Mills is committed to racial justice and providing support to our Black community. For the last several years, the College has worked with students, faculty, staff, and alumnae on many important initiatives. As we make a new commitment to becoming an antiracist institution, we will be evaluating all of our work in the areas outlined below.
Following is an accumulated list of student concerns that have either been addressed or are still evolving. We share these concerns to respect our student voices and to demonstrate that the process of formulating resolutions will be collaborative and transparent. Here is a summary progress report (PDF) as of August 2019 on many of these issues.
A taskforce specifically charged with the tasks of investigating impediments to recruitment, retention, and matriculation of Black students and formulating solutions to those issues, implementation of those solutions, and ongoing evaluation of those solutions. This taskforce should include Black student representation that will ensure student input on appointments to the Committee.
A marked increase in tenure-track faculty of color, such that each academic department is home to at least two permanent faculty members of color. Additionally, each department has at least 30% faculty of color every semester, not including the tenured faculty. An investigation into the retention of faculty and staff of color should be implemented as well. Students of color should be able to see themselves reflected in the faculty and staff and be able to build lasting relationships with the people that they are looking up to without worry that they will be prematurely separated from them. An accurate representation of the racial breakdown of the school’s faculty should be posted on the school’s website.
An investigation and reformation of racist policies that police the presence of Black people on the Mills College campus, including those set forth by the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Activities.
Establishment of an emergency fund for Black students and other students who experience difficulty financing their Mills College education, including subsidized housing and meal plans. Now more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are in need of financial support due to various circumstances including, but not limited to job insecurity, lack of adequate housing, changes in living situations, and family emergencies.