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Secretary Clinton Announces Mills College joins the Women in Public Service Project

Mills College, Scripps College, and Mount St. Mary’s College join The Women in Public Service Project at event with Secretary Clinton in Washington D.C.

Oakland, CA–December 16, 2011 Mills College President Alecia A. DeCoudreaux joined US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday at the Women in Public Service Colloquium where she announced that Mills College, Scripps College, and Mount St. Mary’s College will join “The Women in Public Service Project.”  The innovative initiative pairs the power of public service with the Seven Sisters Colleges to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world.

The project brings together Mills, Scripps, Mount St. Mary's and the East Coast colleges of Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley to identify and educate a new generation of women committed to public service. It also aims to create an infrastructure of support and mentoring to help enable more women to enter public service and political leadership.

The forum in Washington D.C. explored issues such as the skills needed for successful public servants in the 21st century and how to achieve the 50 percent mark for women in public service by 2050. The participants are charged with identifying mentoring and training needs, as well as how to establish and sustain an international network of leaders and generate new insights on women's political leadership roles.

“Since its founding, Mills College has remained committed to empowering women,” said DeCoudreaux. “We are honored to be part of this project to encourage and prepare women from around the world to take on leadership roles in politics and public service.”

“Women hold the keys to peace and prosperity.  Scripps College is delighted to join this powerful leadership initiative to encourage a new generation of women in public service,” said Lori Bettison-Varga, president of Scripps College. “Experience shows women leaders invest in their families and their communities.”

Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount St. Mary’s College, added: “This initiative fits in perfectly with the Mount’s commitment to education, leadership, and service in a women-centered environment. Public service is a powerful way for women to transform their communities and the world.”

Bettison-Varga, DeCoudreaux, and McElaney-Johnson attended the Colloquium with Secretary Clinton.

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