Alumni Affairs Specialist Claire Mitchell not only works in the university’s Alumni and Development department, but is also heavily involved in the School of Public Affairs and she has made a home for herself through her bachelor’s work in the political science department. Mitchell has played a key role in many advancements for each department she is involved in. Her accomplishments blur the line between her academic, professional and personal lives.
Mitchell was elected President of Model Arab League Executive Team for the 2019-2020 year, and since being elected has advocated for structural change in the program that allows for much more collaborative executive teams and opportunities for expansion in the future, such as a scholarship for Model Arab League students, and other ways to celebrate participants.
One change Mitchell is proud of is a fundraising event in the works to honor and celebrate students that participate in Model Arab League and potentially provide scholarships for former members to continue their international education and go on more study abroad trips. She is passionate about creating positive trajectory for future Model Arab League members who will go through the program she holds so close to her heart. Mitchell believes in the program and claims it is what keeps her sane and makes every bit of work worth it.
Despite all the accomplishments Mitchell has under her belt, her favorite thing is still seeing and inspiring people to care. She is passionate about change and helping others make a difference in the world. She wants to save some part of the world as much as she possibly can. She has volunteered and fundraised for many organizations as a member of the UA Little Rock’s Advancement Team and Bilateral Model Arab League, including UA Little Rock’s alumni association, as she was involved in the organization of Barbecue at Bailey’s.
Mitchell credits a lot of her success and passion to the opportunities UA Little Rock and its community gave her. She claims the work she is doing now will continue to motivate her during her future professional career.
“UA Little Rock has given me so much in the opportunity it has afforded me,” Mitchell said. “I am able to be a part of a community of some of the greatest and fascinating people I have ever met, earn an education, become a professional and also grow up and figure out who I am all at the same time. No matter how tough my days can get, I find it hard to truly be upset because I know that I have worked hard for students, programs and our university all day.”