1. Support protesters and advocacy groups
Individuals can fund causes that help bail out and provide supplies for protesters. “Even though many of us can’t be a part of protests physically, we can at least be a part of them fiscally,” says Wendi Williams, dean of the School of Education at Mills College. “But it is also important to recognize what we can do once these protests end. We must support the works and research of scholars that we feel are advancing equity and justice through their work.”
These include scholarship and policy that promote equitable education and that work to reallocate funding away from militarized policing, especially as it disproportionately impacts students of color, and especially Black girls and boys, as well as children racially profiled as non-citizens.
“Funding can help these crucial movements move forward and survive,” she adds.
Off-campus research and activism at Mills
Ethnic studies faculty empower students to build relationships with communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Mills, students can volunteer or intern with local organizations or conduct research on topics relevant to local communities. Recent student research has examined:
- Oakland residents’ understanding of “safety”
- Food access for low-income African American mothers
- Explorations of the emerging Latino vote
- Multiracial Filipinas/os
- Race and disability in fantasy fiction
For more information about Ethnic Studies at Mills, click here.