The College teamed up with the Posse Foundation in 2001, graduated its first Posse students in 2005, and is now expanding its partnership with Posse as it prepares to enroll 10 students from the Miami area next fall as part of the Class of 2014.
The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and selects student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called "posses," which are then placed at top colleges nationwide. Hamilton's Posse students have so far been from the Boston area, and the expanded partnership underscores the College's commitment to an inclusive student body. "The Admission Office works hard to honor Hamilton's commitment to remain a school of opportunity, and Posse will help us identify students who might be overlooked by our traditional recruitment practices," said Monica Inzer, Hamilton's vice president and dean of admission and financial aid. "The opening of Miami Posse seemed like a great opportunity to us because it will provide us with a presence where the population is growing, and will bring those students to campus with the support that will help them be successful."
The students will undergo a 32-week training program before enrolling at Hamilton next fall. They are chosen based on their leadership ability, social status among peers, demonstrated ambition, ability to work with people of different backgrounds and desire to succeed. The program has a 93 percent graduation rate.
"Posse students are leaders on campus," President Joan Hinde Stewart says. "We are pleased to have partnered with the Posse Program since 2001 and look forward to welcoming students from Miami in the fall."