Mills students and faculty members are engaged in a variety of activities in partnership with individuals and organizations in the surrounding community. The projects described below are examples of such partnerships.
District 6 Main Street Project
The District 6 Neighborhood Revitalization-Main Street Project was launched in the Summer of 2004 by Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal (OCCUR) in partnership with Oakland City Councilmember Desley Brooks (Central East Oakland) and Mills College. The Project is revitalizing the commercial corridors of Central East Oakland located in and around Mac Arthur Boulevard from 73rd to 84th Avenue and the Mills-Seminary-Foothill commercial district. The project involves residents, business owners, community groups and other relevant stakeholders in a process of envisioning a new economic, physical and social future for Central East Oakland. The project employed Mills College students during its data collection and market analysis stages.
Greenlining Institute Forum on Community Reinvestment
The Greenlining Institute Forum was held on December 8, 2004, co hosted by Mills College, OCCUR, and the office of Desley Brooks. The forum brought together banking and insurance institutions and highlighted how these financial institutions can make strategic investments in inner-cities that enrich their bottom line while enhancing the overall business and community economy. Special attention was paid to the Foothill/Seminary Facadescape Program as well as the conceptual plan for the corner of Foothill and Seminary.
District 6/Mills College Campus Community Partnership
Mills Public Policy Program was awarded a $10,385 Irvine Faculty Development Seminar Grant for Spring 2003 for its Mills/District 6 Community Partnership Seminars. Sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation, the seminar series began in March 2003 and was a series of 3 events bringing together Mills faculty, staff and Oakland community organizers and leaders.
Mills faculty members have been working with Oakland community members and leaders to identify important steps in exploring ways that Mills College, and its students and faculty, can be more directly involved with District 6, Oakland community-based organizers and organizations and the work of District 6 Councilwoman Desley Brooks. One product of the Community Partnership Seminars was an assets inventory of Oakland City Council District 6, completed in Fall of 2003 by Mills student Julia McQuoid.
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