Select Page

Mitchell College Re-Accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Mitchell College was recently re-accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), marking 68 years since the college was first accredited in 1956. The college was last reviewed in 2013.

“Our status as an accredited institution of higher education with the New England Commission of Higher Education speaks to the high quality of what we offer students through instruction and support. A NECHE accreditation reinforces the value of the degree they earn at Mitchell College, and we are honored by this achievement and excited to share its significance with our students and community,” said Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, president of Mitchell College.

NECHE serves as an institutional accreditor and promotes educational excellence and quality assurance to its member institutions, degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions offering higher education and located inside or outside the United States, including the 6-state New England region. NECHE currently accredits more than 200 institutions across the globe. It consists of faculty and administrators from affiliated institutions and public members and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits.

As part of the re-accreditation process, Mitchell College completed an 18-month self-study during which working groups of Mitchell College faculty and staff collaborated to maximize campus knowledge and optimize effectiveness in examining the college’s accomplishments and goals aligning with NECHE’s Standards:

  • Mission and Purposes
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Organization and Governance
  • The Academic Program
  • Students
  • Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
  • Institutional Resources
  • Educational Effectiveness
  • Integrity, Transparency, and Public Disclosure

During the re-accreditation process an evaluation team from NECHE took part in a 4-day site visit to confirm the accuracy of the self-study, focusing on NECHE’s Standards for Accreditation. In addition, the public was invited to submit comments to NECHE about the College, addressing substantive matters related to its quality.

Podcast Features President Espy, Mitchell College

President Espy was interviewed recently on the Connecticut East This Week podcast, hosted by veteran broadcaster Brian Scott-Smith. Dr. Espy shares the latest on all that is happening at Mitchell College.

The multi-award-winning podcast airs on traditional radio, through its own dedicated website, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Local listeners in New London County and Windham County and parts of Middlesex County, Tolland County, Southern Massachusetts, and Western Rhode Island can hear the podcast on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 6am, 7am, and 9pm and on Monday, Feb. 12, at 5:30pm on one of the six Hall Radio Group stations: 97.7 WCTY, 94.5 WICH, 100.9 K-Hits, 98.7 WNLC, 1400AM and 95.3 WILI, and i98.3. The podcast can be accessed anytime on YouTube.

Brian Scott-Smith has more than 20 years of experience in the news, TV, and radio business. Originally from the UK, he worked for the BBC and local commercial radio. A resident of the U.S. for more than 10 years, he produces digital content for WSHU (NPR) and the Hall Radio Group in Eastern Connecticut.

Celebrate Black Heritage & Culture at ‘Letting OUR Voices Be Heard’ Event

Mitchell College invites the community to attend “Letting OUR Voices Be Heard,” a celebration of Black heritage and culture, Sunday, February 25, 1:00–5:00pm in the Clarke Center at Mitchell College (snow date is Sunday, March 3). Event admission is free, but registration is recommended. REGISTER HERE

The Black History Month event will feature dozens of Black performers and Black-owned businesses, including dancers, vocalists, instrumentalists, influential Black speakers, poets, natural hair specialists, visual artists, and others. DJ Tim Allen will infuse the event with the music of Black culture, and drawings for giveaways will take place throughout the day.

First-year Mitchell College student Inonda Peterson conceived and organized the event as a way to show younger generations in the Black community that they are not defined or limited by their skin color. She is also the owner of InondaWrites, LLC, whose mission is to give a voice to those who have been silenced by pain.

Peterson said, “The sweet sounds of African drummers will welcome everyone to our event, where they can explore, support, and network with Black-owned businesses and artists. In planning this event I wanted to paint a picture of Black success to show younger generations what they can aspire to do and be. Letting OUR Voices Be Heard will showcase Black excellence, Black prosperity, and Black success and is meant to educate all ages and all skin colors about Black heritage and culture. Everyone is welcome. Let’s continue to come together to stand as one and shout from the rooftops to let our voices be heard!”

