Summer Arts Integration & Leadership Immersion Program (SAIL)


The University of Memphis Summer Arts Integration & Leadership (SAIL) Program provides rising 10th and 11th graders with an immersive academic and experiential learning opportunity in a residential, on-campus environment. Building upon the University's rich 110 year history, and offered in partnership with the UofM’s new Center for Arts Integration in Business Performance, a multidisciplinary center created by leading faculty and researchers in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics and the College of Communication & Fine Arts, SAIL provides an opportunity for students to live and learn in community over the summer while engaging with some of our University’s most dynamic thought leaders across all of our colleges, schools and academic programs. SAIL is designed to provide students with exposure to foundational and entrepreneurial academic concepts, which are necessary for future leadership and the workforce needs of tomorrow.


To Apply: Please see click the second tier "Program Details & Registration" in the accordion below.

Registration Timeline: April 17—May 15*

*Current University High students will be given priority status. Applications will be considered in the order they are received, so do not wait. Apply today!




Type of Program: Residential - Students will live in a UofM residential community, supported by UofM faculty and staff, and each day will feature time in the community, academic immersion, and a combination of service, leadership, and cultural activities to enhance their student experience. This program is designed for local, regional, national, and international students.
What is Arts Integration?

Arts Integration (A-I) is an educational/training practice wherein complex knowledge and skills are taught from arts overlays (e.g., history and leadership through dramatic enactments of Shakespearean plays; mathematics fundamentals through music, etc.). A-I education/training focuses on creative engagement,multi-sensory experiences with emotional enhancement, and highly collaborative/shared learning resulting in increased motivation and confidence, as well as more complex learning. You do not have to be an “artist” to benefit from A-I. The skills gained from A-I translate to a number of career fields and student development experiences. 

Program Details

Who: Rising 10th and 11th grade high school students 

Location: University of Memphis - Centennial Pace -  3615 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111

When: Sunday, June 4 (evening check-in) through Saturday, June 10 (morning check-out)

Cost: $800 (includes room & board, all meals, field trips, etc.). This fee is nonrefundable after April 30th. Scholarships are available!



Registration Limit: 50 Students

Please fill out our 2 minute interest form. Upon submission, we will be in touch! | Link

To register, complete the following steps:

  • Fill out the Application form by clicking | Link
    • Optional - Complete the Scholarship Section in the Application in case you need financial support.

A confirmation email noting your application has been recieved will be sent. Please note this email *saves your spot as a pre-registered student. Further instructions will be provided guiding you to complete the following steps:

  • Prioritize your Academic/Immersion Programming selection
  • Complete the Medical Form | Link
  • Submit the registration fee

*If you do not complete this process, your pre-registration will be considered incomplete, and you won't be able to participate in the program. 

Sample Schedule

8-8:30 AM | Breakfast

8:30-9 AM | Small Group

9-11 AM | Elective Academic/Immersion Programming 

11 AM-12 PM | Lunch/Free time

12-2 PM | Elective Academic/Immersion Programming 

2:30-5:30 PM | Community/Cultural Activity 

5:30-7 PM | Dinner with Small Group 

7-10 PM | Community time 

10 PM | Lights out

Elective Academic/Immersion Programs

See/Hear: How Memphis Film and Music Becomes Embedded in the Cityscape

This multimedia seminar focuses on the intersections of cultural productions -particularly music and film- and urbanism. The seminar will reveal how song- and film craft are often inseparable from the context in which they are created and, in turn, create new contexts to understand the architectural and built environments of place. Using Memphis' rich cultural history as the context, the seminar will ultimately reveal new ways to see and hear the histories embedded in the city itself.

Led by: Benjamin Schulman


Building your Personal Brand with Social Media

Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, or something else - social media is an asset for building your personal brand. Whether you want to become an influencer, a creator, or something else, establishing yourself as a brand across social media will help set you apart. We will explore techniques and look at top examples.

Led by: Matthew Haught, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Kim Marks Malone, APR, Fellow PRSA, Assistant Professor of Teaching


What in the World?

Explore the world outside the borders of the USA! Many students don't learn much in school about the rest of our world in all its diversity. This session will provide students with a variety of activities for learning more about our world, its peoples, and its cultures. Become a global citizen!

Led by: Will Thompson, Associate Professor and Director, International and Global Studies


Archetypes vs. Archetypos

Why do we love the stories we love? Over a century ago, psychologists believed that humans respond universally to certain archetypes, but recent neuroscience research has proved that people are, in fact, hardwired to interpret the world by using stories. But not just any stories! The archetypal framework of character types, tropes, and outcomes is how humans have always made sense of everything around them and how we continue to understand our world today. This session will open with a brief introduction to archetypal theories in literature, and then small groups will investigate how archetypes have influenced political contests, marketing campaigns of well-known products, criminal court cases, and pop culture narratives.

Led by: Cathy Dice, Assistant Professor of Teaching & Tammy Jones, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of English


The City in Song

The course will examine cities, and the complexities and paradoxes of the urban condition, through the accessible and engaging medium of music. Cities generate promise and innovation, yet they also host inequity, conflict, and poverty. Cities make us feel alive with opportunity and also make us acutely aware that we can do better by one another. Urban growth is both the cause of environmental degradation and the path to a sustainable future. Through an exploration of songs whose lyrics evoke a strong sense of place, the course will focus on stories – both stories about cities that reflect the urban condition, as well as storytelling as a means for community members to express their perspectives and share their knowledge.

