Bio


Dayo Nicole Mitchell is a Senior Associate Director with Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), under the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE). She works most closely with the Thinking Matters program and the Sophomore College program. Sophomore College is a three-week residential program in the September intersession--rising sophomores concentrate on a single class, following the block model. Thinking Matters is a first-year requirement program that offers approximately 20 courses, taught to meet the requirement by a team of faculty and teaching fellows.

Before moving to SIS in 2017, Dayo served as an Academic Advising Director with Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR, now Academic Advising), helping students of all majors and classes navigate Stanford. Her focused projects as an advisor included working on advising websites, academic skills coaching, honors theses, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

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 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".

Current Role at Stanford


Senior Associate Director for Thinking Matters and Sophomore College--Stanford Introductory Studies

Education & Certifications


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

2017-18 Courses