Visiting Oakland and Mills College

National Association for Ethnic Studies

Comes to Oakland on the Campus of Mills College!!

Why Oakland?  Oakland is an epicenter of ethnic and cultural vibrancy.  With a historic past and a significant impact in the development of racial, ethnic, economic, environmental, and cultural production, Oakland is still making a history.

Among other highlights, the city recently elected its first Asian-American mayor, Jean Quan.  One of the first Asian American mayors of any major U.S. city, Quan’s tenure has marked significant change in the descriptive representation of city politics.  Along with nearby San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee, the Oakland metropolitan region continues to be an indicator of ethnic and cultural diversity.  For example, we are proud to host the 42nd Annual Conference as the 12th Annual Oakland International Film Festival also is underway from April 3-6, 2014, as we seek to continue to encourage diverse engagement, representation, and pedagogy while conference attendees visit Oakland.

Oakland is also an ideal location as the city is the site of the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station film, which documents the final moments of life of Oscar Grant, an Oakland resident, who on New Year’s 2009, was murdered by a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police officer, Johannes Mehserle, while unarmed, hand-cuffed and contained.  A significant aspect of the NAES mission, NAES is proud to continue to keep present the ongoing conversation about racial and social justice, relations between law enforcement and minority communities, and the importance of the advancement of equal opportunity for all.  Clearly, Oakland remains a center of America’s ongoing ethnic and cultural revolution.  Such is evident by viewing Eric Fischer’s map of Oakland’s racial demographics based on the 2000 Census:

Research Justice in Action

The region is also home to many academic institutions, institutes, and centers that engage the values and mission of NAES through their work and commitment to diversity.  As such, NAES is proud to co-host the 42nd Annual Conference with Mills College, with a significant role being led by the Department of Ethnic Studies.  In addition, we are excited to have collaborated in this exciting conference with the Department of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and other key institutes and organizations through the Bay Area.

Oakland Attractions and Links

In 2013, Oakland was listed as the most exciting city by Mvoto.  In 2012, the New York Times rated Oakland #5 of the 45 places to go!


Mills College

Mills College – Department of Ethnic Studies

Visit Oakland

Oakland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

City of Oakland

Oakland International Film Festival

Paramount Theatre

Oakland First Fridays: An Immersive Art and Community Experience

Oakland Museum of California

East Bay Regional Park District

Oakland History Room

Oakland Transitions – Codeswitch NPR

 Selected Reading Resources on Oakland

The Color of Power: Racial Coalitions and Political Power in Oakland

by Frédérick Douzet

American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland

by Robert O. Self

No There There: Race, Class, and Political Community in Oakland

by Chris Rhomberg

 Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California

by Donna Murch

Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy

by Alison Hope Alkon