Led by: Charlie Santo, Associate Professor & Chair of City and Regional Planning


Ethnography: Discovering Humanity, Changing the World

Some researchers use an approach called ethnography to explore diverse human experiences and deepen our understanding of complex human problems. Over the years, ethnographers have helped government agencies, schools, hospitals, businesses, and many other organizations learn about the people they are serving, generate new insights, and shape policies and programs to improve lives. But what is ethnography? What does it actually look like to conduct ethnographic research? And how can you use ethnography to make a difference in the world? This session offers a hands-on introduction to ethnography and the chance to discover how you can use ethnography in your future career.

Led by: Kenneth Latta, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Anthropology


Your Story, Your City: Creative Writing From Inside Your Experience

The personal narrative, or nonfiction essay, is one of the most utilized tools in media. Students will use creative writing techniques, like scene and setting to write an essay about their own lived experience. This session is designed to teach students skils to improve their college application essays as well as to write for a potential to publish.

Led by: Courtney Miller Santo


Seeing Civil Rights

In this session, we will study how the long Civil Rights movement has employed the mass media – photography, magazines, television, and more recently social media – to broadcast its various political messages. Since the 1960s, many defining moments of political activism have come camera ready: marches, picket lines, and sit-ins specifically designed for media coverage. For two hours, we’ll study these images, exploring how they blur the lines between activists, artists, photographers, editors, politicians, reporters, and readers.

Led by: Donal Harris, Associate Professor of English & Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities


Acting Tradecraft for Speaking in Public

Want to feel more confident speaking in front of others? We'll use specific tradecraft from the acting worlds of theatre and film to teach you voicing, posture and character so that you can wow your audiences!

Led by: Gregory Boller; Interim Dean, FCBE


Improv and Ideate

Want to come up with awesome ideas for anything? Learn the fine art and fun of improvisation as a proven technique for brainstorming. Just say "Yes...and...!"

Led by: Gregory Boller; Interim Dean, FCBE


Supporting Social-Emotional Needs Through Expressive Arts Intervention

This presentation will expose students to the field of social work and counseling professions. The presentation will be interactive in nature, and students will have opportunities to participate in expressive arts interventions aimed at supporting healthy social-emotional development.

Led by: Susan Elswick, Full Professor School of Social Work


Playing the Villain: Empathy Lessons in Acting

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to play a villain, as an actor, on stage or in film? How does an actor prepare? What runs through an actor’s thoughts and feelings while playing a villain? More importantly, while playing a villain, what empathy lessons does an actor learn about human character and his or her sense of self?

Led by: Gregory Boller; Interim Dean, FCBE


Art of Movement for Public Speaking and Performance

Learn how utilizing dance theory will help you improve your presentation techniques. By participating in this session, participants will learn how to use a relaxed physicality to reduce nervousness in professional speaking situations; movement and stance techniques to create and project confidence when speaking, and movement techniques to communicate intentional meaning when speaking in professional presentations.

Led by: Gregory Boller; Interim Dean, FCBE & Savannah Allmon; Soloist & Professional Dancer, Beatrice Davis Training 


French Fashion

How did top French brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermès become luxury brands? In this short seminar, we will look at the rise of French luxury clothing brands and analyze why and how they became associated with quality and luxury. We will study the Palace of Versailles and discuss how Louis XIV became a taste-maker in Europe. We will follow the evolution of high fashion through today and see how top brands and megacorporations evolved out of smaller fashion houses in Paris and other European capitals.

Led by: Melanie Conroy, Associate Professor of French


RED Fitness: Rhythms Exercise Dance

RED fitness is a holistic and cross-cultural health and wellness program and experience that encompasses mindfulness, aerobic and anaerobic exercise, dance, and education to better integrate the mind and body and the individual and collective. Open to all to improve social conditions in targeting individual health and wellness goals, fostering cross-cultural exchange, and increasing positive visibility of the community.

Led by: Diana Ruggiero, Associate Professor of Spanish 


Leading with your Values

What matters most to you, and why does that matter? This interactive session will help participants dive into their personal values systems to understand how their values frame their leadership style and decision-making.

Led by: Dr. Sally G. Parish, Associate Vice President, Educational Initiatives


Strengths Based Leadership

This experiential learning course will focus on interpersonal leadership theories, practice, skill development, and application in a supervised collegiate leadership setting, with an in-depth emphasis on leadership as a behavior (i.e., self in relation to others). This section provides Advanced Student Organization Leaders with direct training and preparation to lead their student organization. The purpose of this course is to prepare student organization leaders with the ability to be successful in their roles. The course begins the process of exploring leadership and gaining skills to lead their organization. The course will be collaborative in nature, allowing students to build relationships with one another. By utilizing Strengths Based Leadership, The Student Leadership Challenge, to develop each student into the best possible student organization leader they can be. By utilizing course content and resources across campus for student organizations, the students will gain a full experience to develop themselves and the organization they are a member of.

Led by: C. Kelsey Ryan


College Preparation (Understanding Admissions and Financial Aid Opportunities)

This will be a general session engaging students in college admissions and financial aid preparation for 10th and 11th graders.

Led by: Eric Stokes, AVP Director of Admissions & Orientation