Anu Mitra - Donor Profile
“When you give to larger institutions, your donation may go toward a building or be absorbed in a massive endowment. But at Union, my donation directly supports student scholarships—the very people we, as faculty, touch on a daily basis.”
Dr. Mitra, a member of UI&U’s Doctor of Education faculty, has served Union since 1988 as an administrator, faculty member, friend, ambassador, and donor. As an educator, she has seen the direct impact of Union’s mission and vision on her students and their potential to effect change. “Union is more than just words and ideas,” she says. “Professors work hard to help students stretch beyond their own lives, to break free of barriers. We reach out to people, and as we lift, they climb.”
“At Union, I’m constantly thinking ‘how can I reach out to this person?’ With small class and cohort sizes, with online and hybrid learning, we can help people learn best wherever they are.”
As a docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum and active servant-leader throughout the Cincinnati area, Dr. Mitra understands not only the importance of education and service, but also of supporting those causes that are closest to one’s heart. In 1998, she and her husband, Dr. Shekhar Mitra, established the UI&U M.K. and Kamala Mitra Scholarship Fund in memory of their parents, who dedicated their lives to unwavering service to family and community. The Mitra Fund benefits both graduate and undergraduate students at Union, and scholarships are awarded to those students who best demonstrate the ability to create a lasting impact on a given society or community.
“At Union, students have a chance to question and to engage in interdisciplinary study. They gain a sense of how they’d like to lead the world toward change. When students come to Union, they become empowered—they just light up.”