Special to Iredell Free News

Each year Mitchell Community College recognizes individuals in the community and at the College who exemplify the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through their work for our community.

The Equity and Inclusion Awards are named for the late Viola Kimbrough Parker, a former Mitchell employee and community leader who devoted her life to the betterment of all people. The annual Viola Parker Equity and Inclusion Awards are awarded to a Mitchell student, a Mitchell employee, and a person from the community.

The award recipients will be recognized at the annual Awards Day ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, at 11 a.m. in Shearer Hall.


The college encourages the community to take an active part in nominating deserving individuals for this award. To submit a nomination, email Mitchell’s Equity and Inclusion Council at eic@mitchellcc.edu. Include in your nomination the name and contact information of the individual you are nominating as well as your own contact information. Please also include how your nominee has contributed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice at Mitchell or in the community. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 28.

Equity and Inclusion Council Mission Statement

At Mitchell Community College, we believe an inclusive culture puts diversity into action by producing a climate of engagement and respect where an array of beliefs, interests, experiences, and perspectives are valued and utilized to achieve our goals. The Equity and Inclusion Council, with the support of the college administration, advises and recommends policy and practice on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion

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