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Mills: Inside and Out

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Presidential Communication
September 22, 2017

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

Dear all,

This morning I'm in Atlanta at a meeting of the Women's College Coalition, where I'm learning from leaders—faculty, students, and administrators—from women's colleges across the country about how they're working together to face the changes and challenges in higher education today. Agnes Scott and Spelman are co-hosts of the conference, and I've met many fans of Mills from other institutions, including former Mills staff now at Barnard College and Mount Saint Mary's. During a late-night meeting of schools collaborating to improve completion rates and reach more adult learners, a scholar described her just-finished dissertation, which found a strong correlation between tuition reset and better retention rates. That's a great sign for the reset that Mills announced last week for next year.

Last weekend, our Office of Institutional Advancement held a rousing reunion for hundreds of Mills alums who returned to campus to celebrate and learn more about the college today. I'm grateful to everyone who supported a crowded schedule of events for family and reunion weekend, which included the unveiling of championship banners in Haas Pavilion with a panel of some of Mills' champion alums and a presentation about our Public Health and Health Equity program by students and community partners of faculty leader Professor Jared Young. 

On a national and local level, federal policy changes that have an impact on Mills and other students continue to be debated. Our DACA students remain in an uncertain space with multiple versions of legislation pending. During this time, we're communicating extensively with each student who faces enrollment and financial aid challenges. Anyone wishing to financially help support DACA students can do so by going to the Giving to Mills page and making a gift to Mills’ Greatest Need, specifying there or on the memo line of a check that it is for DACA.

Earlier this week, the American Council on Education (ACE) and 29 other higher education organizations, filed an amicus brief in the case challenging the travel ban announced by executive order. The ACE brief focuses on the importance of maintaining a welcoming stance toward scholars and students from Muslim countries, advises the Supreme Court to reject religious discrimination, and details the potential negative economic impact of the ban on higher education in the U.S.

Beth Signature



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