Racial Justice

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice are values central to the Mills mission of fostering academic excellence, creativity, and innovation and graduating global citizens and leaders. These values are essential to advance the change needed to become an antiracist institution and to realize a dynamic new Mills College at Northeastern University, which will sustain and expand the reach of Mills’ rich legacy. Equity in the transition will include preserving our historic commitment to women’s education and gender equity while furthering our more recent commitment to antiracism.

During this year of transition for Mills, we remain committed to working towards becoming an antiracist institution and acknowledge our responsibility to undo racism on campus by:

  • Prioritizing curricular reform and changing behavior through ongoing engagement, training, and reflection;
  • Providing support and resources that meet the needs of our BIPOC community members and ensuring diversity among our faculty, staff, and student body through equitable recruitment and hiring processes; 
  • Developing effective reporting systems and restorative justice practices; and
  • Dismantling systemic racism to proactively prevent adverse acts specifically against the BIPOC community.

Progress Updates

Antiracism initiatives started both campus-wide and within divisional areas in 2020. Each division aspires to make every individual feel safe, supported, and included at all times and to create space in which the BIPOC community is lifted up while continuing the journey toward eliminating racism and improving equality. Summarized below are notable accomplishments from the Board of Trustees and each divisional area at Mills College through the close of 2021. 

Mills College Transition

Mills is incorporating equity into all aspects of its transition toward becoming Mills College at Northeastern University. Envisioning an equity infrastructure that addresses systemic racism within Mills and acknowledges structural racism beyond Mills is a priority. Kamala Green, special assistant to the president for equity and inclusion (kagreen@mills.edu; 510.430.2333), is currently leading and coordinating campus-wide efforts to embrace antiracism.

The transition toward Mills College at Northeastern University includes:

  • Engaging Mills’ existing Intersectional Antiracism Team (IAT) to outline an equity infrastructure for the new college (fall 2021);
  • Bringing an external antiracism consultant to conduct focus groups and training workshops (spring 2022);
  • Examining and improving Mills’ systems, policies, and practices, including response protocols and restorative justice practices;
  • Listening to our BIPOC leaders, colleagues, and communities on and off campus (ongoing);
  • Supporting vulnerable members of our community through affinity groups and effective grievance processes (ongoing);
  • Funding innovative antiracism work, training, and tools (ongoing); and
  • Connecting to diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders at Northeastern University and embracing Northeastern’s emphasis on experiential learning and outside partnerships

Thanking Our Community

We are grateful for the tremendous efforts made by Mills’ BIPOC community leaders on campus, in particular members of the AAMC Alumnae of Color Committee, the Asian Student Alliance, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Black Student Collective, the Indigenous Women’s Alliance, the Intersectional Antiracism Team (IAT), the Latinx Student Collective, the Muslim Student Alliance, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), the South Asian Student Alliance, the Trans and Gender-nonconforming Club, the White Accountability Group, and countless faculty and staff advisors who have sought to combat racism on campus through numerous initiatives and by engaging regularly with leadership across campus. These groups will continue to meet with leadership members to share ideas and recommendations for this year and beyond. We also thank the Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Committee (formerly the Diversity and Social Justice Committee) that started the College's formal diversity, equity, and inclusion work.