Meet the Staff
The director of multicultural affairs, in collaboration with several other Smith College administrative and academic departments, coordinates a range of activities that encourages an exploration of one's identity, culture and heritage as well as those of others. Tremendous importance is placed on the interests and needs of those who identify themselves as students of color—African American, Asian Pacific American, Latina, Native American and multiracial descent—beginning with their orientation as first-year students. The result is a more inclusive learning community where differences are valued and respected.
The office organizes the Bridge Preorientation program, advises the nine Unity organizations and actively serves as a leader, advocate and resource for Smith's commitment to create and foster an inclusive campus community.
Mrs. Richmond and her staff enjoy communicating with students and their families about issues related to campus climate. She is available to meet regularly and individually with students to support their retention and overall well-being. These meetings typically focus on a student's academic performance and general adjustment to the campus community, as well as articulated special needs. While communicating by e-mail is great, it's no substitute for talking with students face-to-face. Mrs. Richmond meets with students on a walk-in basis and daily by appointment. She also holds open hours on Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm.
The program coordinator for the dean of students and for the offices in student affairs coordinates the administrative functions for key student programs such as the College Conduct Board and Phoebe Lewis Leadership Program. She assists running the Orientation program and serves as transfer student support, in addition to managing the central office function. This includes supervising administrative assistant staff, overseeing student affairs publications as well as web sites, managing assigned budgets and maintaining confidentiality regarding student and institutional records.
The program coordinator is the primary contact for initial inquiries about the Emergency Fund for Women of Color.
As part of the administrative support pool for the student affairs office, the administrative assistant provides support for the wellness education director and supplemental assistance to the office of multicultural affairs and office of residence life as well as to other directors and administrative staff in the student affairs division. This position also schedules events for Unity House and the Mwangi Center.