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We are a concerned group of Alums fighting for transparency & justice in the illegal handover of mills college to northeastern university



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Oakland's Housing Element Adopted

On February 17, 2023, the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development found the Housing Element in full compliance.  The plan includes rezoning of the 135-acre Mills campus to allow for private real estate development, including condominiums and retail. Read an Article about the Rezoning.

See the Final Housing Element Document.

Send In Your Concerns & Comments

The comment period is currently open. Submit your comments until May 9, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

Email to:

U.S. Mail: Lakshmi Rajagopalan, AICP, Planner IV, City of Oakland Bureau of Planning, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315, Oakland, CA 94612 or by fax to (510) 238-6538.

Reference: Phase I Oakland 2045 General Plan Update Draft EIR Comments

Next Public Meeting

(in person, not on zoom)

April 19, 2023, 3:00 PM

Council Chambers in City Hall

Click for the Agenda and More Information. Click for Talking Points.  

Alums and Friends of Mills sent in comments (almost 1/3 of the total comments) against the rezoning proposal and in favor of a thorough investigation. Thank you, everyone, for speaking up!


The Housing Element provided this blanket, generic response to all of the Mills comments:


"As part of the city's current effort to update its Housing Element, the undeveloped western edge of the

Mills College campus adjacent to MacArthur Blvd. was identified as a potential location for the addition of infill housing. Any rezoning of that portion of the campus would only occur if the

community and decisionmakers support such a change and only for the purpose of facilitating the

addition of housing along this undeveloped campus edge.

Staff will be conducting community outreach between Winter - Spring 2023 to discuss and

get further feedback on the implementation actions of proposed Housing Element-related rezonings and overlays. The proposed zoning amendments to implement the Housing Element will

come before City Council in Summer 2023."

Mills neighbors, alums and friends are preparing for the "community outreach" phase that is scheduled to start in March. Our efforts are focused on preservation of this open space and its fragile eco-system.

Learn more, be present with us! Email us today.

- Read The Comments Submitted -


Let's Investigate!

Congratulations to Mills Alum, Sheng Thao! Sheng is Oakland's next Mayor and is pressing forward with an investigation of this acquisition. Mills Alums are busily strategizing! We are calling for all hands on deck! If you have a law or political background or if you are on fire to get justice for Mills, her faculty, staff, students, campus and community, connect with us ASAP.

Read the Press Release.




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Write To All These People!




I Want To Do MORE!



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Post this flyer on your car window, at the Library, on every public bulletin board. Use it on Social Media, email it to everyone.

Learn more at Investigate Mills College or email:

Sign the Public

Petition Now!

Student lawsuit

Mills College Students File Class Action Lawsuit Against Mills College

Plaintiff Willa Cordrey began attending Mills College in August 2019. Ms. Cordrey was enrolled in Mills’ “4+1” program, which would have allowed her to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Education, Master’s degree in Education, and a California teaching credential, all within five years. Mills College repeatedly misled Ms. Cordrey about her ability to graduate and get her teaching credential through Mills College, before finally stating that the best they could do is allow her to receive her Bachelor’s in Communications or a similarly unrelated major through Northeastern University, with no path to receive her teaching credential. “I loved Mills, and I loved my program,” said Ms. Cordrey. “I wanted to learn how to teach at Mills, because I felt that my classes and professors were preparing me to be the kind of teacher I wanted to be. I did everything I could to complete my education at Mills. The administration had an obligation to their current students, and they have failed us.” Ms. Cordrey is in the process of finding a college to transfer to for the upcoming academic year.

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Independent analysis confirms:

Mills is viable

And Does NOT Need To Be Saved


Further investigation reveals:

Endowment +$35M
Alumnae Fundraising +$9.4M


* After reaching record enrollment, the student recruitment focus was narrowed and the student body shrank.
* Tenured faculty fired.
* Faculty denied a cost-of-living increase for almost 10 years.

meanwhile... administrative spending grows until it completely exceeds all other budgets,
even the budget for instruction.


  • Administrative Spending Up $3.6M

  • Positive Cash Flow, Debt Paid Off: $2.3M

  • Endowment Grew 20%; Value $225.6M

$23.6M was spent on Administration which is $6.6M MORE than it spent on Instruction.

In Perspective: It's about $12M more on Administration compared to similarly sized colleges.

see the AUDIT

see the reports

* independent analysis 
* requested by
   CA's Attorney General  


For 169 YEARS, Mills has always provided underserved students access to a top-ranked college education. This diverse community that includes the largest LGBTQ student population of any U.S. College, students of color and moms, along with traditional aged students, will lose out when this 

is GONE.


In a letter to President Hillman, a small group of alumnae blame the 58% LGBTQ student body for the college's financial issues - calling them a "marketing problem." To compound the statement even further,

the President, a lesbian herself,

has remained silent. 

Read the letter. 

Support our LGBTQ community by

signing our petition. 


One of the oldest LGBTQ refuges in America is on the verge of being erased.

SF Chronicle, 10/23/21

The Mills Gay Agenda Op Ed

Mills College Student Paper

The Campanil


Student perspective

Mills students are in the midst of transferring. Hear from a recent transfer who is now at Susan Mills' alma mater, Mt. Holyoke

(class of 1845). Susan received her undergraduate degree at

Mt. Holyoke, taught for several years around the world and eventually founded Mills College where she

served as President for 19 years.

listen now

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And, Yes, the judge agrees with us.

He disagreed with the demurrer filed by the College and dropped it.

Learn More!


Find the financial data requested by CA Attorney General Rob Bonta that proves

Mills College is not in financial peril. 

Learn More & Support the Continued Work!

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