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Claire Mitchell, PhD

Research Specialist

Claire has over 15 years of experience as a teacher, advisor, and researcher in K-12 and higher education. She has focused on creating safe, inclusive learning spaces and evaluating interventions that seek to prepare underprivileged students and adult learners for success along their career trajectories. She has worked on federally funded (NSF, NIH, IES) research studies, where she has partnered with faculty, policy makers, and practitioners across the country in the STEM, education, and health-care fields to explore best practice in diversity and inclusion strategy and policy. 
Claire's research, along with her work teaching and advising students at the postsecondary level, allowed her to see first-hand the critical significance of culturally responsive curriculum that incorporates opportunities for reflection on issues of identity and intersectionality. She feels strongly that such programming has the potential to mitigate the impact of institutionalized discrimination and bias and is excited to support the product development team at Blue Level. She earned her PhD in higher education from the University of Virginia and has remained in Charlottesville, where she loves to take her two French bulldogs on long walks in the Blue Ridge Mountains.