Stand Out. Fit In.

At Mills, you’ll discover a diverse and inclusive community for LGBTQ+ students and their allies. Our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment has garnered a four-star ranking from the Campus Pride Index, the premier national listing of LGBTQ+-friendly colleges and universities. We’re also recognized as the first women’s college to create an admission policy for transgender students. Today, we celebrate LGBTQ+ students through unique academic opportunities, student organizations, and special campus events.

Academic Life

Tap into your creativity and conviction in small, collaborative classes that embrace the values of diversity, equity, and social justice. You’ll work closely with faculty who are engaged in research and creative work addressing gender, sexuality, intersectionality, diverse LGBTQ+ communities, racial justice, and social change. You can explore these topics through a wide range of courses, and undergraduates can major in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies or minor in queer studies. Graduate students delve into LGBTQ+ issues through their master’s thesis work, such as an art exhibition, live performance, original research, or consulting project for a Bay Area organization.

We offer topical classes (many of which satisfy general education requirements) that may spark your interest, including:

Contemporary Queer Writers of Color
Feminist and Queer Theories
Gender and the Western Visual Tradition
Introduction to Queer Studies
Queer Ecologies
Queer Kinship
Race, Sexuality, and the State
Schools, Sexuality, and Gender
Sexuality and the City
Studies in Lesbian Writing
Transnational Sexualities

Student Life

LGBTQ+ students participate in diverse student-run organizations, undergraduate varsity sports teams, and eclectic LGBTQ+ events for undergraduate and graduate students. Past events and activities have included Sexualidades Campesinas/Farmworker Sexualities, Gender Expression in the Workplace, LGBTQIA Student Reception, Social Justice Beyond the Classroom, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Trans Week of Visibility, Beyond Binaries, and Our Stories/Our Liberation: Social Justice and Leadership Summit. You can join groups that serve your community, or start your own club to put your leadership skills to work.

Student clubs vary from year to year and typically include affinity groups for:

  • Queer and questioning students of color
  • Student with diverse gender identities and expressions
  • Queer-identified graduate students
  • LGBTQ+ identified, straight allies, and others who want to support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community

Campus Resources

We offer a range of resources to help you thrive at Mills. And we’re here to listen as new needs arise.

  • The Center for Leadership, Equity and Excellence supports students addressing social justice issues and offers leadership development training. Additionally, the Center provides educational spaces and social events that bring awareness to the campus community on how to be in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, two-spirit, intersex, and asexual people.
  • The Mills Bridge Advocate Team helps LGBTQ+ students navigate college.
  • LGBTIQ Alumnae/i of Mills College offers support and networking opportunities.
  • The Gender Identity and Expression Subcommittee and the Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice promote dialog about issues of gender identity and expression and promote best practices with regard to the inclusion of transgender and gender-fluid students, alumnae, faculty, and staff.
  • Our student health plan includes coverage for counseling services, hormone replacement therapy, and gender confirmation surgeries for transgender students.
  • We offer gender-inclusive housing options and same-sex partners are welcome in our family apartments.
  • Gender-inclusive restrooms are available in residence halls and in buildings across campus.

Thanks to our location in the Bay Area, you can also find support through strong LGBTQ+ communities in Oakland and San Francisco. You’ll have access to advocacy groups such as the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, the SF LGBT Center, Lyon-Martin Health Services, Community United Against Violence, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and organizations that specifically serve LGBTQ+ people of color.