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Bridge Program

Begun in 1970 as a program for African Americans entering Smith, Bridge now welcomes students of all racial backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to creating and maintaining culturally inclusive communities.

Bridge provides opportunities for finding mentors, friends, resources and a community—all before other students even arrive on campus.

Through a variety of interactive student-led seminars and group activities, participants share their perspectives and listen to those of their peers to better understand and appreciate their similarities and differences.


Our faculty and administrative staff provide incoming students with an experience that is engaging, thought-provoking, exciting, rewarding, meaningful and fun—and that will help make their first year at Smith College a success.

Bridge participants attend lively presentations that explore the various dimensions of leadership. Seminar titles have included "Treasures to Success," "Finding the Activist in You," "(Un)Speakable Truths," "SENSEsational Expressions" and "Leadership: The Power of Our Presence." Social activities have included bowling, karaoke, poetry readings and visits to local eateries and shops.

During Bridge a number of faculty members and knowledgeable staff members offer seminars that allow Bridge participants to experience the academic environment in a friendly setting and develop contacts with faculty and staff, as well as learn something interesting.

Student Leaders

Our trained and experienced Bridge leaders are professional, multi-ethnic and dedicated to offering a quality program. Student staff members are selected for their leadership experience and enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, ability to balance multiple responsibilities and strong desire to work with incoming students of color. The ratio of student staff to Bridge participants is approximately 1 to 5.