Mills College Announces New Dean of Education

Oakland, CA—April 11, 2019

Dr. Wendi S. WilliamsMills College is delighted to announce that Dr. Wendi S. Williams has been appointed as the new dean of the School of Education effective July 1, 2019.

Dr. Williams earned her PhD from Georgia State University in Counseling Psychology and is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Bank Street College in New York City. She was appointed to the Bank Street College’s President’s Cabinet in 2018. In her role as Associate Dean, she is in charge of faculty affairs, student success and several college infrastructure systems including the Registrar’s Office, Career Services, Institutional Research Review Board, and was the President’s Designee for Sabbatical Review. Formerly she served as chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at Long Island University.

Dr. Williams’ publications include the Handbook on the Psychology of Women (Vol. 1), which is described by the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine as a volume that “demonstrates the extensive scholarship on women’s experience and feminist theories as it applies to research, training, and practice. Its publication marks a significant shift in the field of psychology over the last 50 years, as researchers and clinicians have developed a new schema for understanding the psychology of women, and ultimately for all human beings.”

Dr. Williams has published nearly a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters over the past six years on topics ranging from the social-emotional preparation of teachers to psychological interventions for youth coping with structural inequality and discrimination. Her work has appeared in a wide range of academic journals including The New Educator, Journal of School Counseling, Praeger Handbook for Social Justice and Psychology, and Journal of Counseling Psychology, and includes her role as editor for a special issue of the journal Women and Therapy on Feminist Approaches to Interventions with Black Girls and Women to be published late 2019.

Dr. Williams developed a process at Bank Street for racial literacy growth among students, faculty, and staff, to improve campus climate and mitigate bias in pedagogy and leadership. She secured a two-million-dollar grant from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences for underrepresented students in STEM fields and also secured funding from the American Psychological Association for leadership development among diverse women in mid-career transitions. In a short amount of time, she facilitated the development of and launched four new online programs at Bank Street College.

Dr. Williams looks forward to leading the School of Education through an exciting period of institutional transformation and innovation.

“We face an incredible socio-cultural moment when clear and stalwart intersectional feminist leadership can answer the clarion call for what will serve and save ourselves,” says Dr. Williams. “I am grateful for the opportunity to apply my deep feminist values and cultural foundation to the work of education, a field so in need of authentic, humane approaches to work with children, families, and communities. I feel that Mills, now, is the best place to articulate a humanizing stance toward inspiring learning and cultivating the growth of children and communities through teaching, learning, and leading.”

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of the Best 384 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers and leaders who take and inspire action.Take a virtual tour.