School Board Member, Atlanta Board of Directors
Erika Y. Mitchell, a native of Atlanta, grew up in the southwest community in Atlanta. She attended Alabama State University, by taking advantage of a full athletic scholarship. She won numerous awards for her stellar athletic performance, including the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Mitchell earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems, yielding her the knowledge and opportunity to work for major global brands such as Coca Cola, Cbeyond, and Kodak as an Information Technology (IT) specialist.
The multi-talented professional and local public servant is committed to bridging the support gap between non-profit organizations and for-profit companies to serve the diverse communities within the city better. Mitchell has served as the Program Advisor for Fuel Up To Play 60, Sports Liaison for the NFL Players Association Metro Atlanta Chapter, and Communication Officer for the NFL Alumni- Georgia Chapter before being elected to the Atlanta Board of Education in 2017.
Since elected, Mitchell has led the school board with her work in policy development. Mitchell wrote the first school district's Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking policy, Trauma-Informed Practices policy, Restorative Justice policy, co-wrote the Atlanta Public School Equity policy and authored the Equity and Anti-Racism Resolution for Atlanta Public Schools. In addition, Mitchell, wrote the language for the National School Board Association’s Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking resolution, Trauma-Informed Practices resolution, and Restorative Justice resolutions, which urges the US Congress to provide funding, programming, education, awareness, and advocating for national policy. Mitchell currently serves on the Atlanta Board of Education's Policy Review Committee, Board Development Committee, and the Boards of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine. In addition, Mitchell is currently on the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Taskforce Workgroup, Fulton County Citizen Court Watch for Zone 4, and was appointed by the City of Atlanta's Mayor Bottoms to serve on the Atlanta 2020 Census Committee. In 2019, Mitchell was selected to serve on the Fulton County Juvenile Court Judges section interview panel. Mitchell is also an elected member of the National School Boards Association's Council of Urban Boards of Education's Steering Committee and serves as Vice-Chair 2021-2023. In addition, Mitchell serves as the elected Secretary of the National Black Council of School Board Members, where she chairs the Policy & Resolution Committee for both Councils.
Mitchell was awarded honored with several awards, including the 2020 Atlanta Business League's 100 Women of Influence, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc (The Greater Atlanta Chapter) Public Servant Award, the 2019 C.T Martin's Public Servant Award, and was honored by Alabama State University's "50 under 50" Class of 2018, 2018 America Caribbean Captains of the Industries, 2016 Barack Obama's "President Lifetime Volunteer Service" Award, the "Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major" Award and the 2011 National Black Latino Council Community Organization of the Year. Mitchell is a mother of two, her son Kaden (13), daughter Anna (10), and dog George (2); in her spare time Mitchell, loves to golf, travel, and volunteer in her community.
Overview: College students have encountered unique challenges leading to poor mental health in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Before the pandemic started, one in five college students experienced one or more diagnosable mental disorders worldwide. The fact that the COVID-19 pandemic affects collegiate mental health underscores the urgent need to understand these challenges and concerns. During this session, a panel of experts will discuss the development of courses of action and public health messaging that can better support college students in this crisis.