Summer 2023

The cover of the summer 2023 issue of Mills Quarterly. A new graduate poses in front of the Senior Paint Wall outside the Tea Shop, which is emblazoned with colorful celebratory messages. She is a Hispanic woman with long black hair, wearing a white dress and teal shoes underneath a black graduation robe and a stole representing the flags of Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

Commencement 2023 by Allison Rost: A unique class celebrates its achievements.

The Producers (& Directors) by Dawn Cunningham ’85: Five alums working in showbiz share their struggles and victories.

The View from Here by Rachel Leibrock, MFA ’05: For better or worse, Oakland has a reputation, but what’s the real story? These Mills graduates add nuance to the conversation about The Town.

The Long (and Short) History of the Senior Paint Wall by Jim Graham: What started as a way to keep the campus maintained in the early 20th century has since evolved into vibrant farewell messages every spring.

Recent Mills Matters Stories

Summer news in brief: Summer activities on the Mills campus, retiring faculty members, and a community development project.

Faculty research receives post-merger boost: How professors’ extracurriculars are getting new support with Northeastern.

Academic progress continues: Interim Dean Beth Kochly provides an update on programs aiming to launch in fall 2024 and 2025.

New partnerships director a familiar face: Center for Transformative Action head Carrie Maultsby-Lute, MBA ’11, steps into a new role on the Mills campus.

Legacy Mills program receives Northeastern award: The Social Justice Peer Mentorship Program earns recognition and sponsorship.

Alums running for Congress: Barbara Tutt Lee ’73 and Lateefah Simon ’17 are in the running for state and local offices up for grabs in the 2024 election.

Merger updates: The latest on the Mills-Northeastern merger. (Check this page for previous stories.)

Special classes pop up on campus: Students get a taste of book art, dance, and media studies through a unique slate of courses.

Precious items still part of the Mills archives: Info on the treasures that remain part of the collections in the Heller Rare Book Room.

Conference kicks off new Black Reparations Project: Four faculty/staff members are leading efforts to make the Mills campus a leader in the reparations movement.