UC Berkeley Changemaker Program Comes to Mills

A panoramic view of Downtown Oakland including the 580 freeway and Lake Merritt. Photo credit: Visit OaklandOakland, CA—March 25, 2021
A Message from Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman

Dear Mills Community,

Last week’s announcement about transition planning has brought forth a tide of emotions and questions, many of which concern what to expect next at Mills. As we compile your questions so we can provide timely and accurate information as it becomes available, I write to share an update about the subject of some of those questions: Mills’ ongoing collaboration with UC Berkeley.

Even though it has been our unwritten policy to not contact members of our community over spring break, I wanted to inform you of some important news before it is shared broadly. Mills has agreed to be the location for the UC Berkeley Changemaker—Oakland Program, a brand-new program that will allow 200 Berkeley first-year students of all genders to live and study on the Mills campus during the 2021–22 academic year. These students will have their own dedicated classes and residence halls, but there will be opportunities for Mills and UC Berkeley students to interact through co-curricular activities.

The UC Berkeley program will be based on the Mills campus to immerse students in the Mills mission of advancing gender and racial equity. It will also provide a new source of revenue that will help support services for Mills students during our transition period. You can learn more details about this new program that was just announced on the UC Berkeley Changemaker—Oakland website.

We expect that further information about the program, including the potential of cross-registration, will be announced in the coming months as details are finalized. Meanwhile, UC Berkeley and Mills will seek to build on the existing association between the two institutions.

Please enjoy your spring break, stay safe, and get some much-needed rest before we return to classes next week.



Elizabeth L. Hillman
President, Mills College

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Tami Kelly
Email: tkelly@mills.edu
Phone: 925.640.9997