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Mills: Inside and Out

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Presidential Communication
February 16, 2018

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

Dear all,

It's been an un-loving week since Valentine's Day, with the terrible school shooting in Florida and the pall cast by failure of the most recent series of federal legislative efforts to resolve the uncertain status of DACA students. I hope each of you find room to value your loved ones and communities during the long holiday weekend ahead.

As Congress faltered on the DACA question this week, a second U.S. district court, this one in the Eastern District of New York, joined the district court from the Northern District of California that acted last month by issuing an order temporarily blocking the Trump administration's plan to end DACA. These judicial actions intersect with legislative and executive actions with respect to DACA, creating both hope and confusion among students and their families. More information about DACA is available at the Presidents Immigration Alliance and the American Council on Education. Mills will continue to support and advocate for DACA students here on campus and beyond.  A webpage has been set up to help Mills students, staff, and faculty navigate resources relevant to undocumented students and can be found here.

Our board of trustees is on campus this week for its winter meetings. Yesterday evening, they learned about innovative research and pedagogy at a dazzling Digital Humanities Showcase in the Student Union. Many thanks to the faculty and students who shared their work with trustees and donors yesterday, including Professors Ajuan Mance and Kirsten Saxton, and staff who helped organize the event, including Melanie Reilly and colleagues in OIA. Professor Rebekah Edwards and students, working along with Library and Art Museum staff will hold a Wikipedia/Editathon from 12:00pm-6:00pm on March 30. More details are forthcoming.

Students have been active this week in the physical as well as virtual worlds. Dr. Jenn Smith's ecology class went birding at Arrowhead Marsh/Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park  and Dr. Helen Walters and Dean Chicora Martin were in the pool with students preparing for a marine biodiversity "alternative break" in Honduras by learning to scuba dive [see attached photos of both activities].

May your weekend bring virtual and real exploration both,

Beth Signature

 



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