During a listening session on racism held Monday afternoon, President Kathleen McCartney acknowledged what she called the “slow pace of progress” toward making Smith a more diverse and inclusive community and affirmed her commitment to being a “supportive and steadfast ally” to students of color pushing for institutional change.
A project for an introductory Smith engineering course has resulted in a $100,000 Gates Foundation grant for three students. Christine Yee ’17, Darpan Bohara ’18 and Yashna Sureka ’17 will use the award to develop a fingerprint authorization system that will allow merchants in Nelamangala, India, to accept non-cash purchases from customers.
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino to hold the coveted artistic position, describes himself as a "poet concerned with the plight of people who suffer." Herrera will visit Smith on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for a series of daylong events, culminating in a reading of his poems at 7:30 p.m in Weinstein Auditorium. His is the final reading the Smith Poetry Center will host this semester.
Beginning next spring, scholars, activists and others interested in the psychology of women’s activism will be able to study the topic in a free online course offered by Smith through edX. To be taught by Professor of Psychology Lauren Duncan as an online “treatment” of an upper-level seminar that she’s taught at Smith for 17 years, Smith’s first massive open online course (or MOOC) will launch in March 2016.
The college's new Design Thinking Initiative offers numerous entry points for interested students, faculty and staff. From lectures to courses to campus design challenges, the pilot program aims to spark dialogue about the role of design in shaping our lives. Read on to find out what Co-Director Zaza Kabayadondo has to say about design thinking at Smith.
Recent media reports have inaccurately characterized the college as supporting restrictions on media; the college supports no such restrictions nor do we or will we ban media at public events.
A team of Smith students helped lead science workshops for Girl Scouts at the third annual Geek is Glam STEM Expo last month in Worcester, Mass.—just one of the ways passionate Smithies are volunteering to support girls' interest in STEM fields.