Mills Inside & Out

Mills College
Presidential Communication
January 24, 2020

TO: Mills College Faculty and Staff
FROM: Beth Hillman
SUBJECT: Mills: Inside and Out

Dear Cyclones,

Today I’m in Anaheim for the 2020 NCAA Convention, along with a terrific team of Mills staff, faculty, and our National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative, Livia Coletta. We’re learning about the challenges facing our students, athletes and not, in terms of mental health, financial support, equity, and career preparation. 

A primary theme has been how the NCAA will respond to the California law, adopted a few months ago and slated to become effective in 2023, that requires California higher education institutions to allow student athletes to benefit from monetizing their names, images, and likenesses. As one NCAA Division III leader explained, it’s time to get off our heels and onto our toes and address our students’ concerns with fairness and the digital economy. Already, dozens of other states have followed California’s lead.

On campus, new and returning students arrived and plunged into the new semester this week. Many thanks to everyone who supported orientation events and more, helping to welcome students, the people whose success is at the center of our mission. If you have a chance this weekend, please stop by the art museum for the opening of Kari Marboe’s Duplicating Daniel exhibit (reception on Saturday at 5:00 pm). Also curated by the art museum and opening on Saturday is the State of Convergence exhibition at Slide Space 123 (reception from 5:00 pm–7:00 pm).

All best,


Happy #MillsGiving!

2019 was a record-breaking 5th annual #MillsGiving:

  • 494 individual donors
  • $120,000 raised

Classes with the highest number of donors:

  • Class of 1992—25 donors
  • Class of 1990—22 donors

Top five states:

  • California—312 donors
  • Washington—30 donors
  • Oregon—23 donors
  • New York—16 donors
  • Massachusetts—13 donors

Top donor groups by affiliation:*

  • Alumnae/i
  • Parents
  • Faculty/Staff
  • Friends
  • Trustees
  • Students

*Some donors had multiple affiliations.

Thank you to our amazing donors and supporters.