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Inclusion Conference

Logo with the text Inclusion in Action, Listening and Organizing Across Difference

“Inclusion in Action: Listening and Organizing Across Difference,” to be held April 10, 2019, is created by and for Smith College. It will be a day of engaged learning, connection and action; a convergence of knowledge and experience for the purpose of creating transformative change in our community. In addition to the programmatic offerings, feedback gathered during the day will directly inform our long-range inclusion and equity planning.

The majority of programs—more than 60—will be offered by Smith's own students, staff, faculty and alums. We will also have workshops and presentations from local community members and special guests, including Anthony Jack, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, and David Karp of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. The schedule is full of dynamic sessions that focus on helping our community face challenges together, recognize strengths, build connections, work in accountable solidarity, repair harm, dream big and take action.

Programming will include multi-format workshops, affinity group and intergroup dialogues, interactive panel presentations and roundtable discussions, performances, creative activities, skill-shares, reflection and healing spaces, and feedback sessions. There will be something for every style and stage of learning.

Consult this site for regular updates on our schedule and session content.

Volunteers Needed!

We are currently recruiting a team of volunteers to help make our day of learning a success. Volunteers will have a chance to assist our presenters and special guests, provide support to the coordination team or our logistics partners, gather feedback and ideas for campus action, and guide participants between sessions. If you are interested in helping, please fill out this volunteer form.


If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations as a presenter and/or as a participant, please email by March 22.

Preliminary Schedule

In the next two weeks, you will receive an email invitation to join an event site that will allow you to register for specific sessions. A more detailed list of sessions and programming will be shared here soon.

7–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9 a.m. Welcome (free water bottle to first 300 arrivals!)
9–10 a.m. Opening ceremony and keynote
10–11:30 a.m./noon Program blocks
11:30 a.m./noon–1:30 p.m. Lunch, performances and affinity spaces
12:30/1–4 p.m. Program blocks
4–5:30 p.m. Closing plenary


In the spirit of inclusion, we will offer special dining options on April 10.


7–8:30 a.m. In dining halls for students
7:30–8:30 a.m. Beverages and snacks in Campus Center for staff and faculty


11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Chapin Lawn and Seelye Lawn, vendor-provided; more information about food vendors and dietary accommodations coming soon

Beverage Stations

Available throughout the day Seelye Hall and Campus Center


5:30 p.m. Normal dining schedule resumes for students

Please note that the Campus Center Café will be closed April 10 so that staff may participate in events.

Program Steering Committee

  • Kate Aloisio
  • Floyd Cheung
  • Krystle Ellis
  • Gary Felder
  • Marissa Hoechstetter
  • Storm Lewis ’21
  • Minh Ly
  • Kristina Mereigh
  • Albert Mosley
  • Joanna Olin
  • Dana Olivo
  • Claudia Olson ’22
  • Luz Orozco Ortiz AC
  • Monica Palacios
  • Laura Rauscher
  • L’Tanya Richmond
  • Janet Spongberg
  • Stacey Steinbach
  • Caitlin Szymkowicz
  • Johanna Walter
  • Camille Washington-Ottombre
  • Marianne Yoshioka
  • Connie Zhang ’19

Coordination Team

  • Leslie Abraham ’18J
  • Bee Buehring
  • Annie DelBusto Cohen
  • Raven Fowlkes-Witten ’17
  • Amy Hunter
  • Queen Lanier