Student Success An Ongoing Priority

At University School of Milwaukee, it is important that our student body is reflective of the Milwaukee region in its myriad forms of diversity. In alignment with our mission, the school prepares each student for a life of purpose by igniting a passion for learning, leadership, and service. We now recognize that we must do more to help both newly admitted and established students find success in our inclusive, supportive community.

In 2019, USM welcomed Dr. Gina Haughton in the newly created role of director of student success. The position is designed to enhance individualized support for all students adjusting to the USM culture, including our first generation and underrepresented students. This includes assistance with navigating the school’s curriculum and programmatic offerings, participating in enrichment learning opportunities, and preparing for and identifying ‘best fit’ colleges.

As a member of the senior administrative team, Haughton establishes positive relationships and open channels of communication with new and underrepresented students and their families, and develops and manages a suite of programs to create a supportive framework to support our students in their learning—both in and out of the classroom—at USM and beyond.

In belief and support of this program, a school family recently established a challenge match to garner funding for the people and programs that support the successes of all USM students. The family’s thoughtful and leadership commitment of $200,000 is presented in the form of a matching challenge to match the commitments from others up to this amount. In alignment with the final year of the five-year Our Common Bond campaign with an emphasis on endowment, these contributions will collectively establish a named, endowed fund, The Endowed Fund for Student Success. USM is extremely grateful for this family’s support of our students and our school through this generous commitment.


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