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First-Year Themed Housing Communities

In the fall, each first-year student resident will join a Themed Housing Community. Themed Housing Communities provide students a way to explore the campus and the greater Bay Area through topics that most interest them. Students will create lasting friendships and have new experiences that expand what they are learning in the classroom.

When completing the online housing application process (details available here) please indicate your interest and rank your preference among the choices offered. Mills College makes an effort to place every student in the community of their choice, but please note that only a limited number of students can be accommodated in each Themed Housing Community.

Themed Housing Communities

Bay Area Exploration

In this themed community, students will explore Oakland, San Francisco, and the Bay Area utilizing their AC Transit bus cards. Students will learn about the history of the area as they explore thriving and diverse areas in our own Oakland community such as Fruitvale, Chinatown, and Lake Merritt. Enjoy the Redwood parks of the Oakland hills and venture into Dolores Park and the Fillmore in San Francisco.


Social Justice

In this community, students will learn together how they can each have a role in making the world a better place. They will investigate issues of gender identity, disability rights, racial justice, queer inclusion and more. They will learn about social protest, policy advocacy, and education as tools for social justice work. Students will learn together by participating in the many events on campus and in the Bay Area that are designed to challenge power, make a statement, and pursue a just society. They will learn how to make their own change and inspire hope for a better world.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)

This community is an excellent starting point for students considering majoring in any of the scientific disciplines, computer science, or mathematics. This floor provides an opportunity for these students to support one another academically and connect with others who have similar academic and career interests as they live and study together. Activities may include career panels with alumni, study skills workshops, and opportunities for stress relief and self-care.


Graphic Novels and Fandom

This community will explore the growing diversity in graphic novels and the increasing cross over in television, movies, and gaming. Activities may include going to graphic novel talks with the author at Fantastic Comics in Berkeley, deconstructing the dystopian feminist world in Bitch Planet, and looking at the treatment of LGBTQIA*, body positiveness, and racially diverse characters in recent graphic novels like Ms. Marvel, Batwoman, Chew, Saga, Faith, Rat Queens, and Princeless. Students in this community will share and explore each others fandom(s) through movie nights, gaming circles, and watching tv series.

Lavender Community

This community is for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, questioning, transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, asexual, and/or intersex, as well as allies. This community will promote personal growth and community building within a safe and supportive environment. Students will learn about queer activism locally and nationally with a focus on the intersections of sexuality, gender, race, ability, and class. Activities may include volunteering for Mills LGBTQIA* Pride, attending events on and off campus, and more.

Cyclones Wellness

The Cyclones Wellness Community is designed for students interested in living a physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually balanced lifestyle. Creating balance can be a critical component of success during college. Through participation in floor activities, residents will explore and create their own wellness philosophy. To promote healthy sleep patterns, this floor will observe extended quiet hours from 8:00 pm–8:00 am.


The Outdoor Adventure Community

The Outdoor Adventure Community provides residents the opportunity to engage in the beautiful landscape that the bay area has to offer. This community uses outdoor experiences as a forum for teaching important skills and abilities applicable to all aspects of life at Mills College and beyond. Community experiences may include hiking, camping, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting. The Outdoor Adventure Community aims to support growth in integrity, leadership, social awareness, and appreciation of diverse ways of knowing and being.


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Sage Hall, Room 138

P: 510.430.2127
F: 510.430.2030
Last Updated: 7/26/17