“…Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”
Mia Dunlap grew up in Chicago’s Robert Taylor Housing Projects, Washington Park Homes, and the Atlgeld Gardens housing developments. Proudly graduating salutatorian of her eighth grade class and in the top twenty-five percent from Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep Academy, she left Chicago in 2006 to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, GA knowing she could not afford the tuition. After arriving, unexpected doors began to open for tuition that left Mia incredulous!
During her journey at Spelman, Mia spent her eight-ten week summers doing internships in East Palo Alto, California–teaching at Bayshore Christian Ministries; in Washington, DC as a youth advocate with the Children’s Defense Fund; and in Atlanta, Georgia with Forever Family, an organization for children of imprisoned parents. In spring 2010, Mia toured Ghana, West Africa for twelve days with Spelman College’s Sister Chapel.
“Ghana affirmed me and reminded me that there is so much work to be done in our communities both here and abroad. I commit myself to that work,” explained Dunlap.
As a first generation college graduate, in spring 2010, Mia earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English and went on to teach at a boys charter school in Brooklyn, New York while simultaneously earning her Master’s of Science Degree in Childhood Education.
“I’ve always had an affinity for supporting young black males. It felt like a genocide was happening and I wanted to be a part of changing the direction of their lives. God has given me a heart to breathe life back into a group that society has seemingly demonized and marginalized.”
Now an associate dean, Mia is transitioning into her true life’s calling as an author, inspirational speaker, and youth advocate. After her time in New York, Mia plans to spend time in New Orleans and Atlanta with communities like hers to give young people the courage to spread their wings and fly as so many mentors have done for her.
Mia life’s motto is a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.”
- Toastmasters International 2007-2010
- Momentum Education – Basic 2012
- Skill Share – “Storytelling: Telling Your Story so People Can Listen” 2012
- Emcee of Praise Fest -Spelman College, 2007
- Introduction of Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. - Spelman College, 2009
- Introduction of India Arie - Spelman College, 2009
- Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep - Advice from Alum, 2013
- Carter G. Woodson’s Eighth Grade Graduation, 2013
- Spelman College WISDOM Center’s Tenth Anniversary, 2013
- Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep Academy’s Senior Class Luncheon, 2013
- Navy Yard Clubhouse – Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, 2013
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”