Austin Sutton and Becca Kennedy, participants in the Katie’s FUNd program at Alpha, gave Milner the award during her Special Populations course, which studies disabilities encountered in medical and educational settings. Alpha representatives Julie Badella, director of program services, and Amy Buesker, Teen Extreme coordinator, were also at the ceremony. The award is given to people who help create an inclusive community and is based on the idea of imagining a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
Milner, who joined the Westmont faculty in 1978, has encouraged her students to volunteer with Katie’s FUNd, which provides social and recreational activities for teens. The Alpha website says over the past five years, about 100 Westmont students served the program. “They have all come with an understanding and open attitude, willing to learn and grow,” it says. “Many of them have fallen in love with the program and, after finishing their class, become paid staff for Katie’s FUNd. Read More.