3.25.20 How are the Children: Educational Equity in 2020 with Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell **CANCELL

**EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**

PWA is honored to host Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, Kent Intermediate School District’s first Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, on March 25th for a program that will examine the critical nature of public education, the variables that impact underserved and marginalized children and communities in our area, and how we citizens can use our voices and our votes to address these disparities.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

5:00-5:30pm: Registration

5:30-7:00pm: Program and Q&A

Educational Service Center at Kent ISD

The Grand Room

2930 Knapp Street NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Please click HERE to RSVP for this free event!

Parking is available in Lot #11. Click HERE for map.

Meet Our Speaker – Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell

Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell is a lifelong children’s and public education advocate who is passionate about helping students and educational staff maximize their potential. She began her career at what is now Network 180, connecting children and families to mental health and substance abuse services. From there she took her love of children and community to the most logical place – our public schools, as a School Counselor, Guidance Classroom Teacher, Consultant and Administrator. Currently, she serves as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Kent Intermediate School District.

Like many educators, Brandy has a true love of learning and community. This, combined with the influence of her parents, led her to continue her own education with a host of degrees, although she was the first in her family to go to college. Dr. Lovelady Mitchell completed a Doctorate of Education Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. Her doctoral studies focused on high-achieving Black males at the secondary level. Dr. Lovelady Mitchell says her intention is to help educators and key stakeholders shift the narrative from pathologies to the success stories of children of color and historically marginalized students.

Her professional work and doctoral studies caused Eastern Michigan University to describe her as an “upcoming educator to watch” and the university has honored her as one of their 2015 Scholars of Excellence. Recently, the Grand Rapids chapter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities honored Brandy as an Elite Educationalist. Mitchell is one of Michigan's former State Social Action Coordinators for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She has also had the honor of being invited to participate in two White House Convenings related to our former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative. She gladly participated!

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