The College Events Office has two arms: Events and Conference. Events schedules internal on-campus events and meetings, coordinates setup requests for them, and oversees copy for published calendars. Conference works with outside clients who are interested in scheduling celebrations, meetings, or conferences at Mills and with faculty and staff members who are planning private or sponsored events on campus. In addition, Events and Conference coordinate large College events such as Convocation and Commencement.
All faculty, staff, and student requests for on-campus events must be submitted to College Events through the web-based event-scheduling system 25Live Pro.
Mills embraces the uses of land acknowledgements at campus events and offers the following background and acknowledgements as a guide to acknowledging the peoples and cultures indigenous to Mills’ campus. Please note that in 2019, the Indigenous Women’s Alliance of Mills College formally asked Mills to include land acknowledgements at campus events.
The American College Personnel Association describes land acknowledgments as formal statements that recognize and respect indigenous peoples as traditional stewards of the land whose relationship with the land endures. Recognizing the land expresses gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory we learn, work, and live on, and honors indigenous people and their histories. LSPRIG adds that the person who should make the acknowledgement, which is a sign of both reflection and awareness, is the host of the event.
Learning more about indigenous peoples and protocols is a part of the process of land acknowledgements. This 2017 article about Ohlone lands includes insight into protocol and tradition, and this 2016 article describes the purposes of territorial acknowledgements.
We acknowledge the land and labor of the Ohlone people, whose connection to this land we remember, and whose presence—past, present, and future—we respect. As part of Mills’ mission of supporting and fostering learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, we acknowledge that the land we are meeting on today is the original homeland of Ohlone people.