Dayo Mitchell

Dayo Mitchell

Academic Advising Director, Undergraduate Advising and Research
PhD, University of Virginia, History (2005)
MA, University of Virginia, History (1999)
BA, Williams College, History (1997)


Dayo Nicole Mitchell is an Academic Advising Director (AAD) with Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR). As a part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), the UAR mission is to welcome, connect, and support all Stanford undergraduates so they can get the most out of their Stanford educations. UAR is broadly responsible for the transition of new students to Stanford; academic advising; undergraduate research opportunities; and academic policy and progress.

As a professional advisor, Dayo works with undergraduates of all majors and all classes, with a focus on helping freshmen and undeclared students find their academic home in a department. Like all advisors in UAR, she addresses topics such as academic planning, exploring interests, identifying goals, choosing majors, assessing academic progress, connecting with faculty, finding opportunities for research and service, applying for grants and fellowships, and understanding university requirements and policies. In addition, Dayo is especially interested in aiding students in developing their academic skills, and taught a summer course on learning strategies. She is also a bit of a specialist on the honors thesis, serving as the coordinator for VPUE's thesis medals each year.

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".

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