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.
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
Race, Sexuality, and the State
Schools, Sexuality, and Gender
Sexuality and the City
Studies in Lesbian Writing
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:
We offer a range of resources to help you thrive at Mills. And we’re here to listen as new needs arise.
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.