About the Office
Letters to the Community
- Employee Notice Regarding Reporting Discrimination, October 14, 2021
- Save the Date: Cromwell Day is November 4, 2021
- Making Progress: February 2021 Racial Justice Update
- Toward Racial Justice at Smith College: Cromwell Day Update, November 9, 2020
- Cromwell Day is November 10, 2020
- An Invitation to Generating Justice, October 20, 2020
- Making Reports Related to Discrimination, October 9, 2020
- Toward Racial Justice at Smith College: A Living Document, July 9, 2020
- Notice of Title IX Changes, August 14, 2020
- Xenophobia, Racism and COVID-19, April 1, 2020
- Update on Community-Engagement Efforts, March 31, 2020
- Update on Progress Toward Shared Goals of Equity and Inclusion, January 28, 2020
Inclusion in Action Letters
In addition to expanding diversity in faculty and staff, Smith must make its classrooms and discourse more inclusive and reduce barriers to full participation in its academic and co-curricular offerings.
—from Lives of Distinction and Purpose, A Plan for Smith
Participation in National Organizations
Floyd Cheung | he/him
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Floyd Cheung guides the development and administration of all equity- and inclusion-related initiatives and programs at Smith. Among his responsibilities are programming, curricular initiatives, and supporting the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff and student body. A professor of English language and literature and American studies, Cheung was the founding chair of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate Program. He most recently served as faculty director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning.
College Hall 302 • 413-585-2141
Queen Lanier | she/her
Assistant to the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Queen Lanier is the initial point of contact for the office. She works closely with the vice president to prioritize the workflow of the office, maintain the office budget, and schedule committee and individual meetings for office members. Queen manages all aspects of the office’s day-to-day operations while also serving on the Cromwell Day Committee, Inclusion in Action and the Virtual Community Engagement Team. If you have any questions about the office or need to make an appointment, email Queen.
College Hall 302 • 413-585-2141
Martha Alexander | she/her
Director of Non-Discrimination Initiatives and Title IX Coordinator
Martha’s position with the College requires her to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and investigate alleged violations of College policies relating to discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. To make a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, please contact the Office for Equity and Inclusion or contact Martha directly.
College Hall 302 • 413-585-2141
Matilda Cantwell | she/her or they/them
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and College Chaplain
Reverend Matilda Rose Cantwell served as the senior fellow for interfaith initiatives for three years, working with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life to promote its theme of justice, identity and social change, collaborating with others to undergird and rejuvenate social justice work with contemplative and reflective practices. She works closely with various religious and nonreligious student organizations on campus, faculty, staff and community partners; and especially enjoys both her collective and one-on-one conversations with students. Matilda holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Lewis and Clark College, a master’s degree from Smith College School for Social Work, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School.
Helen Hills Hills Chapel • 413-585-4595
Toby Davis | he/him
Inclusion Education Trainer/Facilitator
Toby Davis ’03 is available to provide a variety of trainings to individual departments, groups and the campus as a whole. In addition, Toby serves as the point person and advocate for low income, first generation, trans and gender-nonconforming students. His areas of interest include antiracism, queer and trans liberation, intergroup dialogue and compassionate communication. He holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.Ed in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, as well as a certificate in Social Justice Mediation. His office hours are Mondays 2:30-4pm or by appointment.
College Hall 307 • 413-585-6261
Raven Fowlkes-Witten | they/them
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Raven Fowlkes-Witten serves as the point person and advocate for undocumented, trans and gender non-conforming students. They organize and provide resources for these groups as well as advise and support students as needed. Raven oversees the office social media and is excited by campus programs centered around equity and inclusion. Please email them to schedule an appointment.
College Hall 307 • 413-585-6260
Marjorie Valdivia | she/her
Action Planning Project Coordinator and Facilitator
Marjorie Valdivia serves as the point person to support individual departments in their efforts of developing their racial justice action plans. She is available to provide a variety of trainings to individual departments. She holds an M.Ed and PH.D in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has ten years of experience in the field of social justice education. Marjorie is the co-author of a chapter intended to support educators and community leaders to teach about race and racism in the book Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. In addition, she recently collaborated on a book chapter that focuses on providing pedagogical approaches on how to teach about class and classism for the upcoming fourth edition of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. As a social justice educator she is committed to developing, promoting an inclusive learning community that is caring, supportive and welcoming, and fosters interests and commitment to equity and inclusion. Her office hours are Wednesdays 2-4 or by appointment in College Hall 307
L’Tanya Richmond | she/her
Dean of Multicultural Affairs
Dean Richmond is responsible for the strategic leadership, vision, and management of multicultural affairs. She is devoted to programs and policies that maximize student personal development and academic excellence opportunities. Dean Richmond oversees the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, Emergency Fund, the Mwangi Fund, and all multicultural student-directed services.
Mwangi Cultural Center 105 • 413-585-4945
In this time of urgent racial crisis, we emerge from ongoing planning into powerful action.
With recommendations from our Toward Racial Justice at Smith plan, Smith College continues its commitment to transparency, to inclusivity and to racial justice at Smith. Informed by student, staff and faculty voices to Inclusion in Action work, as well as student and alumnae/i demands, discussions with the Inclusion Council and Presidents’ Cabinet, the college commits to action.