Dr. Mildred Edwards is a passionate community leader, mobilizer and equity advocate. She launched the Kansas African American Affairs Commission - State of African Americans in Kansas project in 2010 seeking a data driven understanding of equity, a process of mobilizing communities to action, and the dissemination of recommendations designed to improve inequities identified. Through her leadership and the State of African Americans in Kansas document, the Commission later crafted a statewide plan to address African American inequity, established equity advisory boards in each congressional district, and secured funds to support impact initiatives defined by each.
Prior to her appointment as Executive Director for the Kansas African American Affairs Commission in the Office of the Governor, she served as a consultant who provided staff development training, non-profit grant writing, and federal grant evaluation for various agencies and organizations.
Presently serving as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, Dr. Edwards has consistently exhibited the characteristics of a true servant leader. Mildred is a Past President of two Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. chapters, the Urban League of Wichita Guild, the Air Capital Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and the Junior League of Wichita. She currently serves as the President of the Links, Inc. Wichita (KS) Chapter, is a Links, Inc. Associate Dean of the Scott Hawkins Institute (SHLI) and graduate. Dr. Edwards is a Kansas delegate to the Vision 2020 Equality project of Drexel University, Leadership Wichita and Kansas Leadership Center alumnus, and health chair for the NAACP of Kansas. Most recently Mildred was named a 2013 National Trio Achiever by the Council for Opportunity in Education and is scheduled to receive her award at their Annual Educational Opportunity Dinner during the month of September, in Chicago, IL.
A proud Wichita State University alumnus, Mildred is a former Senior Honor Woman, and currently serves as Chairperson for the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She obtained a B.S. in Health Care Administration/Public Relations, Master of Public Health, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Psychology from her alma mater. In addition to her career and volunteerism, Mildred enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is the proud mother of one daughter Leah.