Center for Leadership, Equity & Excellence

The Center for Leadership, Equity & Excellence is the hub of student activities at Mills. Beginning with New Student Orientation, the center plans co-curricular options to engage you in campus life, support you with resources that help you grow, and inspire you to become a change maker. The center coordinates:

Student Support Programs

The Center for Leadership, Equity & Excellence offers special programming to celebrate the diversity of our student body, including programs designed for: 

Students of Color: The center supports all student groups on campus including identity-based groups such as the Latinx Student Collective, Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, the Black Student Collective, and the Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios de Mills College. In addition, we support programs, events, and workshops that celebrate and acknowledge students' experiences and identities such as Black Healing Circle and ethnic heritage months.

First-Generation Students: To help first-gen students transition to college, we offer programs that will support you before and after you start your academic life.

Summer Academic Workshop

Our Summer Academic Workshop (SAW) is a four-week program that prepares select first-generation college students for the transition to college life. Learn more about SAW.

I Am the First

I Am the First is a program that provides support and community-building opportunities for all first-generation college students throughout their experience at Mills. The program focuses on connecting students with the resources they need to meet their academic, personal, and career goals.

Undocumented Students: Functioning as a bridge between students and immigration support services, the center helps undocumented and mixed-status families through community support and limited legal resources. We also hold workshops with legal experts as well as one-on-one consultations for students and their families. We are part of larger networks of educational organizations that advocate for undocumented students.

LGBTQ+ Students: The center celebrates the sexual and gender diversity that make up the unique Mills community. Through educational spaces and social events, we educate and bring awareness to the campus-wide community on how to be in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, two-spirit, intersex, and asexual people. We also work with student groups such as Gender Splendor, In Living Queer, Mouthing Off, and Queer of Color Alliance to ensure everyone enjoys an inclusive experience at Mills. Learn more about LGBTQ+ resources at Mills.