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Guam’s sovereignty struggles at the United Nations

Earlier this month, I helped to organize a group of indigenous Chamoru women from Guam to testify at the United Nations Special Fourth Committee on Decolonization. This was my second time testifying before the U.N. on behalf of Guam’s right to self-determination and demilitarization. Last year, I spoke about the threats from North Korea to bomb […]

Staff editorial: Classroom dynamics are often stacked against non-traditional students and students of color

As the fall semester launches and assignments pile up, our staff took a moment to reflect on Mills College’s classroom culture and academic dynamics. Many of us chose to attend Mills because the small classroom sizes promised engaging discussions and offered us opportunities to receive close mentorship from faculty. Small class sizes also offer their […]

Seeing Pacific Islanders as Indigenous Peoples, not as Asian Americans

Last fall, I was extremely excited when I heard that there was another native Chamoru student attending Mills. Chamorus are the Indigenous peoples of the Marianas Islands — including the island of Guam, where I’m from. Coming from a small island in the Pacific, it’s always a big deal when I meet another Pacific Islander — let alone […]

From the island to the bay: Diaspora and homeland experiences

We are both native Chamorus from the Pacific island of Guam, an unincorporated United States territory and one of the last United Nations recognized colonies in the world. The island and her people have experienced a long history of colonization and an ongoing reality of militarization. Many of our family’s lands have been unjustly taken […]

(Photo courtesy of Manny Cruz)  Chamoru delegates hold the Guam flag in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York City during a trip to speak on behalf of decolonizing the island on Oct. 3, 2017.

Decolonization efforts bring delegates from Guam to United Nations

Last week, I traveled to New York City to speak in front of the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee on how the United States continues to militarize my home island and prevent my people from decolonizing and determining our destiny. I’m a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guam, an unincorporated U.S. territory […]

Staff Editorial: Misleading social justice rhetoric accompanies tuition reset, as undocumented students are overlooked

During Convocation on September 15, President Hillman announced that Mills tuition will be cut by 36 percent, and that this tuition reset will be implemented in fall 2018. The tuition reset will moderately assist some students, and the change in sticker price has the potential to bring more lower-income and first generation students to Mills. However, […]

Lea Robinson takes over as new assistant dean

Robinson stepped up to replace departing Assistant Dean Sabrina Kwist in February, and plans to focus on restorative justice and retention at Mills.

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