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Programs & Services

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Diversity at Smith is not the sole responsibility of one office or individual. A variety of offices, programs, initiatives and other resources exist throughout campus to celebrate and support diversity.


Achieving Excellence in Math, Engineering, and Sciences (AEMES)

AEMES is a program dedicated to building a community of diverse students in the sciences, math and engineering at Smith.

Break for Lunch

What's on your mind? Do you have a question, idea or concern you want to ask or share? Break for Lunch and chat with the director of multicultural affairs. Most students bring their own lunch, pick up a grab n' go bag, or are treated to lunch in Northampton by the director. Please contact the director by email if you are interested in arranging this opportunity.

Bridge Preorientation Program

Begun in 1970 as a pre-orientation program for African American students entering Smith, Bridge now welcome all students of color who demonstrate a commitment to creating and maintaining culturally inclusive communities.

Lunch & Learn Workshops

Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Lunch & Learn Series, offered each fall and spring semester, addresses topics of particular interest to the undergraduate student of color experience.  Typically, the series highlights resources and services available at Smith and the Five Colleges. Invitations are sent to students and lunch is provided.

Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program aims to increase the presence on university faculties of individuals from underrepresented minority groups. Sophomores, either from the foundation-designated minority groups or who have otherwise demonstrated commitment to the goals of MMUF, are eligible for consideration. 

Peer Mentoring in the Sciences

Smith's peer mentoring programs seek to increase the participation of students of color and first-generation students in the sciences.


Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) arranges accommodations for disabled community members and coordinates with various offices on campus to ensure that the needs of the disabled are met. The ODS is also responsible for providing educational forums to raise awareness of disability issues.

International Study

The Office for International Study provides educational learning opportunities through study abroad experiences so that students may acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare them for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Jandon Center for Community Collaboration

The college has a long-standing commitment to sharing its resources with schools and communities, both locally and nationally. Year-round, in partnership with schools and communities nationwide, Smith students and faculty pursue research and share expertise.

Religious & Spiritual Life

Smith's office and program in religious life and community service extend the academic mission of the college outside the classroom to promote ethical inquiry, religious learning, spiritual growth and community engagement.

Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender

The Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender (RCSG) seeks to contribute to the understanding of the diverse meanings and expressions of sexuality and gender, and the intersection of sexuality, gender, class and race, as well as other identities. 

Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) is committed to helping students make intentional decisions about their involvement, both in and out of the classroom, for a more meaningful Smith experience. 

Wurtele Center for Work & Life

Linking programming on leadership, work preparation and wellness practices, the Center for Work and Life introduces the concept that a "life well lived" is not necessarily all about doing academic work or building a high-powered career or even all about service.

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Other Initiatives & Resources

Campus Community Open Forums

Campus Community Open Forums (CCOFs) operate as a vehicle for ongoing community discussions about diversity. CCOF is open to all students, faculty and staff, and meets once a month during the academic year.

College Initiatives for Diversity Awareness

College Initiatives for Diversity Awareness (CIDA) is charged with reviewing student proposals for diversity program funding.

CIDA Proposal Form (Google Form)

Discretionary Funding for Students

A limited amount of funding is available to undergraduate Smith students in need for emergencies, special programs and some unanticipated events.

Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning

Students at all levels of academic skill work with the center’s writing counselors to improve drafts of their papers.

Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning

Tutoring, workshops and class study sessions in support of students doing quantitative work across the curriculum.

Staff Council

The Smith College Staff Council provides a network for the exchange of information between staff and administration, organizes college-wide programs to facilitate personal and professional growth, and promotes college-wide discussion of issues through public meetings and forums.