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Mills College Partners with State Department to Increase STEM Study by Women from Muslim-Majority Countries

Oakland, CA–December 10, 2011 Mills College is participating in the NeXXt Scholars Program, an international women's undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education initiative that will be launched today at an event in New York.

Sponsored by the US Department of State, in support of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s commitment to empowering women, the goal of the initiative is to increase opportunities for women from Muslim countries to pursue undergraduate degrees in the STEM fields at US women’s colleges.

State Department organizers say the NeXXt program aims to provide “access to leadership, internship, and research opportunities to build the skills and confidence needed to become the next leaders, problem-solvers, and innovators in their communities.”

Mills College, which has a long-standing commitment of supporting and advancing women in science and technology, joins nearly 40 women’s colleges nationwide that are part of the program.

“Today’s scientific community lacks the sustained senior leadership of women, particularly women of color,” said Mills College Provost Sandra Greer. “Mills is well positioned to support and advance women in science and technology. We are preparing the next generation of women, particularly those from underrepresented populations, for scientific leadership through an environment of rigorous academic study, interdisciplinary scholarship, and unparalleled faculty mentoring.”

Studies show that American women’s colleges have a strong track record of producing female leaders in the sciences, graduating women in the field at up to twice the rate of coeducational institutions. However, women account for fewer than 20 percent of students from Muslim-majority countries who are engaged in STEM fields at American baccalaureate institutions.

Women accepted into the program will receive a five-year membership to the New York Academy of Sciences; a STEM mentor and networking opportunities provided by the academy; and access to internship and research opportunities.

The program launches today, December 10, at the New York Academy of Sciences, during the “Celebrating Women in Science” event.

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 in approximately 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 376 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. US News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit

Last Updated: 12/16/11