Dona Gassaway Mitchell is the International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention (IATDP) 1St Vice President and the 108TH Annual IATDP Conference Co-Chair in partnership with the Texas Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention (TATDP), held in Dallas TX, October 21-24, 2018 at the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West, 1590 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75234. The conference slated for Dallas, TX aims to gather input from educators, researchers, students, public health, and all those engaged in education to come together for change with a keen focus on engaging students.
The conference will open with a warm welcome by honorable Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and following will be a speech by Texas State Senator Royce West and it will also include international, national and local speakers.
Dona Gassaway Mitchell will be receiving the Visionary Award Honorable Mention at the First Annual Juanita J. Craft Humanitarian Awards Ceremony, 6:00pm on October 11, 2018 at the State Fair of Texas. Visionary Award recognizing an individual whose contributions are currently creating a positive effect on civil rights and community transformation in Dallas. This individual has committed their personal time, resources, and passion to take on a challenge that addresses equity and fairness presently.
Mrs. Mitchell has been a longtime advocate of the transformation of Dallas by creatively initiating programs and themes that address social and civil rights issues at its core. Since 2000 she’s been a civic leader and pillar in the community while mentoring and training young people on how they can make a difference through their artistic talents. An accomplished playwright and Indie film maker, Dona introduces creative and groundbreaking methods of dialogue about social change.
Dona Gassaway Mitchell is a 2018-2019 Life Changer of the Year Nominee because of her great work as the Lancaster ISD Truancy Coordinator. She goes above her job scope in promoting school attendance and keeping students in school. September was National Attendance Month and she successfully completed a month of activities to include: 5th grade poster contest; 6th grade essay contest; 7th-8th grade Slurpee Give A Way to the students caught in class on time, 9th grade Perfect Attendance PS4 Give A Way, 9th grade door decorating contest and the Attendance Clerk Office Contest.
She is a Dallas hero.