What is the Montserrat Coalition?
The Montserrat Coalition is an office in the Division of Mission and Ministry that supports students at the highest level of financial need on campus. The initiative began in 2008 with the combined efforts of students, faculty and administrators to provide free entrance to a limited number of social events on campus. Over time, as the program expanded, Montserrat began offering free tickets to many more campus events such as sporting events, dances, concerts, movie premiers, cultural events, and theater productions. Additionally, Coalition members have assisted students with funding for EMT courses, retreats, service programs, independent study, and research. The Montserrat Coalition continues to grow and work to build a more just and welcoming community for students of all economic backgrounds at Boston College. We currently serve about 1400 Montserrat students, which makes up roughly 15% of the undergraduate student body at Boston College.
How are students selected?
Students are designated `Montserrat` based on their individual financial aid packages. The decision as to which students are Montserrat eligible is made solely in the Office of Financial Aid.
How does the program work?
Once students are designated by the Office of Financial Aid as Montserrat eligible, they are contacted by the Program Manager or Graduate Assistant. Students are informed of the areas of support, potential services, and free tickets provided by Montserrat via e-mail. Students must pick up tickets in person from the Montserrat office and meet with a member of our staff to receive any specific resource. Once the student comes into the office they are encouraged to think about other areas of the university with which they need assistance or support. One of the main objectives of the program is to ensure that students are experiencing and participating in life at Boston College. All students are encouraged to explore the BC motto of “cura personalis," the development of the whole person. Montserrat believes in providing students with access to explore the "social, spiritual, and intellectual" areas of the university as well as support to face the perceived and real barriers with which the financially strained Montserrat students encounter.
Montserrat provides a safe and confidential environment for students to express their struggles, find a supportive community, and an easy access to a network of BC administrators who understand their specific needs.