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Mills: Inside and Out

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Presidential Communication
March 15, 2019

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

Dear all,

Here in Oakland, sunshine returned to campus this week with lots of activity in and outside of our classrooms, including those at the Lokey school today for the Center for Transformative Action's (CTA) 11th annual thought leadership conference. I watched Dr. Darcelle Lahr kick things off this morning with a rousing call to action, and as I walked back across campus to my office, encountered student activists from the Mills' Children's School marching for the Climate Strike. Over lunch today, I met with staff, student, and faculty leaders to listen to ideas about how Mills can embrace environmental justice in our campus planning and optimization efforts.

While today's CTA conference focuses on local policy, practice, and action, things are hardly quiet on the national front. The House of Representatives introduced a long-awaited bill to establish a road map to citizenship for Dreamers. That bill would address many of the challenges faced by our undocumented students by offering protection to an estimated 2.3 million Dreamers, a much larger group than those protected by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Many higher education organizations, including the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, have endorsed the bill, which could make a tremendous difference for the undocumented community at Mills and beyond. Many immigrants have figured prominently at Mills, as teachers, students, staff, scholars—and artists like the painter Hung Liu, professor emerita at Mills, whose amazing global journey of art and impact continues from her Oakland studio today. Federal policy reform can ensure that Mills can continue to welcome such gifted people into our community. There's also a powerful example of art and activism visible on campus this week because of the efforts of Mills' Indigenous Women's Alliance (IWA) to raise awareness of indigenous people lost to violence through a global red dress project.

I'm grateful to all of the safety coordinators across campus who joined the "lunch and learn" training session that Courtney Anderson, administrative assistant for Public Safety, taught this week. She shared tips about emergency response procedures and gear at Mills, including the AED's (automatic external defibrillators) that our lifeguards at the pool used to save a life on campus last fall. They are located in the following places on campus: Children’s School, CPM, Cowell, Music Building, Rothwell Center, and the Trefethen Aquatic Center, plus a mobile unit in one of our Public Safety vehicles.

On a lighter note, Supreme Court justice and civil rights icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns 86 years old today, and some of those celebrating her life and legacy convened outside the Supreme Court to "plank like RBG." I hope the weekend ahead of you includes time for exercise, celebration, and community.

All best,

Beth Signature



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