The Ethnic Studies Fund provides an opportunity for alumnae and other donors to support the Ethnic Studies department and to promote social justice and diversity at Mills. The Fund supports three main areas: Heritage Months, Ethnic Studies Awards, and the creation of a new Ethnic Studies Scholarship.
Each year, the Ethnic Studies department works with students of color affinity groups (Mujeres Unidas, Native American Student Alliance, Black Women's Collective, and Asian Pacific Islander Sisterhood Alliance) to organize Latina/o Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month and South Asian Middle Eastern Asian Pacific Islander Awareness Now!. These events are focal points for the Mills calendar, and are a highly visible statement of the College's community to diversity. In addition to serving the Mills community, they are attended by the wider Bay Area community and thus help to build connections with the community. Speakers at previous events include black feminist scholar and philosopher Angela Y. Davis, writer and poet Cherrie Moraga, San Francisco district attorney Kamala Harris, veteran civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama and environmentalist Winona LaDuke. In addition, the Heritage Months feature dance performances, theater, music and spoken word. The Fund will enable the department to continue to bring high caliber speakers, artists and inspirational speakers to the College, and will provide a guaranteed budget for the events.
Ethnic Studies Awards
The Ethnic Studies gives out three awards to graduating seniors who are Ethnic Studies majors. The Fund will enable the department to give a modest monetary award to the recipients.
• The Reaching Beyond Award is for excellence in building coalitions between communities of color on campus or through service to the community. Rewarding efforts to teach beyond one's own identity, this award highlights the importance of building unity in diversity in order to achieve social change.
• The Spirit of Dolores Huerta Award recognizes students who have demonstrated the kind of courageous, conscientious and intellectual pursuit of justice as evidenced in the person of Dolores Huerta.
• The Ethnic Studies Outstanding Scholar Award was initiated in 2000 recognizing an outstanding senior thesis in ethnic studies.
Ethnic Studies Scholarship
The Ethnic Studies Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student who intends to declare an Ethnic Studies major, shows a commitment to working for social justice with communities of color, and demonstrates excellent academic achievement.
How to Donate:
To donate online, please click on this link: Giving to Mills. When prompted, please indicate that your gift is for “Other,” and write in "Ethnic Studies Fund.”
Or please make your check out to Mills College, write Ethnic Studies Fund clearly on the check, and mail it to: Office of Institutional Advancement,
5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613.
Many thanks for your generosity in support of Ethnic Studies and students of color at Mills.