Emily Van Mistri

Commons Dean - Ross

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A graduate of Middlebury College who studied History of Art and Religion, Emily Van Mistri is happy to have returned to Middlebury College (MC) in the role of Dean of Ross Commons. Originally from Central Vermont, Emily studied and lived in several places after graduating from MC, including a handful of New England locations, New Jersey, and India. She received her Masters’ degree in Counseling Psychology and a Post-Masters’ Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy from Regis University while living outside Denver, Colorado. For five years, previous to becoming a dean, Emily was a consultant to MC, where she supported Middlebury students in crisis or struggling with mental health, substance abuse, personal and academic challenges. Emily has also studied, assisted in trainings for many years, and is Certified in Hakomi Therapy, a mindfulness-based approach to working with human experience and specifically the unconscious patterns of human behavior. At some point, Emily hopes to teach a J-term course on this subject or something else related to culture, psychology, or spirituality.

Emily has worked extensively with groups, couples, and individuals, with an emphasis on group process, young adults, and crisis work/safety assessment. From a family lineage of teachers, and with an extensive history teaching, training, and coaching, Emily enjoys working with Ross students and staff collaboratively. Emily sees her primary role as a guide and advocate for student development while balancing being an ambassador for MC. Emily’s goal is to help prepare students for life, and her hope is that what students learn at Middlebury will serve them well as they make their way beyond.

When not on campus, Emily lives in Weybridge, VT with her husband (also a Midd grad!) and their five-year-old son, where she enjoys cooking, gardening, walks outdoors, skiing, reading fiction, home projects, dancing, yoga, and connecting with her beloved community and the amazing Vermont landscape.