Dr. Alicia Martinez, dean of student affairs and belonging, said “Mitchell College is excited to open our doors to the community and celebrate Black culture and heritage together at Letting OUR Voices Be Heard. This event is one example of how our students are empowered to be architects of their own Mitchell experience. Inonda had an idea, enlisted support for it, and followed through to make it happen. Knowing that she is part of a community that strongly values respect, trust, and inclusion without judgment enabled her to pursue her vision with confidence.”

In a show of cross-town support, the Connecticut College Black Student Union will also be promoting the event on its campus with plans for its students to attend the event.

Performers include:
Shiloh Choir
Roodley-Interrupted (Spoken Word)
Crystal Christie (Vocalist)
Brother O (Spoken Word)
Shiloh Praise Dancers
Jordan Bostick (Vocalist)
Sheltric Peterson (Speaker)
Krystakia Rose (Vocalist)
Rose City Step Team (Dance)
Maya B (Vocalist)
Oso (Pianist)
Eliiijah (Vocalist)
Charli Lennon (Speaker)
Kela Nore’ (Vocalist)
Ysanne Marshall (Vocalist)
Sian Crespo (Spoken Word)
Gamaya (Spoken Word)
Eddie Resado (Speaker)
Deion Kelly (Vocalist)
James Hodge & Gizelle Tircuit (Dance)
1213 (Singing Group)
Tim Tallent (Gospel Rap)

Businesses & Organizations include:
Sweet Lil Details, LLC
Big Red Book Truck
Haj Wellness, LLC
Andre Rochester (Art)
The Organic Afro Chic
Sisters 2 Sisters
Lonnie Braxton
Peterseines Place 19:23 Inc.
InondaWrites, LLC
Hearing Youth Voices
Classic Jackson Arts
Serena Prince (Conn College Artist)
Exemplify to Edify, LLC
Magnolia Wellness
Goin Places WrldWide/Claws by Maddie
The Samaritan House Inc.
National Council of Negro Women
Michael Watts Apparel
Lauren Simone Publishing House
U.S. Navy


CT Baby Bonds Program Information Session at Mitchell on Feb. 12

Mitchell College hosts the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut for their public information event “Ending child poverty in Connecticut: Baby Bonds and beyond,” on Monday, February 12, 10am–noon at The Red Barn on the Mitchell campus, 629-A Montauk Avenue, New London. The program features a conversation between Connecticut State Treasurer Erick Russell and Darrick Hamilton, an economist and professor at The New School. Attorney Nilda Rodriguez Havrilla, from Connecticut Legal Services, facilitates the discussion, which focuses on how the Baby Bonds program will bring greater equity to children and families in Eastern Connecticut and help end child poverty. Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, president of Mitchell College, will give the welcome.

The program is free, but registration is required (open through February 8). REGISTER HERE

Erick Russell, in his first term as treasurer, successfully secured funding to launch CT Baby Bonds, the first-in-the-nation program to combat generational poverty. According to the CT Baby Bonds website, the program invests $3,200 on behalf of each baby born in Connecticut whose birth is covered by HUSKY, Connecticut’s Medicaid program. The funds are held, managed, and invested by the Office of the Treasurer. When a participating child reaches adulthood (between the ages of 18–30), they are eligible to claim the funds to buy a home, start or invest in a Connecticut business, pay for higher education or job training, or save for retirement. To be eligible to claim for approved uses, participants must be Connecticut residents and complete a financial literacy course. Depending on when the funds are claimed, the initial investment is expected to grow to between $11,000–$24,000.

Darrick Hamilton is the Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and founding director of the Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy at The New School. He has been involved in crafting policy proposals, such as Baby Bonds and Federal Job Guarantee, which have inspired legislative proposals at the federal, state, and local levels.

Mitchell College Welcomes New Trustees

The Mitchell College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce four new members who have joined the board over the last year. New trustees include Mark Alberti, retired director at Pfizer; Kevin Coleman ’18, litigation associate at Covington & Burling; Moish Tov, CEO and chairman of JoyDew, an organization providing a path to employability, personal fulfilment, and community for autistic adults; and Marc Verbos, president of AIMCOR Aligned Distribution and executive vice president of AIMCOR Group, LLC, a national insurance marketing organization. Dr. Anne Bingham Pierson, a descendant of the Mitchell family for whom the college is named and recipient of a 2019 honorary Doctor of Science, has been named an honorary trustee.

