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Residential Life

The best way to experience the vibrant Mills community is to live on campus. Because our students represent a wide range of ethnicities, backgrounds, ages, identities, and interests, living together and drawing from that breadth of experience becomes part of the learning process. Of course, it is also the ideal way to make lifelong friends. Mills provides students with multiple housing options, from traditional residence halls to apartments and cooperative housing. Regardless of which community students reside in, all are guaranteed to provide an increased understanding of self and community.

In addition, our Residential Life program is developed using a framework that supports the diverse and inclusive Mills campus environment. By choosing to live on campus, students immerse themselves in learning and experience a valuable part of Mills' educational heritage. Students experience living on campus through themed communities that provide many opportunities to enhance and complement their classroom experience. As members of a residential community, all are welcome and invited to share ideas, experiences, and dialogue in the true spirit of collegiality and living in community.

A cornerstone of residential living is a commitment to self-expression, respect for human rights, the pursuit of intellectual growth, holding oneself and others accountable for behaviors and actions made while living in community, and the establishment of lasting relationships. The nature of residential living and its positive impact on our students support the mission and vision of the College.

One of the most influential components of our Residential Life program lies with our dedicated and passionate student affairs staff. Each community is supported by a full-time live-in professional area coordinator (AC) and a dedicated group of resident assistants (RA). Paraprofessional RAs are knowledgeable and involved members of the Mills community, and they are well trained and charged with the most important task of our department's mission: the creation, development, and support of our residential communities.

Our Residential Life staff serve as a resource around academic, social, and cultural topics and as a catalyst for networking with other members of the Mills community. The philosophy of the Residential Life program is based upon concepts of personal responsibility, inclusivity, respect for others, and the processes of personal and social development. We strive to provide the greatest opportunity for success as students engage in their residential environment.

For more information about the Residential Life program,  call 510.430.2130.


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