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Preparing the Next Workforce Generation Through the Lens of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Inequity has become a hallmark of American culture, and the pervasiveness of social media has provided upcoming generations a front-row seat. From racial injustice to socioeconomic disparities, children are drawing conclusions about the opportunities they will or will not have throughout their lifetime from a very young age.
What role does our education system play in changing this dialogue? Join the Grand Rapids Chamber on Tuesday, February 23 to learn how diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders Maleika Brown and Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell are preparing local students to become a more diverse, inclusive workforce of tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 23
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Members: $15 / Non-Members: $25
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Maleika Joubert Brown, Ed.S., Director of Equity & Inclusion, Grand Rapids Public Schools
As a 24-year educator in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Maleika works tirelessly to improve the education and life outcomes of the students she serves. In her previous roles as Teacher, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Supervisor and Director of Professional Learning, she maintained a focus on the most important part of our nation’s future — its children. She continues this focus as the Director of Equity and Inclusion for GRPS. This role allows her to work closely with district leadership, staff, students, community partners, and families.
Maleika is an eager student of diversity, equity, inclusion and culture as they relate to student achievement and success. She has earned degrees from Louisiana State University, Marygrove College and Grand Valley State University. Her role as an educator and advocate for students and families has afforded many opportunities to learn, grow and share. She is a CQ certified facilitator and has received advanced learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and trained as a trainer and leader of Creating Safe and Supportive Schools for LGBTQ Students.
Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, EdD, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kent Intermediate School District
Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell is a lifelong children’s advocate who is passionate about community, education and helping individuals maximize their potential. She began her career at what is now Kent County’s Network180, connecting children and families to mental health and substance abuse services. From there, she took her love of children to the most logical place – our public schools – as a School Counselor, Guidance Classroom Teacher, Consultant and Principal. Dr. Lovelady Mitchell currently serves as Kent Intermediate School District’s founding Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Like many educators, Brandy has a true love of learning. 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 staff and children of color. Her professional work and doctoral studies prompted Eastern Michigan University to describe her as an “upcoming educator to watch” and the university recently honored her in 2015 as a Scholar of Excellence.