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(Photo courtesy of Chad Lutz) The Mills College Board of Trustees and other community members listen to testimonies from faculty and students on June 22, 2017.

Mills College waits for Board of Trustees’ decision as officials endeavor to calm concerns

In the wake of what has been a tumultuous few weeks for much of the community of Mills College, apprehension among some faculty, students, parents and alumni has persisted as they await the outcome of decisions made to stabilize the college’s finances, which could include the elimination of several departments and the dismissal of up […]

(Photo courtesy of Chad Lutz) Director of the MFA in Translation Achy Obejas defends the program against its proposed termination before the Board of Trustees at Mills College on June 22, 2017.

Testimony to Mills College Board of Trustees: Distinguished Visiting Writer Achy Obejas, director of MFA in translation

Dear Board Chair Sanborn and Board of Trustees: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Financial Stability Plan (FSP) and, specifically, the proposed cancellation of the MFA in Translation. First, I want to stress that I appreciate all too well the dire circumstances in which the College finds itself. I understand that in […]

(Photo courtesy of Chad Lutz) María De Los Ángeles Dominguez, an ethnic studies alumna and incoming co-chair of the Alumni of Color Committee, testifies against the proposed layoffs of faculty members before the Board of Trustees at Mills College on June 22, 2017.

Testimony to Mills College Board of Trustees: Alumni of Color Committee Co-Chair María De Los Ángeles Domínguez

My name is María De Los Ángeles Domínguez, Ethnic Studies alumna, born and raised in East Oakland less than a half mile from here, along with my sister, Ana Dominguez, who is a current ethnic studies student. My history goes back to Mills in 1998 when I was part of Mills Upward Bound program. I […]

(Photo courtesy of Chad Lutz) Amanda Lezra, a senior double majoring in English literature, and global humanities and critical thought and minoring in religious studies testifies before the Board of Trustees against proposed faculty layoffs at Mills College on June 22, 2017.

Testimony to Mills College Board of Trustees: student Amanda Lezra

Good afternoon, My name is Amanda Lezra. I am a senior majoring in English literature, global humanities and critical thought, and minoring in religious studies. I have attended five different higher education institutions: Ventura College in California, Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain, Drew University in New Jersey, the University of Texas at Austin, and now, […]

(Photo courtesy of Chad Lutz) Student Affairs Chair Mi Rae Park testifies before the Board of Trustees in oppositions of proposed faculty layoffs at Mills College on June 22, 2017.

Testimony to Mills College Board of Trustees: incoming ASMC Student Affairs Chair Mi Rae Park

Hello Everyone, My name is Mi Rae Park. I am the incoming Student Affairs Chair of ASMC (Associated Students of Mills College). And I’m sitting here today to do my elected duty to represent the Mills students’ voices and our voices are saying to you, the Board of Trustees to vote against this inadequate plan. Why, […]

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Testimony to Mills College Board of Trustees: Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Vivian Chin

Vivian Chin Statement to the Board of Trustees June 22, 2017 I stand with all 11 mostly tenured faculty who received the “potential status of your position” (probable layoff) email. I am an associate professor in ethnic studies who costs less than a full professor. Desperate times call for desperate measures and ethnic studies is […]

Testimony to Mills College Board of Trustees: Associate Professor of Philosophy Jay Gupta

My name is Jay Gupta, associate professor of philosophy. Philosophy is often said to be a cornerstone of a liberal arts education. And there are powerful reasons why this must be especially acknowledged at a preeminent women’s college like Mills. I will quote from my colleagues at Wellesley, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Bryn Mawr, who […]

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