Multicultural and Community Development Programs
Milton’s weekly assembly program includes a spectrum of topics and presenters. Community-wide assemblies, held several times each year, are run by specific student groups and offices, including the Multiculturalism and Community Development office. Assemblies are designed to educate the community on issues of interest and concern to each group and to focus on how we respect each other and how we take responsibility for our personal interactions, on campus and off.
Recent presenters include alumnae Heather McGhee ’97 (vice president of Demos) and Eliza Byard ’86, director of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network); Felice Yeskel, founder of Class Action; former newscaster and community leader Liz Walker; hip-hop intellectual Marc Lamont Hill; social commentator actors/musicians Mohammed Bilal and Derrick Ashong; and legendary performer Ben Vereen.
Host Family Program
The Host Family Program is designed to support new boarding students as they become comfortable in their “home away from home.” During their transition to boarding life, some students may experience loneliness, or they may simply miss the haven of a family home away from the busyness of campus life. The host family, most often a family of a day student or nearby boarding student, helps make that transition easier. This support may be as simple as a plate of homemade cookies or an invitation to spend a long weekend with the host family. The program is flexible, based on a student’s need for support and what a particular host family is able to provide.
Social Justice and Diversity Education (academic year and summer support)
Students interested in more fully exploring issues of identity and social justice may apply for funding to participate in the National Association of Independent School Student Diversity Leadership Conference, the Association of Independent Schools of New England’s Student of Color Conference, or summer programs like the CitySchool Summer Leadership Program, or the Boston Center for Community and Justice International Youth Leadership Program. Through intensive discussion and multi-day experiences, students gain skills in advocacy and strengthening their work on campus.
Social Justice Peer Educators
The Social Justice Peer Educator (SJPE) program pairs seniors with a faculty member to co-lead the Class II Social Awareness class. The SJPEs demonstrate a strong desire to serve as community educators and support their peers on issues of culture and identity. They also provide leadership and counsel. SJPEs assist in various initiatives throughout the year, encouraging personal and community understanding of cultural matters.
This voluntary program for newly-enrolled students of color has two goals: first, to help students develop greater confidence as they make the adjustment to life at Milton Academy, and second, to help them identify experiences that will help them demonstrate their strengths successfully. Through the Transition Program, we hope new students of color will establish camaraderie and support one another. The program also connects and familiarizes students with the campus, as well as with the academic expectations at Milton. Sample classes during the program, taught by faculty serving as allies and mentors, simulate a regular Milton day.
Tony Award-winning actor and humanitarian Ben Vereen joined students in class and performance as a visiting speaker. Each year over 40 guest writers, historians, scientists, artists and other diverse professionals engage with Milton students on campus as part of our robust assembly program.