Division of Student Affairs

Staff Spotlight: Alyssa Mitchell

Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 by Jolie Helton under Inside Student Affairs, Spartan Story. Tags:

Staff Spotlight Graphic on HRL employee Alyssa Mitchell

Alyssa Mitchell is a Coordinator for Residence Life for Lexington and McCormick. She joined UNCG in July 2017. Alyssa received her B.S. in Communication Studies from SUNY Brockport in 2014 and her M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of West Georgia in 2017. A fun fact about Alyssa – she used to drum with the Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company in New York. Also, last year she donated 12″ of her hair to “Hair We Share”, a non-profit organization based in Long Island, NY that creates wigs that are donated free of charge to people across the world who suffer from medical hair loss (chemotherapy, head trauma, burn victims, etc.). In addition to her hair donation, Alyssa also organized a social media campaign that raised $125 to contribute to Hair We Share’s efforts. 

What does the Student Affairs mission of Engage, Empower, Enrich mean to you?

To me, the mission means our Division provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities, tools, resources, and spaces that are welcoming, safe, and inclusive, where others can show up as their most authentic selves and interact with others to encourage academic and personal growth. The hope is that this learning doesn’t end beyond that space and inspires others to continue to seek further opportunities for growth and continue to have meaningful conversations and interactions during their time at UNCG and afterwards that can truly make a difference.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is that no two days look the same which constantly keeps me on my toes! One day I can be meeting with campus partners collaborating on a campus initiative program, one day I can be doing crisis management or problem-solving, and another I can be with students having deep departmental conversations or laughing and bonding with them. Either way, each day brings me new and exciting challenges that helps me pour back into our institution and students while simultaneously challenging and encouraging me to become a better professional and person.

How do you feel your department makes an impact on students?

So many ways! I like to consider HRL the front lines when it comes to student engagement. I literally live in the same building with my students so it is impossible not to interact with them daily! The largest way I think my department makes an impact on students is by providing them with safe, comfortable, accessible, and inclusive housing that allows students to feel valued and success academically and socially. Then within the residence halls, we make impacts through programs and conversations that promote learning and personal growth, training our student staff so they feel confident and comfortable assisting and supporting their residents through open dialogue, as well as serving on call so we are able to support residents in crisis 24 hours a day.

How would you describe UNCG to a prospective student or employee?

I would describe UNCG to a prospective student or employee as a place you can make your home. There are so many different opportunities to get involved on campus (as a student or employee) and there are tons of people with diverse interests, perspectives, identities, and experiences to find community and grow with. I personally love the diversity on our campus and it has allowed me to learn so much about myself and others.

What are you most proud of during your time at UNCG so far?

I am really proud of the work I have done being a producer of UNCG’s Vagina Monologues for the past three years. The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play, based on the work of V-Day Founder Eve Ensler. Students, faculty, staff, and community members can participate as cast as well as attend the show. It contains a wide range of extremely personal and powerful stories from around the world from female-identifying individuals/anyone with a vagina and their experiences and perspectives with topics like periods, rape, body image, and love. V-Day has a very specific goal of ending violence against women, and changing attitudes and conditions that lead to violence. The Vagina Monologues is part of that effort and intends to spark vigorous dialogue, and in that effort it has been very effective. The production raises funds to support Clara House/Piedmont Family Services (a local domestic violence shelter) as well as the national V-Day campaign. My first year we raised $3,526 and my second year we raised $4,210. It’s such a beautiful thing to be a part of, and I love getting to bond, laugh, and grow with the dynamic members of the cast each year. They make me extremely proud, and we truly make a difference.

Housing & Residence Life provides safe, inclusive, and secure residential communities where a diverse, innovative, and responsive team of professionals encourages students to pursue academic excellence, personal growth, civic leadership, and responsibility.