Board of Trustees Chair Richard D’Avino said, “Along with my fellow trustees, I am delighted to welcome our four new colleagues and our honorary trustee to the Mitchell College Board of Trustees. Their breadth of expertise and desire to serve will greatly benefit the college as it continues on a trajectory of growth, solidifying Mitchell as a place of radical possibilities and powerful transformation for our students. As the college continues to distinguish itself as an inclusive and accessible institution of higher education, it will benefit from the valuable viewpoints and diverse backgrounds of our new trustees—in business, autism support, law, and with deep Mitchell connections.”

Mitchell College is committed to expanding higher education opportunities for all types of learners, recently adding three new programs: an online degree completion program in Professional Studies for adult learners; the Mitchell Hub, an online learning platform providing industry-focused credentials and professional skill-building for those seeking career entry or advancement; and the STAIRs Program (Skills Training, Advancement, and Individual Readiness), for recent college graduates needing additional guidance and support to gain independence, pursue graduate studies, or seek employment.

For more information about Mitchell College, visit

Fall 2023 Academic Honors Recipients

Congratulations to the following Mitchell College students named to the Fall 2023 Dean’s List (3.50+ GPA) or Commendable Scholar List (3.0-3.49 GPA).

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

1. Must be a matriculated student.
2. Part-time students are eligible for commendable scholar status for every 12 calculable credits completed.
3. Must have a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.49 for the given semester (Commendable Scholar) or 3.50 and 4.00 for the given semester (Dean’s List).
4. May not have any Incomplete, Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U), Withdrawal or Failing grades for the given semester.

