Diversity at Smith is not the sole responsibility of one office or individual. A variety of offices, programs, initiatives and other resources exist throughout campus to celebrate and support diversity. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
The college has a long-standing commitment to sharing its resources with schools and communities, both locally and nationally. Year-round, in partnership with schools and communities nationwide, Smith students and faculty pursue research and share expertise. The mutual benefits of all these outreach efforts are extraordinary.
Linking programming on leadership, work preparation and wellness practices, the Center for Work and Life introduces the concept that a "life well-lived" is not necessarily all about doing academic work or building a high-powered career or even all about service.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) arranges accommodations for disabled community members and coordinates with various offices on campus to insure that the needs of the disabled are met. The ODS is also responsible for providing educational forums to raise awareness of disability issues.
The Office for International Study provides educational learning opportunities through study abroad experiences so that students may acquire the knowledge, understanding, and skills that will prepare them for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinates a range of student activities that encourage an exploration of one's identity, culture and heritage, as well as those of others.
Smith's office and program in religious life and community service extend the academic mission of the college outside the classroom to promote ethical inquiry, religious learning, spiritual growth, and community engagement.
The Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender (RCSG) seeks to contribute to the understanding of the diverse meanings and expressions of sexuality and gender, and the intersection of sexuality, gender, class and race (as well as other identities). The center provides educational programming and activities in support of all interested students, faculty and staff, and acts as a campus resource and communication center for meetings, programming and educational materials.
The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) is committed to helping students make intentional decisions about their involvement, both in and out of the classroom, for a more meaninful Smith experience. The OSE encourages students to engage in learning without limits by helping create and encourage opportunities for involvement on campus.
AEMES is a program dedicated to building a community of diverse students in the sciences, math and engineering at Smith.
The Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program aims to increase the presence on university faculties of individuals from under-represented minority groups. Sophomores, either from the foundation-designated minority groups or who have otherwise demonstrated commitment to the goals of MMUF, are eligible for consideration. The program provides highly qualified students with faculty mentoring, term-time and summer financial support for research projects, and the possibility of undergraduate loan repayment for those who later pursue a Ph.D.
Smith's peer mentoring programs seek to increase the participation of students of color and first-generation students in the sciences.
Other Initiatives & Resources
Otelia Cromwell Day, which is named for the first African-American to graduate from Smith College, in 1900, annually reflects upon issues of social justice and injustice with particular focus on issues of diversity and racism in the United States. Otelia Cromwell became a professor and chair of the English Language and Literature Department at Miner Teachers College in Washington, D.C. The author of three books and many articles, Cromwell received an honorary degree from Smith in 1950. All Otelia Cromwell Day events are free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. Attendees who need disability accommodations or sign language interpretation should call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY), or send email to ODS@smith.edu
Campus Community Open Forums (CCOFs) operate as a vehicle for ongoing community discussions about diversity. CCOF is open to all students, faculty and staff, and meets once a month during the academic year.
College Initiatives for Diversity Awareness
College Initiatives for Diversity Awareness (CIDA) is charged with reviewing student proposals for diversity program funding. CIDA is administered by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.
CIDA proposal form (PDF)
The Smith College Staff Council provides a network for the exchange of information between staff and administration, organizes college-wide programs to facilitate personal and professional growth, and promotes college-wide discussion of issues through public meetings and forums.