Our Center for Leadership, Equity & Excellence is at the heart of student life at Mills. Through a series of events, programs, activities, and resources (and an amazing group of staff), the center will help you get connected, supported, engaged, and inspired at Mills.
Before you even begin your college experience we’ll be organizing a robust New Student Orientation program to welcome you to Mills. Once you’re here, staff and student assistants will help you get involved in campus life through student clubs and organizations and a calendar of eclectic events that will reflect the diversity of our students and their interests.
To empower you to become a thoughtful, collaborative leader who embodies the values of equity and inclusion, we offer a leadership development series of workshops and lectures. You’ll enhance your self awareness and gain leadership skills through topics such as conflict management, strategic planning, and engaging community.
As part of our ongoing efforts to engage the campus and surrounding community in the fight for equity and justice, we offer educational resources, leadership opportunities, and a variety of spaces and formats for learning about social justice and taking action for personal and social change.
At Mills, you’ll join one of the most diverse liberal arts college communities in the country. More than 50 percent of our students identify as people of color, and approximately 35 percent of our undergraduates are first-generation college students. We've developed several special resources to help everyone thrive at Mills.
Students of Color: The center supports all student groups on campus including identity-based groups such as the Latinx Student Collective, Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, the Black Student Collective, and the Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios de Mills College. In addition, we support programs, events, and workshops that celebrate and acknowledge students' experiences and identities such as Black Healing Circle and ethnic heritage months.
First-Generation Students: To help first-gen students transition to college, we offer programs that will support you before and after you start your academic life.
Our Summer Academic Workshop (SAW) is a four-week program that prepares select first-generation college students for the transition to college life. Learn more about SAW.
Being the First is a program that provides support and community-building opportunities for all first-generation college students throughout their experience at Mills. The program focuses on connecting students with the resources they need to meet their academic, personal, and career goals.
Undocumented Students: Functioning as a bridge between students and immigration support services, the center helps undocumented and mixed-status families through community support and limited legal resources. We also hold workshops with legal experts as well as one-on-one consultations for students and their families. We are part of larger networks of educational organizations that advocate for undocumented students.
International Students: The center works with international students on student visa advising and acclimating to the United States and to Mills. Beginning with our International Student Orientation, you'll find the center is the place where you can get connected and supported on your journey here.
The center celebrates the sexual and gender diversity that make up the unique Mills community. Through educational spaces and social events, we educate and bring awareness to the campus-wide community on how to be in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, two-spirit, intersex, and asexual people. We also work with student groups such as Gender Splendor, In Living Queer, Mouthing Off, and Queer of Color Alliance to ensure everyone enjoys an inclusive experience at Mills.