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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to Speak at Mills College

Oakland, CA–January 04, 2011 Mills College is proud to announce that Mayor Jean Quan will be making one of her first public appearances as the 49th mayor of Oakland on the Mills College campus. Quan, who was inaugurated on January 3rd, 2011, will speak at Mills on Monday, January 24, 2011, from 7:00 pm–8:30 pm at the Littlefield Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.

Quan, Oakland’s first female mayor and also the first Asian American elected as mayor of a major U.S. city, is expected to speak about her many ‘firsts,’ and her inspirational path to public office. She will also detail her longtime community activism and her administration’s plans for the city of Oakland. She will be welcomed by Mills College President Janet L. Holmgren who was recently selected to become a member of Quan’s Transition Advisory Committee based on her extensive experience with educational reform, planning, and development.

Mayor Quan has identified five top priorities she wishes to achieve during her administration, including: creating a more transparent and ethical government; eliminating the culture of crime; producing better and more innovative schools; providing greater economic opportunity, and finding ways to make Oakland a greener and more sustainable community.

“I am pleased to welcome Mayor Quan to Mills at the start of her term,” said President Holmgren. “She is not only a role model for our students—she is also someone we look forward to working with to help solve some of our city’s most pressing concerns. Mills student-citizens, along with the rest of the Mills community, expect to be actively engaged with Mayor Quan as we collectively work to shape the future of Oakland.”

Mayor Quan will return to Mills in April to deliver a speech as part of a month-long series of events coordinated by the on-campus student organization South Asian Middle Eastern Asian Pacific Island (SAMEAPI) Awareness Now, in honor of Asian American Heritage Month.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to over 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 373 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and second among colleges and universities in the West in its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit

Pam Gould
Media Relations Manager

Last Updated: 8/30/11