Committee on Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice

Note: This committee is in abeyance for 2020–21 as the College develops an institutional antiracism plan.

At Mills, we strive to create an equitable, inclusive, and just environment that welcomes and empowers all members of our community. The Committee on Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice plays a key role in helping us carry out this organizational commitment.

The Mills College Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (EISJ) promotes equity, inclusion, and social justice within every aspect of the academic, cocurricular, residential, and administrative life of Mills College. To advance these efforts, the committee works to identify proactive, sustainable strategies to generate and institutionalize attention to equity and inclusion in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religious and spiritual beliefs, political affiliations, class, age, color, size, sexual orientation, ability, immigrant status, and national origin.

The committee, using innovative best practices, creates the infrastructure to address inequalities arising from any differential distribution of power, resources, and privilege at Mills, and to support initiatives that enable students, faculty, and staff to engage in social change leading to a more just and inclusive society. The committee, representing the breadth of Mills College, is able to identify possible changes within programs and departments to address equity and inclusion concerns and to forward broader campus-wide policy and practices changes to the College leadership for consideration.

The committee is composed of members appointed by the President of Mills College. Committee membership includes students, faculty, staff, and alumnae representatives. EISJ committee includes the listed representation below of both a smaller steering committee that meets more frequently and additional committee members that will meet with the steering committee group at least once a semester but may meet more as necessary. The at-large positions will be solicited at the spring of each year for a term of service the following academic year. Faculty and staff positions will serve two year terms. Students and alumnae representatives will serve one-year terms. All terms are renewable as appropriate and upon the recommendation of the President. Efforts will be made to create a committee that reflects the broad range of diverse experience and backgrounds represented at Mills College and the larger community. The committee with select a chair/facilitator or co-chairs/facilitators and a record keeper to ensure the committee meets regularly and provides updated information on its work as well as an annual report to the President. Additionally, the committee may request ad-hoc members to join subcommittees for periods of time to work on special projects.

EISJ Steering Committee Members

Representative from the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs
Representative from the Dean of Students
Representative from the Office of Admissions
Representative from Human Resources
Representative from the Center for Student Leadership, Equity, and Excellence
ASMC Student Representative
AAMC Representative
Undergraduate Student-At-Large
Graduate Student-At-Large

Additional EISJ Committee Members

Representative(s) from Office of Institutional Advancement
Representative(s) from Admissions (preferably either GR or UG, whichever is not on the Steering Committee)
Representative(s) from the Faculty
Representative(s) from Housing Management and Dining Services (HMDS)
Representative(s) from Residential Life
Representative(s) from Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation
Representative(s) Public Safety
Representative(s) from M Center
Representative(s) from Career Services
Representative(s) from Facilities
Representative(s) from Front Office Staff (reflecting the direct service staff)