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Presidential Communication
October 6, 2017

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

Dear all,

This week, I was in Boston to join the committee of the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering that's studying the impact of sexual harassment in the academy on gender equity. Our committee, composed of 21 experts from across academia and industry, first met in February to frame an approach to reviewing available research, understanding the impact of sexual harassment, and identifying strategies to improve outcomes. This meeting, our fourth, gave us a chance to hear initial results of research we commissioned to better understand the extent of the problem. That research will appear in the committee's report, set for release next summer, with findings and recommendations about how to reduce sexual harassment in the academy.

I'm excited that Mills is at the center of efforts to advance gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Led by Dr. Ellen Spertus, Professor of Computer Science, Mills will host Tech Intersections: Women of Color in Computing, an ACM Celebration on January 27, 2018. For those of you who want to learn more before then, the National Academies' Women of Color in STEM workshop will be held in Washington D.C. and webcast live on November 10, 2017. Among the speakers scheduled to present then is Dr. Gilda A. Barabino, Dean and Berg Professor of the Grove College of Engineering at The City College of New York, also serving on the National Academies' sexual harassment committee.

I'm heartened by the efforts of so many to make the sciences more inclusive during a week in which the U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo revoking the protections that Title VII, a bedrock of anti-discrimination law, had previously offered to transgender individuals. Laws are critical, but there are many fronts in the struggle for gender and racial justice. Mills will continue to open doors to education and opportunity while we seek a deeper understanding of the barriers that can hold us all back.

Beth Signature


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