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Forum 43:

Captain Marvel and 21st-century Women's Colleges

Held Thursday, May 23, 2019

Forum Summary

“I’m not who you think I am,” warns Captain Marvel in the blockbuster movie released on International Women’s Day 2019. Hollywood’s latest hero turns super only after she reconciles the irrepressible girl she used to be with the pilot/warrior she has become, unleashing the intergalactic energy she picked up along the way. Women’s colleges are much the same: Their potential can only be realized when they connect who they were to what the world needs them to become. Women’s colleges must update their identities and turn to partnerships with others who care about the education of women and girls. Those partners include community colleges and public universities, government agencies and community-based non-profits, corporations and entrepreneurs, and K-12 educators. At Mills College in Oakland, we are developing such partnerships to address racial injustice and disrupt the gender binary while sustaining our core mission.

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