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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while earning a degree in ethnic studies.


On-Campus Community Organizing

Get involved in campus events, activities, and resources that celebrate the contributions of people of color and explore social justice issues, such as:

  • Heritage Month Celebrations—Each year, ethnic studies students help organize the Mills College Pow-Wow, Black History Month, Latina Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, and South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Asian Pacific Islander Awareness Now!
  • Ethnic Affinity Groups—Several student clubs build community among those who share an ethnic identity, including the Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, Black Student Collective, Indigenous Women’s Alliance, Latinx Student Collective, and Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios de Mills College.
  • The Womanist: A Woman of Color Journal—This annual publication, edited by Mills students, provides women of color with an opportunity to share prose, poetry, and artwork.
  • Women of Color Resource Center—The Ethnic Studies Department coordinates this space where women of color build coalitions and community.

Off-Campus Research & Activism

Ethnic studies faculty empower students to build relationships with communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the United States. You can volunteer or intern with local organizations or conduct research on topics relevant to local communities. Recent student research has examined:

  • Oakland residents’ understanding of “safety”
  • Food access for low-income African American mothers
  • Explorations of the emerging Latino vote
  • Multiracial Filipinas/os
  • Race and disability in fantasy fiction
What Can I Do with an Ethnic Studies Degree from Mills?

Ethnic studies majors graduate with strong oral and written communication, research, cultural competency, and critical analysis skills. They work effectively with diverse populations and develop excellent team-building and collaborative leadership abilities. Recent graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:


Organizer
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Human Resources Director
Healthy Communities

Youth Services Health Educator
Mission Neighborhood Health Center

Director
Rise Together Bay Area

Staff Attorney
Sargent Shriver Custody Project at the Bar Association of San Francisco

District Director
Office of State Assemblymember Bill Quirk, District 20

Vice President of New Markets
Yelp

Project Manager
Genentech

Marketing Communications Manager
Hyde Park Art Center

Program Manager, Media and Marketing
Native American Health Center

Teacher
San Lorenzo Unified School District

School Success Counselor
STARS Community Services

Director, National Giving and Volunteering Programs

Teach for America


Development Director
Youth Service Bureau