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Mills: Inside and Out

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Presidential Communication
May 24, 2019

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

Dear all,

Mills' past and present came together last Friday at a celebratory trustees' luncheon for our esteemed retiring faculty. The Board of Trustees expressed its deep gratitude to Ruth Cossey, Professor of Education; Sonya Delwaide-Nichols, Professor of Dance; Barbara Li Santi, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science; Diane Ketelle, Professor of Education and Dean of the School of Education; Roscoe Mitchell, Darius Milhaud Professor of Music (who this week was named a 2020 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, one of four artists to receive the highest honor in jazz); and Linda Perez, Professor of Education. Their dedication and excellence has set a standard for all of us, and has inspired generations of Mills students.

Dr. Barbara Li Santi also stepped to the podium to turn over a May 1990 document she has held personally for 29 years: The original, signed letter from faculty who opposed Mills' decision to open undergraduate admission to men at Mills. Board Chair Katie Sanborn '83 accepted the letter—copies of which Dr. Li Santi express-mailed personally, with the help of Nancy Thornborrow and Helen Longino, to each of the College's 40 trustees at the time—on behalf of the board, and turned it over to Janice Braun, Library Director and Special Collections Curator, to be archived and made available to future scholars and students of Mills' history.

The City of Oakland's leaders were looking toward the future this week with new economic forecasts. Yesterday, new Chief Technology Officer Reza Yazdi represented Mills at the 2019-2020 report of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. Local business leaders, California state officials, and economists from the University of California shared strategies for development across Alameda and Contra Costa counties, stressing the importance of addressing health care, workforce growth, housing availability, and wealth inequality to secure the economic vitality of the East Bay.

Last weekend's Commencement festivities were a success because of the teamwork of our superb facilities and events crew, academic and student life staff, and more. I hope the holiday weekend ahead gives everyone at Mills a chance to celebrate and connect to family and community. Local Memorial Day events include a commemoration of those lost in war at Oakland's historic Mountain View Cemetery at 10:00 am on Monday, May 27, 5000 Piedmont Ave; Carnaval San Francisco—La Cultura Cura/Culture Heals, a celebration of Latin American and Caribbean culture at Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday; and Afro Soca Love, an outdoor festival and block party celebrating the nexus of Afro-Caribbean cultures at 341 13th Street in Oakland on Monday.

All best,

Beth Signature



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