Mills College President, Elizabeth Hillman, responded to the BFA Letter supporting the 5 tenured faculty who had been terminated.
“Thank you for writing on behalf of the board of the Berkeley Faculty Association to support our colleagues on the Mills College faculty. I share your concern for Mills and for individual faculty as we seek to secure Mills’ financial stability. Part of that support involves extensive communication, including the attached documents shared with the Mills community last week and posted on our website. Those documents note the faculty involvement in our processes and the steps taken by the Mills College Board of Trustees. I value faculty engagement as important in its own right and as part of the processes set out in the College’s policies, which we followed and which require faculty consultation.”
The Presidential Communication to Mills College Faculty, Staff, and Students sets out the broad criteria used in laying off the 5 faculty and for rejecting the Alternative Plan proposed by faculty that would avoid layoffs. If you have heard of any response from Mills faculty, please let me know. We should be following the strategies of other colleges and universities as they tackle financial “crises”.
The issue of “free speech” continues to bug our campus. The Berkeley College Republicans invited former Breitbart writer, Ben Shapiro, and last week the administration appeared to have proposed a specific date and venue, contrary to what had been reported in the press. (see below)
Chair of the BFA.