Christina E. Mitchell earned a Doctorate of Philosophy specializing in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences. She is a Certified Nonprofit Professional and recognized diversity scholar specializing in qualitative research and scholarship holding quantitative competencies. Her research is grounded in nonprofit theory, transnational feminist theory, and conflict resolution theory from interdisciplinary, intersectional, and social justice perspectives as informed by global studies, feminist studies, and activism. Her research interests focus on grassroots or ground-level engagement in the internationalized nonprofit sector. Her research examines the native/indigenous presence in nonprofit practice and discussion, particularly in regions where there is or has been violent conflict. Her motivation is to ensure the inclusion of voices not typically heard in the dominant conversations and decision-making processes. Her theory of change is quite simple: change happens when we approach each other as friends solving mutual problems that affect us both.
Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Science in Conflict Resolution from the University of Oregon School of Law. Her project work has taken on women's rights and xenophobia in South Africa, and developmental disabilities in San Diego. She has published research on Congolese women nonprofit leaders from the conflict-marked eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her recent paper discussing native or indigenous positionality in transnational Guatemalan nonprofit leadership, authored in collaboration with Ignacio Ochoa of Fundación Nahual and Edwin Villela of Fundación Para La Educación En Guatemala, was presented at an international conference in Puerto Rico (August 2015) and the manuscript has been accepted pending revisions for publication by a Tier 1 research journal. And, Christina's, Dr. Mary B. McDonald's (University of San Diego) and Elaine Elliott's (Antigua, Guatemala) case study on the Asociación por Justica y Reconciliación (AJR), a prominent indigenous-organized and -led Guatemalan membership association representing the Mayan victims of genocide notably obtaining a conviction against former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt in 2013, is currently under external review. Christina completed and successfully defended her dissertation, When Worlds Collide: Bringing the Native/Indigenous Transnational Nonprofit Leader to the Conversation (Mitchell, 2016), in April 2016 with a thesis that disrupts the typical North-to-South transnational nonprofit trajectory by investigating the presence of Guatemalan transnational nonprofit leaders as skilled, local-to-global leaders original a country outside North America or Europe, who frequently cross borders to obtain resources and foster relationships in support of nonprofit missions benefitting their country or origin.
As a Certified Nonprofit Professional, Christina is committed to ability, economic, gender, racial, and sexual inclusion by contributing advocacy, grant writing, conflict resolution, policy planning, and strategic project management skills to the nonprofit and public sectors based on knowledge of the intersectional realities that create disparities. Her committed nonprofit and public sector service includes working with community leaders in South Africa working to end the often violent xenophobia against migrants and refugees, the California Disabilities Services Association, network of providers of services to individuals with developmental disabilities, to bring together a community-informed advocacy agenda, and Free2Luv, a self-esteem building campaign for students, to create a solid, marketable grant template. She remains particularly interested in and deeply tied to women and their tremendous, triumphant, and fearless capabilities as Content Manager and host of an upcoming blog series investigating the meaning of women's leadership for the Women's Global Leadership Initiative.
Christina compliments her professional life with a voracious appetite for reading; being a great fan of old movies and public media podcasts, radio, and television; a joyful enthusiasm for travel; and a commitment to volunteer work supporting local as well as national causes and organizations. People should also be aware, Christina exuberantly voices rejoice in her family at any and every opportunity.
"So when you come to knock at the door of a Puerto Rican home you will be encountered by this feeling in the Puerto Rican— sometimes unconscious in himself— of having been taken for a ride for centuries. He senses that 99 persons out of 100 knock at his door because they want something from him and not because they desire to be his friend - a friend solving mutual problems that affect them both."
How to Know the Puerto Rican (1995)
Honored To Have Met:
Title Photo: Mitchell, C. E. (2013) Hotel Santo Domingo (Antigua, Guatemala)