Rakiba L Mitchell, MA, LPC, NCC is a highly effective educator with over twenty-five years of experience in the public-school systems. She has invested over seventeen years servicing students as an innovative and compassionate school counselor. One of her unique qualities is the ability to motivate and develop relationships with her students using her S.M.I.L.E (Support, Motivate, Inform, Listen and Empower) technique. Ensuring that all students have access so that they can establish purpose driven post-secondary plans is what drives her work. Mitchell is also an expert at creating interactive educational tools which are inclusive of virtual experiences and resource listings using Google slides and Google docs. She is the Founder and CEO of HBC&U Legacies, (a team of educators who serve as HBCU consultants) and provide HBCU exploration, application, and funding resources. In addition to her work as a high school counselor, Mitchell is a mixed media acrylic collage artist and an adjunct professor in Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. As a conference session facilitator, she offers best practice techniques to attendees. She is also an expert at growing professional social media networks and serves as a lead administrator for several Facebook groups.
It is because of her dedication and unyielding service that Mitchell has received extensive recognitions. Her accomplishments are inclusive of the following: the Michigan Chronicle S.W.A.G Influential Educator Award (2022), being appointed to the DPSCD HBCU Taskforce (2021-22), selected as a MCAN/San Diego State Counselor Leadership Fellow (2020-2022), the Spirit of Detroit Service Award (2021), the DPSCD Superintendent’s Service Award (2019) and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated 88 th Great Lakes Regional Conference Community Superstars Award (2019).