About The Hiatt Center

The Hiatt Center is a place where I can go to learn about opportunities to improve the Beaver community and how to be a better global citizen. Social justice is incredibly important to me.  I’m passionate about people getting the resources and equality everyone deserves.  – Grace Saltonstall ’19

Senior photo of Anne (Wechsler) Hiatt, Beaver Class of 1968.

Anne (Wechsler) Hiatt

In 2005, the family of Beaver alumna Anne Hiatt ’47 made a generous donation to Beaver Country Day School to create The Hiatt Center.

The Hiatt Center’s strategy is integrated fully within Beaver’s educational strategy. The Center’s program areas of leadership, civic engagement, and social justice intersect with the school’s emphasis on technology, coding, creativity, entrepreneurship, and race and equity work. Every student has the opportunity to experience our programing – in the classroom and beyond. Teachers partner with and consult with Hiatt Center staff to enrich their curriculum with leadership, civic engagement, and social justice examples.

This is what sets us apart from other schools.

Our approach focuses on quality, not quantity. We measure success in terms of transformation of the student and the community rather than hours served. To do this, we build community partnerships that are mutually beneficial, long term, multi-faceted, connected to curriculum, an extension of the school’s values. We believe
this approach will move us from a mindset of traditional service to a mindset of strengths-based empowerment.

Read more and see examples of our work on the Hiatt Tumblr.

Pictured above: Middle School students sorting and organizing books to be sent to Rwanda as part of Books 4 Peace, a student-created organization, during the Hiatt Summer Fellowship.


Liz Skinner
Title: Director of the Hiatt Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
Contact: lskinner@bcdschool.org
Phone: (617) 738 - 2716
Liz Skinner
Michelle Wildes
Title: Assistant Director of the Hiatt Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
Contact: mwildes@bcdschool.org
Phone: (617) 738-2700 ext : 206
Michelle Wildes