July 1, 2022

Mitchell wins 2022 Outstanding Visual Project IAANI Award

RSP Program Counselor and UMW 2012 alumna Shanita Mitchell

RSP Program Counselor and UMW 2012 alumna Shanita Mitchell

Rappahannock Scholars Program Counselor Shanita Mitchell was just recently recognized with an award by the International Association of Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry for multimedia project “A Seat at the Table: A Dance Performance.” This project is a multimedia video that was danced, filmed, and edited by Shanita. The project received recognition in the category of Outstanding Audio/Visual Project. The award was presented at the 2022  International Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative (ISAN) Conference, which was held between January 3rd through the 5th. While attending the conference, Shanita also co-presented “Disrupting the MA English Thesis: Using Autoethnography to Explore Culture and Identity in Advanced Literary Studies” where she discussed her research and experience writing her Master’s thesis.

Shanita has also been invited to be the featured performer and speaker at the CUNY New York City College of Technology upcoming Black History Month Program program themed “A Visual Celebration of Black Womanhood.” The program will feature an interview moderated by author and Chair of Department of African American Studies, Renata Ferdinand, and a press release to the campus and wider CUNY community. Shanita’s award winning work can be viewed in the online literary and arts magazine The AutoEthnographer. Currently, Shanita serves as a member of the editorial board and columnist at the magazine.