Mina Dia-Stevens is a 19-year veteran, fashion educator; a life-long creative; and a design entrepreneur.
Her professional and personal background is extensive. She has spent years sharing the knowledge that she has acquired as a fashion designer and entrepreneur with the next generation of young creatives.
Her ambition is always to nurture, educate, and assist in forging the path and passion of the next great design professionals.
Not only has she shared her talent with well-known design firms in the fashion industry; ranging from her beginnings as an intern at Tommy Hilfiger in New York to working and as a trend consultant in London, England; she also has years of experience as a design educator in secondary and post-secondary learning environments.
Her journey as an educator involved researching, establishing, and implementing an extensive curriculum for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade creatives in the area of fashion and textile design. In addition to nurturing student creativity; she developed a curricular component geared towards cultivating her students as young professionals; this includes reinforcing the importance of creative accountability, professional etiquette, and social expectations within their class/work environments.
She was a faculty member for twelve years in the fashion department; at Moore College of Art and Design. She provided instruction to 3rd year and 2nd-year design students in the area of pattern making, construction, illustration, and concept design in the categories of menswear, swimwear, womenswear, and childrenswear.
Her professional experience includes various roles in the fashion industry; ranging from designing junior activewear apparel, shoe design, trend consulting abroad, and currently expanding her family’s West African textile business into the brand; Royal Fulani Living.
Also as a design entrepreneur, she fully understands the delicate balance between nurturing an independent artistic spirit and having a business mind. She is an organized, creative, and personable individual.
Her philosophy as a creative and educator is based upon these words she vividly remembers hearing as a child:
“You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.”
Glinda, The Wizard of Oz
This quote encompasses the mind, heart, and spirit of who she is as an educator of young visionaries. She is assigned to guide each design-scholar toward the full knowledge and fruition of their creative “power”. She not only leads them through the educational process; she nurtures their creativity for a lifetime.
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