As an East Indian adoptee raised in small Oregon towns, Mitchell is accustomed to being one of the few brown people in a room. Recognizing that her experiences as a person of color in the world differs from most of her family and community, she has spent the last 15 years formally and informally fostering inclusive spaces in schools, workplaces and daily life as a facilitator, organizer and life-long learner.
Mitchell’s theory of change can be summed up in the quote, by Australian, Murri aboriginal activist, Lilla Watson, “If you’ve come here to help me, you’re wasting your time. If you’ve come because your liberation is bound with mine, then let us work together.” Mitchell believes we all hold value, responsibility and agency to transform our communities and world. With each project and relationship, she is committed to sharing skills and resources to turn ideas into action with sustainable and community-driven solutions.
Applying that interconnected lens to her work, Mitchell asks individuals to look inward and also at societal systems of power when advancing equity, inclusion and diversity goals. With humor, patience and a long-term equity-lens, Mitchell offers interactive trainings, reflective facilitation and consultation with a focus on racial, economic and cultural equity and inclusion in rural spaces. She partners with other facilitators to offer trainings around these areas, including LGBTQ+ inclusion and accessibility.
Her professional experiences include volunteer management, event and program coordination, nonprofit administration and finance. Fueled by coffee, a love of land and community, she is a founding board member at Bend International School, a volunteer trainer at Saving Grace and co-founder of Allyship in Action, an emerging and collaborative group of local and diverse equity trainers in Central Oregon. She works for Groundswell Fund as an accountant and is a contract facilitator for Oregon Humanities. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Seattle University.
Here are some one of her past clients and project collaborators:
- City of Bend
- Oregon Humanities
- Bend 2030
- Sisters Folk Festival
- High Desert Museum
- Saving Grace
- Network of Volunteer Administrators
- Oregon’s statewide Conference for Diversity and Inclusion
- Bend Community Conversations
- Restorative Justice Cadre, Bend
- Not In Our Town, Bend
- Oregon Community Foundation
- State of Oregon Capitol Foundation
- Hood River Historical Society
- Columbia Gorge Community College
- Salem Public Library
- High Desert Museum
- Cannon Beach Historical Society
- St. John’s Community Center