Rakiba Mitchell

A photo of Rakiba Mitchell.

Part-Time Lecturer

Leadership and Counseling; Teacher Education

304 John W. Porter Building


[email protected]


Rakiba Mitchell is a school counselor, licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor, adjunct professor, HBCU advocate and mixed media artist from Detroit, MI.
During her twenty-two-year tenure as a k-12 educator in public school districts she has been of service to students as an art teacher, language arts teacher, middle school counselor, alternative school counselor and high school counselor.

Ms. Mitchell has received a multitude of honors which are inclusive of being selected for the 2020 Inaugural School Counselor Leadership Fellows Program at San Diego State University, 2019 College Board National Counselor Recognition Program, Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendents Service Award (2019) and 2015 College Signing Day Panelist featuring First Lady Michelle Obama.

She is the Founder and CEO of HBC&U Legacies, a team of educators who facilitate workshops for other educators and provides them with the tools necessary to implement an HBCU inclusive college going culture. Her team also assists students with the HBCU exploration and application process. HBC&U Legacies was recognized at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 88th Great Lakes Regional Conference as Community Superstars for their work with HBCU promotion.

In the fall of 2019 Ms. Mitchell designed, created, and obtained a copyright for her AfroShe Collection—mixed media collage pieces that celebrates the essence of black women. From the various silhouettes to the skin tones and the beautiful cascading flowers that adorn their heads, she customizes each painting so that every woman can see herself as a beautiful masterpiece.
Ms. Mitchell was featured as the artist of the week in BLAC Detroit Magazine in January of 2021.

Rakiba Mitchell is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Iota Omega Chapter. She has received recognition for the creation of Club 1908: A Virtual Harlem Renaissance Experience. In her leisure, she enjoys facilitating sessions on creating virtually interactive experiences and virtual rooms (both of which are used as educational tools) and writes in her blog "Tea with She." She is unapologetically passionate about black culture, her roots and social justice and uses her platform as an artist and a writer to empower others.