Summer Academic Workshop
Summer Academic Workshop
This four-week residential program, tailored for first-generation college students and students of color, provides selected students with a rigorous academic transition to college and a lasting support community. Over the four weeks, SAW students participate in approximately 68 hours of class time across four course modules (English, social justice, sociological inquiry, and mathematics), and three workshops (sociology, study skills, and writing). This is complemented by 48 hours of structured study time, interspersed with leadership development and team-building activities, introductions to key areas and resources on campus, weekly educational and social outings, athletic programs, and introductions to library and computing services available at Mills. SAW students consistently cite their participation in this program as one of the most meaningful, useful, and memorable aspects of their entire college experience.
The four-week course focuses on the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Students are introduced to college-level work through 68 hours of rigorous classroom instruction. The course has four integrated modules of English, social justice, sociological inquiry, and mathematics. The first three modules emphasize the unifying theme of the intersectionality of social characteristics, and the latter module utilizes examples of this theme, where appropriate, as a basis for enhancing logical reasoning and mathematics skills.
Selected first-generation college students who will benefit from a very rigorous college-level academic program are invited to participate (placement is determined by the College). SAW is designed to ensure students' scholastic and personal success at Mills through ongoing academic year support and peer mentoring.
Sandra M. Banks
NSB 118, 510.430.3133, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Interests: Chemical education, organic chemistry-spectroscopy and organic chemistry reaction mechanisms
NSB 118, 510.430.3313, email@example.com
Professional Interests: Atmospheric chemistry, science education, science and patent law
Professor of English
May Treat Morrison Professorship
Mills Hall Room 311, 510.430.3378, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, U.S. popular culture, the oral tradition in U.S. literature, Black feminist thought, African American art
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Director of Rhetoric and Composition
Mills Hall Room 336, 510.430.3136, email@example.com
Professional Interests: Nineteenth century British literature, British romanticism, the novel, 19th-century science and culture, the history of science, composition and pedagogy