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Mills: Inside and Out

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Presidential Communication
December 15, 2017

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

Dear all,

It's been a week of finals and festivities on campus. On Monday evening, the Festival of Light and Dark was beautifully orchestrated in the chapel by the Reverend Dara Olandt, chaplain and director of spiritual and religious life. On Tuesdaymidnight breakfast in the Student Union gave students a welcome break as our staff served food and good cheer for the hard work of finals week. And on Wednesday afternoon, the planning and creativity of our winter celebration staff volunteers—Lila Abdul-Rahim, Kathy Day, Chelsea Ekholm, Jamiellin Kelsey, Annie Labe, Ife Tayo Walker, and Nikole Wilson-Ripsom—brought us a fun and rewarding (for those with winning raffle tickets) holiday party for faculty and staff. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making these and other end-of-year celebrations an acknowledgement of the year’s end and the investment of our students, staff, and faculty in both learning and making a difference in the world.

This week also brought a frenzy of political activity, from the Senate race in Alabama to the Congressional race to pass legislation in Washington, D.C. Yesterday, Chief of Staff Renee Jadushlever joined the AICCU’s Government Relations Council meeting in Sacramento, which focused on state and federal legislative issues impacting higher education and provided an opportunity to meet with members of the Assembly Higher Education and Budget Committees. And here at Mills, the College officers met with leaders among our undocumented students and I became a founding member of the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a group of college and university presidents dedicated to raising awareness of the impact that immigration policies have on our students, campuses, and communities and supporting policies that welcome immigrant, undocumented, and international students. In joining the Alliance, I wrote: 

Mills College has a long history in California, a state that has led the way in education and elsewhere because of its diversity. Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills is an independent college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Our commitment to gender and racial justice is reflected in our students, who are among the most diverse of any liberal arts college in the nation. An immigration policy that advances global understanding and promotes access and equity is essential to our mission and to our students, and we welcome the opportunity to work collectively, with different types of higher education institutions, toward this goal. The Alliance can build partnerships that both accelerate our understanding of immigration policy over the long term and seek an immediate legislative solution for the Dreamers, whose fearlessness has inspired all of us.

As we navigate this political terrain, our faculty continue to be recognized for their creativity at the highest of levels. This month, two Mills faculty appeared in the New York Times—Professor Ajuan Mance’s artwork was highlighted in a Times Insider section and Roscoe Mitchell’s music was lauded in the arts section.

Please take some time to see highlights of student work, as well.  TomorrowSaturday, December 16, the senior preview show can be seen in Slide Space 123 and MFA studios are open, both from12:00pm-5:00pm

As we move into the holiday season, and as some observe the 4th night of Chanukah tonight, I wish you all the happiest of holidays with your family and friends.

Beth Signature



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