provide mentorship, leadership, and programming opportunities for first-year commuter students. Commuter Assistants specialize in helping off-campus students transition to collegiate academics and find a niche on campus, as well as creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for all commuters. Commuter Assistants are experienced students who work with commuters in individual and group settings to connect them to other students, the campus, and any needed resources. All first-year students who live off campus are assigned to a Commuter Assistant.


The Commuter Assistants will facilitate the transition of first-year commuter students into college by providing steady guidance and engaging programs.  We aim to build bridges between diverse students in the melting pot that is the University of Miami in order to help them discover their passions and themselves.

Kaylin Yudice

Major: Biology, Global Health Studies
Minor: Chemistry, Entrepreneurship
Clubs and Organizations: Category 5 Internal Vice Chair, Presidents 100, College of Arts and Sciences Deans Ambassadors

Julian Villeta

Major: Psychology
Minor: Education and Theater Arts
Clubs and Organizations: OCSI

Ashley Caples

Ashley Caples

Major: Industrial Engineering
Minor: Psychology
Clubs and Organizations: National Society of Black Scholars (NSBE); Programming Council for Office of Academic Enhancement (OAE); Videographer for UM’s Football Team; Club Weightlifting Team

Aleksandra Peeva

Major: Health Management & Policy
Minor: Chemistry
Clubs and Organizations: OCSI , Camp Kesem

Samantha Salvi Cruz

Samantha Salvi Cruz

Major: Psychology
Minor: Chemistry and Sports Medicine
Clubs and Organizations: Camp Kesem Teen Leadership Program Coordinator
FAMILY Lab Research Assistant
Great Start Counselor
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
Association of Commuter Students (ACS)

Sophia Torres

Major: Health Management,
Policy and Public Health
Minor: Psychology
Clubs and Organizations: OCSI, Amino Healthcare Consulting Club


Our team of Commuter and Transfer Assistants are here to help answer questions you may have about campus resources and how to get involved. Make a virtual appointment with your Commuter Assistant or any of the members of our Commuter and Transfer Assistant Team.


Appointments are designed to assist current first-year commuter students and off-campus transfer students