Dean’s List

Zhane Adams | Norwich, CT

Jocelynn Allen | Clinton, CT

Julia Alves | Portsmouth, RI

Kathryn Anderson | Chesapeake, VA

Nicholas Anderson | Madison, CT

David Arbuckle | Gales Ferry, CT

Isabella Avalos | Chino, CA

Jaileen Barber | Waterford, CT

Joshua Bar-Nadav | Narberth, PA

Derek Barrientos | Bridgeville, DE

Samuel Bellos | Waterford, CT

Jenna Bennett | Shelton, CT

Taylor Bialowas | Jewett City, CT

Jenna Blankenship | Virden, IL

Sabrina Bloise | New London, CT

Allison Blum | Garden Grove, CA

Christopher Bradley | Babylon, NY

Paige Broadbent | Binghamton, NY

Philip Burns | West Dennis, MA

Aaron Calouro | Westerly, RI

Robert Campbell | Glastonbury, CT

Grace Carey | Providence, RI

Rachel Casasnovas | West Haven, CT

Andrew Champagne | Pawcatuck, CT

Ethan Chavez | New London, CT

Jessica Cochran | Waterford, CT

Madison Cole | Westbrook, ME

Mya Colon | West Hartford, CT

Christopher Corbin | Danielson, CT

Paige Cornetta | Huntington, NY

Karissa Cotoia | North Scituate, RI

Marisa D’Agostino | Niantic, CT

Olivia DeCicco | Haverhill, MA

Ryan DeCosta | Niantic, CT

Giuseppe Del Prete | Bronxville, NY

Leandra DeLeon Mordan | Waterford, CT

Joseph DeLoria | New Hope, PA

Luke Demsey | Cheshire, CT

Matthew Dougherty | Waterford, CT

William Dreier | Barrington, RI

Zhangir Dyussenov | New London, CT

Kevin Ellis | Clinton, CT

Mahra Engdall | Waterford, CT

Jacob Faigel | Natick, MA

Michael Ficocelli | North Providence, RI

Isabel Foley | Framingham, MA

Morgan Fontaine | Killingworth, CT

Samuel Forst | Ellington, CT

Jameson Foster | Salem, CT

Morgan Frost | Brunswick, ME

Tatyana Gales | Upper Marlboro, MD

Archie Gardner | North Charleston, SC

Sydnee Gaskin | Englewood, NJ

Marybeth Gonzalez | Waterford, CT

Keeano Gonzalez | New London, CT

Jack Green | Niantic, CT

Abdullah Hadhood | New London, CT

Cameron Haefs | Cary, IL

Malaki Hart | Milford, CT

Maren Harwood | East Lyme, CT

Joseph Hayes | Stonington, CT

Robyn Higley | New London, CT

Melanie Hintz | Bristol, CT

Zoe Hull | Quaker Hill, CT

Chelsea Jackson | East Hartford, CT

Oscar Jacquot | Brooklyn, NY

Noah James | New London, CT

John Jerrild | Fairfield, CT

Sevda Kalican | Quaker Hill, CT

Asya Kerr | Groton, CT

Oliver Kerrigan | West Hartford, CT

Anna Kochansky | Bronxville, NY

Emma LaBreck | Rollinsford, NH

Matthew Ladd | Griswold, CT

Angel Ladford | Baltic, CT

Cole Lalli | Coventry, CT

Jason Landis | Summit, NJ

Gemma Landry | Lewiston, ME

Sarah Latch | Hampstead, NH

Justin-Corey Le | Norwich, CT

Julia Lent | Miller Place, NY

Alessio Liberti | Glen Rock, NJ

Christopher Llewelyn | Bloomfield, CT

Kyrsten Lucas | Manchester, MD

Christa Ellen Mancuso | Naugatuck, CT

Logan Maneri | Canterbury, CT

Sheldon Marcelin | Coral Springs, FL

Anthony Marini | Port Chester, NY

Jacqueline Mathieu | Ashford, CT

Kayla McKinney | Groton, CT

David Meiliken | Rye, NY

Alexander Moubayed | Swansea, MA

Alexander Nardone | Wellesley Hls, MA

Timothy O’Hayre | Hull, MA

Diamara Pagan | Norwich, CT

Sarah Parker | North Stonington, CT

Jennifer Peck | Glastonbury, CT

Hannah Penn | New Fairfield, CT

Autumn Pepin | Jewett City, CT

Morgyn Perkins | Bristol, CT

Robert Perry | Carver, MA

Inonda Peterson | Missouri City, TX

Austin Polak | Ambler, PA

Dontae Pollard | Fort Walton Beach, FL

Carly Potts | New London, CT

Emily Reynolds | Somers, CT

Angelia Rheaume | East Lyme, CT

Hana Rihani | Washington, DC

Emily Rizzo | Bethel, CT

Mason Rodriguez | Danbury, CT

Santiago Rodriguez | Old Lyme, CT

Cassandra Roman | New London, CT

Charlotte Rowley | Bedford, NY

Yasmine Santos | Pawtucket, RI

Emily Sargent | Westerly, RI

Joshua Scamman | Rochester, NH

Matthew Schwartz | New City, NY

Tessa Seesock | Jacksonville, FL

Ta’Naya Shaw | Edgewater, NJ

Thomas Simmons | Holtsville, NY

