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Inclusion Conference

“Inclusion in Action: Listening and Organizing Across Difference,” held April 10, 2019, was created by and for Smith College. It was 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. #scinclusion

The majority of programs—more than 60—were offered by Smith's own students, staff, faculty and alums. Special guests included 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. Closing our day of learning was queer Chicana performer Monica Palacios presenting “Browner Queerer Louder Prouder.” Dynamic sessions focused on helping our community face challenges together, recognize strengths, build connections, work in accountable solidarity, repair harm, dream big and take action.

Programming included 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.

Schedule in Brief

Community members gathered for an opening ceremony before attending a variety of learning sessions offered by Smith faculty, staff, students, alums and special guests throughout the day. Insights from the day’s learning will be woven together into a closing gathering and send-off.

For a detailed look at individual program sessions, please visit the Program Schedule page.

7–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9 a.m. Welcome
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 on Chapin and Seelye lawns
12:30/1–4 p.m. Program blocks
4–5:30 p.m. Closing plenary

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 ’19J
  • Bee Buehring
  • Annie DelBusto Cohen
  • Raven Fowlkes-Witten ’17
  • Amy Hunter
  • Queen Lanier