A platform for magnifying impact

Northeastern University and Mills College are merging to create something truly unique in higher education: a bicoastal university that leverages Mills’ legacy in equity, social justice, and women’s leadership and Northeastern’s own mission in diverse and inclusive global experiential learning and research.

“The moment invites us to reunite as one Mills community and, working alongside our Northeastern colleagues, create a future that honors the legacy of Mills and brings vital elements of a Mills education to new audiences here and throughout Northeastern’s global network of campuses.” 

Elizabeth Hillman , president of Mills College

In addition to Mills College at Northeastern University, the merger will establish the Mills Institute, dedicated to advancing women’s leadership and to empowering BIPOC and first-generation students. Northeastern will provide seed funding for the Institute, along with support and infrastructure provided to Northeastern’s existing interdisciplinary centers and institutes.

As the Mills Institute and Mills College at Northeastern continue to advance the legacy of Mills—particularly through its deep connections with the Oakland community—students, alumnae, and faculty will be able to take advantage of the full breadth of Northeastern’s research enterprise and global and experiential offerings. Additional integration plans include new academic programs and shared technology and infrastructure. 

“Our world is in desperate need of what great colleges and universities provide: knowledge, discovery, innovation, inclusion, and service. By joining together, Mills and Northeastern can reach new heights and have broader impacts on our world.”

Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern

In the weeks and months ahead, look for updates as Northeastern and Mills work together to further shape an exciting vision that will elevate their academic communities and ultimately society as a whole.

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