About the Mystic Program
Grounded in the CASEL Framework, the Mystic Program at Mitchell College helps students develop skills in environments that enhance their learning and development. The program implements a cohort living and learning model that focuses on and develops five core competencies:
Recognizing one’s emotions, values, strengths and areas of challenge
Responsible Decision Making
Making strong personal and social behavior choices
Developing positive relationships, group work, self-advocacy, boundary setting and conflict resolution
Being empathetic and respectful to all members of the Mitchell College community
Managing emotions, behavior, time and priorities to achieve personal goals
Approx. 4– to 5–hour commitment per week.
Check-ins occur every week*, and alternate between the Program Coordinator and Student Mentors. During the checkin the Coordinator or Mentor looks at social/emotional well-being, individual progress, social engagements, utilization of campus resources and setting goals/areas for improvement.
Weekly Hangouts (Year 1)
The Mystic Cohort attends a weekly social event together each week. In Year 2 and beyond, students can swap out a Cohort event with an event of their choosing.
The Mystic Cohort participates in a Mystic-specific program or outing once a month.
Students will attend lunch or dinner once a week with members of the Mystic team (Coordinator or Mentors).
Seven workshops are offered per semester (Year 1). Students attend approximately 1 workshop every 2 weeks* covering topics related to the core competencies.
*Number might be adjusted depending on individual student need.
**Number may be adjusted depending on cohort need.
The Mystic Program helps students develop social and academic skills that can be applied in the classroom—critical thinking, group work, public speaking; it is not a direct academic support and content program. Students interested in receiving direct academic support can utilize the Bentsen Learning Center and/or Tutoring Services.
|1||Settling in and Making Connections||
|11–13||Advocacy and Civic Engagement||
|14–16||End of Semester Review and Finals Prep||
Mystic Program Cost
The Mystic Program is a fee-based program. Cost for the 2023–2024 Academic Year:
$4,175 per semester
$8,350 per year
Note: Tuition, Room and Board are separate. Other fees may apply. For more information, visit mitchell.edu/cost-and-aid.
The Mystic Program is staffed by an Interim Mystic Coordinator and two Mystic Mentors (students).
Alicia Martinez, Ed.D., M.S.O.L.
Dean, Student Experience & Belonging Chief Student Affairs Officer
Emily Smith, M.S.
Mystic Program Coordinator
Duques Center 207