Mills stands in solidarity with our Black students, staff, faculty, and allies against anti-Black racism, police violence, and racial inequity. It is our responsibility to lead at this critical moment and fulfill our commitment to pursuing gender and racial justice. Our actions must create lasting impact both at Mills College and beyond.

What We're Doing

Mills is committed to taking action to become an anti-racist institution. We will develop a preliminary plan early in the fall 2020 semester that is informed by the voices and efforts of our Black Student Collective, Black MBA Students Group, Black Faculty and Staff Association, all Black Mills faculty and staff, and the Alumnae of Color Committee of the Alumnae Association of Mills College. We will listen to, follow their lead, and support their efforts, and those of our East Oakland neighbors.

For the last few months, we have held important conversations with our community members, and they have asked us to use the following principles in developing our plan:

Student activism is a central part of the Mills educational experience. Our students have asked us to make changes in the following areas:

View the detailed list of student demands.

We approach this process openly and will strive to develop our plan and implementation timelines with full transparency. If you have any feedback or questions, please email

What We've Done

While we recognize that we have much work to do, here we share some of the progress that Mills has made to be an inclusive, diverse environment that provides access and opportunities to Black students and students of color.

Who We Are

Founded in 1852 to create educational access for women, Mills has expanded our mission to include a commitment to dismantling gender and racial barriers. While we are recognized for our diversity and commitment to equity and inclusion, today, we are taking action to deepen this commitment as an anti-racist institution.

students of color
Black undergraduate students
(vs. 4% at peer institutions)
Black graduate students
(vs. 4% at peer institutions)
of our faculty are people of color
Black faculty
(vs. 4% at peer institutions)
staff of color
Black staff
(vs. 8% at peer institutions)
Black management

Infographic Source Data: 2019–20 Facts & Trends (Mills data); 2018–19 US Department of Education (comparison data); 2019–20 IPEDS and 2018 Standard Occupational Classification System (management data)

Black student, faculty, staff, and management statistics do not include individuals reporting as multiracial (two or more races).