Heritage Months

Mills students celebrate the heritage of diverse ethnic groups by creating and attending a series of monthly events during the academic year. In collaboration with our Ethnic Studies Department, Mills students of color affinity groups organize Latinx Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, and South Asian Middle Eastern Asian Pacific Islander Awareness Now!. These events are highlights of the Mills annual calendar and a visible statement of our commitment to diversity. Mills Heritage Months are attended by the Mills community as well as the general public, connecting the College to Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

As a Mills student, you can gain valuable skills in designing and promoting special events that celebrate your heritage and bring communities together. Heritage Month activities include dance performances, live theater, concerts, dinners, readings, and spoken word as well as lectures from distinguished speakers including recent guests:

  • Presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris
  • Black feminist scholar and philosopher Angela Y. Davis
  • Writer and poet Cherrie Moraga
  • Veteran civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama
  • Environmentalist Winona LaDuke