Staff Spotlight - Mia Milton
This month's Staff Spotlight goes to our Interim Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Engagement, Mia Milton! Mia provides strategic leadership in the Alumni office and manages alumni and community engagement. In addition to her role at EMU, Mia is also involved in numerous community organizations and volunteers regularly! Hear what Mia has to say about herself below:
"I am the Interim Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Engagement. In this role, I provide strategic leadership and management of the alumni and community engagement within the Division of Advancement. I focus on the development and delivery of programming and strategic communications initiatives that will enhance and develop strong relations in order to support the University's mission, strategic plan and fundraising objectives while developing a pipeline of future donors.
Day in the Life:
Day to day the duties with the office vary. I can be working on the continued development of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, or providing leadership and direction to my immediate team or participating on cross collaborative teams including appointed roles with the university as well as divisional strategic planning, leading and developing the university Homecoming steering committee, MLK planning committee, commencement initiatives, and alumni events etc.
Typically my day begins around 8:30 to 9:00am when the children are situated with school and I've had my first cup of coffee. I take an inventory of all the myriad emails awaiting in my inbox and begin prioritizing. I go back and forth into email about four times a day. As a practice I try to limit my meetings to three to four meetings per day excluding any Alumni board and/or committee meetings that occur during the evening or on weekends. This allows me to check on my "virtual schooled" children. Project management occurs not only with my individual projects (budget review, editing content, developing proposals or documents, meetings with alumni, connecting people and opportunities etc.) to assisting others whether internal (Advancement) or external. Lunch is usually a quick bite while working and occasionally if I can sneak a quick pre-workout walk prior to my evening workout..I will. More of the same in the afternoon. I am an active community member and volunteer quite regularly. I hold membership with a number of organizations including: as a board member for United Way of Washtenaw County, a council member of the Washtenaw Community College Foundation Women's Council, advisory board member for the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter, a member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated Ypsilanti Chapter, and a member of the Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. I am proud to be affiliated with these organizations that have dedicated themselves to improving the quality of life to individuals and the community.
Since entering the pandemic, I've had to allow myself, family and work colleagues the time to make proper adjustments to ensure and facilitate productivity for both their work and personal life. It has been challenging at times to assist my two children with their school questions and concerns as well as making sure everyone has what they need. However, everyone's health is the utmost priority, but so is extending grace to others when needed.
Favorite Part of the Job:
It is very difficult to pinpoint my favorite part of the job. I enjoy interacting with alumni, students and community members and uncovering stories to share with our audiences while identifying unique opportunities to connect them to campus has been rewarding. I lean on my undergraduate and graduate experiences in addition to using my network to enhance programming and promote a positive culture. Listening to the ideas of my immediate team has been a part of my creative habit and has on many levels encouraged collaboration and inclusion as we take vision and concept to reality."