This three-day event will bring together some of Smith College’s most distinguished scholars, alumnae experts and friends of the college to recognize the contributions of Smith women to Asian society, celebrate Smith’s long-standing ties to the region and demonstrate the far-reaching impact of women’s education.
The AWLU Project is in the process of building a world-class educational institution in Asia dedicated to empowering women and helping them become successful entrepreneurs and engaged leaders. With a target launch of 2015, the Asian Women’s Leadership University would be the first institution to blend the best of the American-style liberal arts education with regionally relevant and substantive leadership courses. Smith College was recently announced as AWLU’s academic planning partner.
Seven Sisters in China is an intercollegiate student-run organization which gathers motivated young women from the “Sisters” liberal arts colleges in the United States and students from top Chinese universities. It aims at actively empowering future women leaders of China through experience sharing, interactions with successful women and establishing a strong network of alumnae support to foster leadership development and personal growth.
A partnership of the U.S. Department of State and Smith, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke and Wellesley colleges, the Women in Public Service Project works to advance women’s leadership in politics and governance worldwide. Launched in 2011 with an international colloquium at the State Department, the project’s first Summer Institute will be held in 2012.
Smith, along with a number of other leading liberal arts colleges (Carleton, Davidson, Haverford, Harvey Mudd, Middlebury, Pomona, and Swarthmore) will be part of a delegation of admission officers who will spend two weeks in May visiting high schools in major cities in China.