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Mystic Program, Mitchell College

Introducing a unique way for first-year students to build social, coping and academic skills to enhance learning while transitioning into college.

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

Relationship Skills

Developing positive relationships, group work, self-advocacy, boundary setting and conflict resolution

Social Awareness

Being empathetic and respectful to all members of the Mitchell College community


Managing emotions, behavior, time and priorities to achieve personal goals

Mystic Program, Mitchell College

Program Content

Approx. 4– to 5–hour commitment per week.

Weekly Check-ins

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.

Mystic Social/Outings

The Mystic Cohort participates in a Mystic-specific program or outing once a month.

Mystic Meals

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.

Sample Timeline

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
  • Cohort Connections
  • Expectations
  • Social Engagement
  • Time Management
2–5 Foundations
  • Technology Review: Moodle, Outlook Calendars, Library, etc.
  • Social Engagement,
  • Life Skills Programming (ex. Laundry 101, Microwave Meals, etc.)
6–8 Relationship Building
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication
7–10 Career Development
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Control
  • Empathy
  • Growth Mindset
11–13 Advocacy and Civic Engagement
  • Self-advocacy
  • Independence
  • Civic Engagement
  • Service
14–16 End of Semester Review and Finals Prep
  • Semester Review and Reflections
  • Preparation for Following Semester


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

Program Staffing

The Mystic Program is staffed by an Interim Mystic Coordinator and two Mystic Mentors (students).

Mystic Program, Mitchell College

Alicia Martinez, Ed.D., M.S.O.L.

Dean, Student Experience & Belonging Chief Student Affairs Officer

Mystic Program, Mitchell College

Emily Smith, M.S.

Mystic Program Coordinator

Duques Center 207


Mystic Program, Mitchell College

Alexandria Donkor

Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct