September 17, 2021
TO: Mills College Faculty and Staff
FROM: Beth Hillman
SUBJECT: Mills: Inside and Out
This week brought both important votes—the state of California’s resounding rejection of an effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, and the Mills College Board of Trustees’ overwhelming approval of a historic merger of Mills into Northeastern University—and the kickoff of Latinx Heritage Month (LXHM). LXHM events provide opportunities—mid-September through the end of October—to celebrate the rich heritage of Hispanic cultures in the Mills community and beyond. For information about events held on campus, such as today’s Traditional Medicine For Everyday Traumas, with Batul True Heart, which was held as a hybrid event, visit the LXHM web page and keep an eye out for community forum postings. One of the ways that the Oakland Public Library celebrates Latinx Heritage Month is by hosting Bilingual Family Storytime LIVE, which this year will be held on Saturday, September 25.
I regret that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led us to postpone the study away courses that our faculty and staff had planned for the spring semester. We look forward to finding safer ways to support our students’ interest in global and experiential learning—and to connecting Mills students to the global learning opportunities created by Mills’ merger with Northeastern University.
Meanwhile, please consider visiting the Mills College Art Museum to view Tabitha Soren’s Surface Tension, which opens with a reception tomorrow from 6:00 pm–8:00 pm.
Thank you for continuing to wear masks, social distance, and encourage vaccination so that we can keep fighting back against COVID-19.