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Smith College Connectors

The Smith Connectors is a pilot integrative advising and mentoring program that was phased in with the class of 2025. In conjunction with the class deans, faculty academic advisers, the team in the Lazarus Center for Career Development and a network of support services, the Smith Connectors guide first-year students as they navigate through the college. Connectors build relationships with students and connect them to resources as they explore opportunities in their curricular and co-curricular journeys. Connectors will walk with their cohort from the moment they arrive at Smith up to their junior year.

Meet the Connectors

Lani Robadue


Lani has worked in higher education for a little over 10 years, as an adviser, mentor, and coach, and has recently moved to the Pioneer Valley from the Providence area. In her most recent positions as an academic adviser, she's provided supportive mentorship and burnout coaching for her students, taking advantage of her background in student wellness and mental health first aid. Her favorite part of working with students is building relationships and providing a safe space to ask questions, no matter how silly they may seem. She is excited to join the Smith Connectors this year, and more specifically, to help students make meaning of their experience at Smith College and to truly make this experience their own.


Class of 2026/J




You’ve Got Questions

“I am not sure if you are the person to ask this, but ...”

Many times in our meetings with students, we hear “I am not sure if you are the person to ask, but ...” and that is exactly why we are here. We might not have the specific answers to all of your questions, but we can serve as a starting point to get you connected to the people who do.

As you grow and learn more about what you would like to do in the world after Smith, we can have bigger conversations about how to help you get there. In the meantime, we can also have the smaller conversations about how to connect you to resources and opportunities now to situate you for success as you figure it out.

Get Connected!


Smith Connectors Program

Clark Hall, Third Floor
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-4915
Fax: 413-585-4908