Dayo Mitchell

Dayo Mitchell

Associate Director, Sophomore College and Introductory Seminars Programs--Stanford Introductory Studies

PhD, University of Virginia, History (2005)
MA, University of Virginia, History (1999)
BA, Williams College, History (1997)


Dayo Nicole Mitchell is an Associate Director with Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), under the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE). She works primarily with the Sophomore College program, and secondarily with Introductory Seminars. Both programs offer small classes for first- and second-year students to enhance their connection to Stanford. Sophomore College is a three-week residential program in September, where students concentrate on a single class in the block model. Before moving to SIS in 2016, Dayo served as an Academic Advising Director with Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR), helping students of all majors and classes navigate Stanford, with a focus on helping freshmen and undeclared students find their academic home in a department

Dayo arrived at Stanford in 2011, after several years as faculty in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. While at the honors college, she also developed experience with university admissions, undergraduate research, and diversity work, as well as doing general advising for honors college students across all majors and schools. Dayo is trained as a historian of slavery and the British empire in the Caribbean and taught courses in world history and the history of the Atlantic world. She has lived in California, New England, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Oregon, with extended stays abroad in England and Trinidad & Tobago. Her name is pronounced "DAH-yo", not "day-oh".