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Feb. 18, 2011

Centers for Engagement, Learning and Leadership
To Be Dedicated at Smith College

Prior to the March 4 dedication ceremony, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., tour the centers and hear from students and faculty about the initiatives taking shape there.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Smith College will dedicate the Centers for Engagement, Learning and Leadership in the recently renovated Wright Hall Friday, March 4, at 5 p.m.

Interdisciplinary by design and engaged with contemporary issues, four newly established centers respond to emerging student and scholarly interests, providing context for internships and independent projects and addressing real-world challenges of the 21st century.

The ceremony in Weinstein Auditorium will feature remarks by President Carol T. Christ; Cornelia Mendenhall Small, chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees; Marilyn Schuster, dean of the faculty; Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college; and Smith student Victoria Henry. It will be followed by a reception.

Henry and fellow Smith student Geneviève de Mijolla recently teamed up to build a library at a home for teenage mothers in Cusco, Peru, as a way to clear paths out of destitution.

About the Centers

Center for Community Collaboration
The Center for Community Collaboration promotes a campuswide culture of community engagement, responsive citizenship, and the active generation of knowledge to benefit society. The center will be a valuable resource for academic development and will coordinate the training in methodology, ethics and community structures that students need to make their experiences productive.

Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability
The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability advances environmental literacy, fosters innovative research and effects sustainable practices in its operation. CEEDS positions faculty, staff and students to lead society in efforts toward a sustainable future by supporting curricular development, facilitating collaborative projects and providing resources for environmental research.

Center for Work & Life
Linking programming on leadership, work preparation and wellness practices, the Center for Work and Life provides a context in which students can learn about current research on women’s lives, reflect on their own experiences and explore concepts of fulfillment uniquely suited to them.

Global Studies Center
The Global Studies Center engages Smith students in international studies and cultivates an understanding of the global context and implications of their work. The center integrates, enriches and makes more prominent these opportunities through its programs, advancing the college’s mission to prepare women for global leadership.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.


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