Opening Doors.

Opening Doors.

Kevin Coleman ’18

Academics: Homeland Security, graduated Cum Laude

On day one of Kevin Coleman’s summer internship with the city of New London, he accompanied director of human services Jeannie Milstein on a trip to the state capitol and was introduced to the lieutenant governor and Chris Soto, New London’s State Representative – talk about quickly growing your network! The rest of the summer was packed with rich learning environments providing first-hand exposure to a broad range of current issues, from the opioid crisis to immigration rights.

“From my courses, to my leadership opportunities, to my internship, I was able to build up my experience and my resume, and prepare myself to think in a way that allowed me to go to law school. I learned how to focus and apply myself in a manner that helped me to study for the LSAT, and that will also prepare me to study in law school.” 

As part of his internship, he had the chance to sit in on a drug counseling session at a Connecticut treatment facility in the midst of the opioid crisis. The lead counselor, a former addict himself, opened the session by sharing a heartbreaking story of a group member lost to addiction, only days before. This experience motivated Kevin to complete a second internship assisting a state prosecutor’s office with their drug court program, which gives nonviolent offenders an incentive to complete a drug treatment program.

“We’ve discussed a lot of this in my criminal justice classes – drug issues, who we should be putting in jail, who we shouldn’t be putting in jail, and why – so a lot of the topics from class were touched on, but my internship was more nuanced, more focused.” 

In addition to hearing personal stories of addiction, Kevin gained insight from a group of experts across many sectors impacted by the opioid crisis: public health, medical, housing, and human services. They covered a wide range of challenges such as employment, access to treatment, funding an app to match people with services they need, and the availability of Naloxone, an opioid reversal drug.

“It was fascinating to hear from people who really are at the heart of it, from all angles. That was probably the greatest crash course I could’ve had on the opioid crisis.” 

Kevin also connected with community leaders advocating for the legal rights of immigrants, right around the time deportation laws were becoming more aggressively enforced. When not a single person showed up at a well-publicized advocacy forum, he was struck by the realization that they were too scared to leave their homes to attend an event centered around the rights of undocumented immigrants.

By the end of his internship, he produced a resource that was shared with the mayor’s office on the importance of expanding the process of providing reasonable accommodations to include a way to find out if sober homes are being run effectively. Kevin graduated Mitchell College with the class of 2018, and is now pursuing his interest in criminal prosecution at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.

“Mitchell is great because it gives you the opportunity to be your best…You learn what it means to find your passions, use those passions, and explore new areas. It prepares you to go out into the world, and in my case, go to law school, but in most cases, find a job. And that’s what college is supposed to be.”


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Dressed for Success.

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Discovery on the Docks.

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If you are looking for a college that: 


  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

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  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

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  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities




…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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