NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Emerald Mitchell

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Dr. Emerald Mitchell is a young, grassroots leader who believes that youth can achieve anything that they can dream. Since moving to Nashville in 2000, she has worked diligently to mitigate the “exposure gap” and ensure that underserved youth are exposed to experiences that will help them realize their aspirations. Dr. Mitchell received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Fisk University, M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix campus, Master’s in Education from Tennessee State University and received her Doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.

As the Executive Director of Moves & Grooves, a nonprofit arts organization which serves over 350 youth from Middle Tennessee each year in afterschool and enrichment programming, Dr. Mitchell has consistently integrated innovative strategies to ensure students are surrounded by caring educators, engaged in programming that teaches them skills which support success in school and life—such as dance, communication, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, and discipline—and supported in cultivating a strong sense of confidence. Dr. Mitchell is always seeking to raise the bar when it comes to offering students high-quality learning experiences.

In this spirit, she serves as VP Elect on the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, helping to provide school improvement recommendations related to literacy and science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) for the districts 86,000+ students. As a dissertation advisor at Trevecca Nazarene University, Dr. Mitchell mentors school administrators and community leaders in identifying strong research topics and preparing for their dissertation defense so that they can become transformational leaders in their schools and agencies.

Last year, as a result of Dr. Mitchell’s leadership and expressed interest in improving students’ access to high-quality STEM programming, Dr. Mitchell participated in a national pilot called Frontiers in Urban Science Education (FUSE). Through the FUSE pilot, Dr. Mitchell and her team engaged in over 30 hours of engineering design challenges by district leaders and education professionals. This work is serving as a case study to inform future directions for how afterschool programs can bridge STEM learning from the school day to the afterschool day, in an effort to inspire underserved students’ interest and motivation in STEM, and eventual engagement in STEM post-secondary degree programs and careers.

Dr. Mitchell’s track record demonstrates how she advocates for improvements to children’s learning experiences on the community, school, and district level. Additionally, she is a strong advocate for arts, women and people of color as evidenced by her membership in several civic, social and community organizations. Dr. Mitchell serves as the 2018-2019 VP of Development for the Junior League of Nashville, 2018-2019 Board Member of the Art & Business Council of Greater Nashville, Member of Nashville CABLE Women’s Leadership Organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Nashville Chamber: Young Professionals, Young Leaders, and the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance.

She was recently the keynote speaker for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Multi-State Conference where she shared her secret to success in integrating arts instruction and youth engagement in out-of-school time settings to over 12,000 teaching professionals. In December 2017, Dr. Mitchell was elected through a rigorous selection process as a 2018 Nashville Emerging Leader. Dr. Mitchell was also recently nominated for the 2017-2018 NAACP Legacy Award, which is the highest award recognized by a chapter for community involvement and impact. Personally, Dr. Mitchell is the proud wife of Deitrick Mitchell and mother of 4 children Success, Chosen, Believe and Purpose.

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