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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, students help organize the Mills College Pow-Wow, Black History Month, Latinx 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—This resource center was founded by Mills students, faculty, and alumnae of color and is dedicated to creating coalitions and community among women of diverse ethnic origins. It is used as a meeting space for affinity organizations, a space for individual and group study, and a home base for The Womanist journal. 

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

Ethnic Studies Fund

Founded in 1969 as the first ethnic studies department at an independent college in the nation, Mills is celebrating 50 years of commitment to the field. If you'd like to support ethnic studies at Mills, please donate to our Ethnic Studies Fund.

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:

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Human Resources Director
Healthy Communities

Youth Services Health Educator
Mission Neighborhood Health Center

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

Project Manager

Marketing Communications Manager
Hyde Park Art Center

Program Manager, Media and Marketing
Native American Health Center

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