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Gender and Sexuality Resources

Welcome to Gender and Sexuality Resources at Mills, a virtual space where students, alumnae/i, staff and faculty can locate resources and information related to gender and sexuality. Mills College is committed to creating a safe, equitable environment, where all members of the community-lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, genderqueer, two-spirit, transgender, cisgendered and straight- are openly included and affirmed. Mills provides a unique environment for LGBTQ students and their allies. Many of our faculty and students come to Mills because of a commitment to developing feminist-based critical, scientific and creative practices that are aware of and resistant to gender-based oppression. In 2012, 34.7% of seniors self-identified as lesbian, bisexual, queer or transgender/genderqueer.

We invite you to explore these pages and embrace opportunities to engage in creative and critical conversation about issues of gender and sexuality at Mills. We welcome feedback and suggestions and invite you to use our feedback form.

Student and Alumnae/i Organizations

  • Gender Splendor
    The Gender Splendor Club is dedicated to creating space for diverse gender identities on campus. People of all gender identities (including cisgender allies) are welcome to attend our bi-weekly meetings and/or community events. The Gender Splendor takes the lead in hosting the Transgender Day of Rememberance (November 20th) and Transgender Week of Visibility (week of March 31st). For more information about the club, or to join our mailing list, send an email to gendersplendor@gmail.com.
  • In Living Queer
    In Living Queer is a safe space for Queer and Questioning People of Color here at Mills College. The goal of this group is to create a safe space for QPoC to address the various intersections of their identities, to provide support for questioning and already out QPoC, and to provide resources for QPoC.
  • LGBTIQ Alumnae/i
  • Lokey Queer Student Association
    The Lokey Queer Student Association aims to:
    i) create community, enhance our professional network, and provide mutual support to LGBTQ students and allies
    ii) promote awareness through visibility events, such as speakers, discussions, or film screenings that celebrate the diversity of the Lokey Graduate School of Business
    Contact: Sarah Garmisa, Chair
  • Mouthing Off
    Mouthing Off! provides a safe space for students who are LGBTQ identified, straight allies, or none of the above to come together and facilitate dialogue and action around the LGBTQ community.



Off-campus Youth Drop-in Programs

Religion and Spirituality
The following websites are excellent places to start becoming acquainted with LGBTQ-related positions of various religions and denominations. They also highlight faith communities affirming of LGBTQ people and their allies and identify resources for both information and support:

Off-campus Queer of Color


Gender Identity and Expression

Mills Bridge Advocate Team

Mills Bridge Advocate Team for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Questioning, Twospirit, Pansexual, Asexual and Genderfluid (LGBTQIQ2PAG) students.

Who we are:
Mills Bridge Advocate Team is made up of faculty and staff who have agreed to help support Mills LGBTQIQ2PAG students to best navigate the systems and advocate for themselves.

Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
APER gender identity and expression best practices include: working to provide opportunity for wellness to all Mills students, faculty and staff through Physical Education classes, facility usage, intercollegiate athletics and recreation programs; policy development; education on transgender and gender fluid identity; preferred terminology usage; a proactive approach for inclusion of transgender and gender fluid students; and respecting privacy and confidentiality.

APER Liaisons:

  • Nic Van Dyke, Assistant Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (for facility usage): nvandyke@mills.edu
  • Neil Virtue, Head Swimming Coach/PE Instructor/SAAC Advisor: nvirtue@mills.edu



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Who to Contact

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Contact Information

Diversity Committee
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94613

Email: the committee

Last Updated: 7/28/17