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The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to shaping a strong community among students of color while promoting an understanding of cultural diversity for the Smith community as a whole. The director coordinates activities that encourage exploration of one's identity, culture and heritage and an understanding of those of others. The office emphasizes the interests and needs of those who identify as students of color, beginning with the first-year preorientation program. The multicultural affairs office serves as a source of guidance and advocacy for students of color as they navigate their Smith experience.


Race, Racism, Anti-Blackness: A Smith Conversation

Tuesday September 30, noon - 1 pm
Stoddard Hall Auditorium [Note this is a new location]

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a panel discussion titled "Race, Racism, Anti-Blackness: A Smith Conversation" featuring Professors Daphne Lamothe, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, and Kevin Quashie. This event is part of OMA's Lunch & Learn series, and will discuss free speech and civil discourse, the n-word, and the notion of anti-blackness.

The panel discussion will start at 12:10 pm and will be moderated by L'Tanya Richmond, director of OMA. Due to the change in venue, we are no longer able to offer lunch for this event - food is not permitted in this classroom space..

Help Reactivate Indigenous Smith Students & Allies (ISSA)

Reactivation Interest Reception
October 5, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Campus Center 102

Come and learn about ISSA, our past work on campus to raise awareness of Native American and indigeous issues, options for indigeonous studies within the Five College area, and how you can keep it going for future Smithies!ISSA is commited to education the Smith community about social, economic and cultural issues affecting Native American populations of the United States. Please join us, ISSA needs you! View the poster for this event here.

Asian Women in Business Scholarship opportunity.

Asian Women in Business is offering a scholarship for female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/or entrepreneurship. The scholarship fund awards scholarships to students who have the attributes to be our next generation of leaders. Find out about eligibility, or simply get some common questions answered. Deadline for submitting an application is October 1st.

(De)Colonization: Where We Stand

4:30 pm, Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Hampshire College, Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

A panel discussion focusing on contemporary issues impacting Indigenous communities and their subsequent decolonization efforts. Check out the poster (PDF) for this event. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference

The 15th annual Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference will take place February 19-22, 2015. A disproportionately low number of underrepresented groups enroll in graduate programs in Public Policy and International Affairs. This is an opportunity for first and second year undergraduate students who are either US citizens or permanent residents to apply for this unique opportunity to learn about these fields. Check out their online flyer to find out more!