Logan Smith | Quaker Hill, CT

Arrianna Stark | Schenectady, NY

Steven Swiderski | Hooksett, NH

Haley Tedeschi | New London, CT

Micheal Thompson | Rio Rancho, NM

Melissa Tucker | Wilton, CT

Joshua Tucker | Warwick, RI

Paola Varela | Cranston, RI

Duneshka Vazquez | Norwich, CT

Jaden Violette | Woonsocket, RI

Joseph Volkerts | New London, CT

Nathanael Votta | Avon, CT

Alexia Watson | Stamford, CT

Haley Westfal | Lakewood, CA

Brooke Whitmarsh | Portsmouth, RI

Theodore Wolf | Bayonne, NJ

Lola Worsdale | Stonington, CT

Aliyana Wright-Thomas | New London, CT

Jacob Yoensky | Groton, CT

Commendable Scholars

Aidan Acor | Gales Ferry, CT

Ashten Adams | Scarsdale, NY

Kiara Ampuero | New London, CT

Avery Appiah | Old Saybrook, CT

Chloe Athanas | Gaithersburg, MD

Catherine Ayer | Weston, MA

Walker Baillargeon | Norwich, CT

Rafael Barreto | Norwich, CT

Harry Bernard | Goleta, CA

Rajiah Betts-Smith | Windsor, CT

Aubrey Borden | San Jose, CA

Noah-Joshua Brooks | East Hartford, CT

Aidan Buck | Plantsville, CT

Riley Callicutt | New London, CT

Wilton Causey | Worcester, MA

Brooke Clancy | East Haven, CT

Caleb Cobb | Fort Pierce, FL

Andrew Colwick | Plantsville, CT

Kaila Crawford | Pleasanton, CA

Nathan DaCruz | Seymour, CT

John David De Oliveira | Brick, NJ

Jacob Ditscher | Danbury, CT

Brady Ensko | Brockton, MA

Louis Fazio | White Plains, NY

Gabriel Fish | Needham Heights, MA

Aidan Fontaine | Mystic, CT

Nicholas Forst | Ellington, CT

Michael Gajda | New Britain, CT

Angel Galindez | Hamden, CT

Crystal Gangi | New Fairfield, CT

Joseph Garry | New London, CT

Hannah Gomes | Colchester, CT

Angel Gonzalez Deleon | Laurel, DE

Joshua Griffo | Middletown, CT

Sylvia Guerrero | New York, NY

Nicholas Gyra | Wenham, MA

Jared Hague | Cranston, RI

John Hayes | New Milford, CT

Jonathan Hecker | Arlington, VA

Hailey Hill | Jewett City, CT

Craig Jackson | Pittsfield, MA

Aidan Jacobson | Branford, CT

Halie Jennings | New London, CT

Haley Jeske | Maricopa, AZ

Elon Johnson | Davenport, FL

Liam Kane | Waterford, CT

Seth Kline | Lafayette, CA

Sean Kresge | Waterford, CT

Jessica Krupnikoff | Unionville, CT

Grace Kyle | Chevy Chase, MD

Mia Larson | Sutton, MA

Brandon Lee | Stockton, CA

Katelyn Lipsky | Plantsville, CT

Nicholas Litke | North Stonington, CT

Armando Lopez | Maplewood, NJ

Edward Lugo | New London, CT

Stephen Mallaney | Madison, NJ

Ana Matos Diaz | New London, CT

Antonio Mattucci | Huntington, NY

Jenica Mccauley-Logan | New London, CT

Lindsy McFarlane | Plainfield, CT

Kingsley McHale | New London, CT

Emma McNamara | Westfield, NJ

Sara Milkowski | Manasquan, NJ

Gaia Mourad | Venice, CA

Matthew Murphy | Ledyard, CT

Sean O’Donnell | Terryville, CT

Kristina O’Hanlon | White Plains, NY

David Pittman | New London, CT

Maxwell Pomponi | Norwalk, CT

Gregory Powell | Middletown, CT

Na’Shyia Preston | Meriden, CT

Julianna Repaci | New Britain, CT

Liam Robb | Rockaway, NJ

Kesean Robinson | Middletown, CT

Ayla Robinson | New London, CT

Kyle Robison | Branford, CT

Erik Romero | Windsor, CT

Julius Rosado | Torrington, CT

Alysson Schuyler | Groton, CT

Rahel Scully | Kingston, NH

Thai-ler Sestokas | Danbury, CT

Hannah Shelkowitz | Rhinebeck, NY

Natalie Smith | Massapequa Pk, NY

Julia Stasiowski | Manchester, CT

Nicholas Strojny | Woonsocket, RI

Daniel Sullivan | West Hartford, CT

Luke Sullivan | Shelton, CT

Grant Swick | Houston, TX

Brooke Taylor | Uncasville, CT

Charles Terni | Oakdale, CT

Lucas Thiebaut | Doral, FL

Marissa Thiel | Killingworth, CT

Christina Thompson | Oswego, NY

Ajhalae Thrash-Acevedo | Pawtucket, RI

Casey Tichy | Easton, CT

Jayeson VanBeveren | Bristol, CT

Kiersten Veenstra | Three Rivers, MI

Kevin Vining | Wallingford, CT

Raphael Vogt | Uncasville, CT

Mollie Yezza | West Hartford, CT

Robert Zirlis | Clinton, CT