President Hillman Helps Boost Mills College Social Justice Efforts

Oakland, CA–January 12, 2017

Upholding its longstanding commitment to social justice, Mills College is joining efforts to ensure the voices of equity and environmental stewardship are heard by the newly installed US congressional delegation and the incoming presidential administration.

Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman recently joined 170 higher education leaders worldwide in signing the Letter from Higher Education Leaders on Climate Action to the US Congress and President-Elect Donald Trump urging them to accelerate progress toward a clean-energy future. And, on January 19, Hillman will join a panel discussion of constitutional law experts focused on the potential legal impacts of Trump’s administration on women and girls in the United States and on the federal judiciary.

The letter, urging Trump and Congress to accelerate progress in clean energy, recognizes higher education’s “academic and ethical responsibilities” to reduce carbon pollution, support climate education, and continue research that expands understanding of rapidly changing Earth systems. The letter was spearheaded by Boston-based Second Nature, which works with college administrators and faculty on climate sustainability issues.

The letter further calls for leaders in Washington to participate in the Paris Agreement, which calls for a reduction in carbon emissions, support for climate research by federal agencies and their academic partners, and investment in a low-carbon economy.

“We will continue to reaffirm our values relative to emergent challenges in the national political landscape,” said President Hillman. “Recent events, make clear to us that women's education as a catalyst for gender and racial equity—indeed for social justice in its broadest sense—is more crucial than ever.”

The evening before Trump is inaugurated, Hillman will join a panel discussion in San Francisco on the impact of Trump on women and the federal courts. The discussion will be hosted by the Queen’s Bench Bar Association, an organization of women lawyers that promotes equality and opportunity for all women through education, programs, and outreach.

Other panelists will include Ben Feuer, chairman of the California Appellate Law Group, and Julie Nice, Herbst Foundation Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Queen’s Bench members and Mills College students are welcome to attend.