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The Campaign for Smith

As talented young women are increasingly recognized as the hope of their nations, organizations, and families, Smith College is embarking on a defining initiative: to educate women for the world.

We have an extraordinary opportunity to affirm our status as a global women’s college, matching our greatest strength—women’s education—with one of the world’s great needs: women leaders.

To this end, we are embarking on a $450 million campaign that will make Smith the destination college for ambitious young women eager, as Sophia Smith envisioned, to increase their “power for good.”

The reason for this campaign is simple. Smith students deserve an education that matches their ambition.

Through this multiyear, international effort, we will provide women with educational opportunities that have not existed before. We will welcome students from around the world, creating a diverse campus community. We will design new ways to prepare students for leadership in a global society, giving them the confidence and perspective to tackle humanity’s most serious challenges.

The Campaign for SmithMost importantly, we will offer alumnae, parents, friends, and other stakeholders the opportunity to invest in these exceptional young women who, strengthened by their education, hold the promise to transform our world.

Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith will help us realize our vision of reimagining the liberal arts for the 21st century. Every Smith student will expand the depth and breadth of her knowledge by making powerful connections among academic disciplines. She will experience life in a culture different from her own; she will collaborate with leading scholars and peers from every part of the world; she will acquire the skills she needs to pursue a productive and meaningful life; and she will graduate empowered and emboldened to lead in a world that grows more complex by the day.

The Need

The Campaign for Smith


In the past decade, Smith has seen impressive growth in the number and quality of its applicants, with young women from around the world spurred by the desire for a challenging, engaging, global education.

Educating women for leadership speaks directly to a compelling societal need and answers the question “why a women’s college?” in a powerful way. It’s a growing consensus among businesses, governments, and NGOs around the world that one simple solution to some of our greatest challenges is to educate more young women and empower them to lead change. This has been Smith’s way of thinking from the beginning.

Our students graduate with a powerful sense of agency that provides a foundation for effective action and leadership in their communities. Indeed, Smith’s vision of global women’s leadership is deeply informed by the experiences of our alumnae, who credit their Smith education with giving them the capacities crucial to their success: intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, effective writing and public speaking, and the confidence to step forward with conviction. In the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India, and Africa, and in diplomatic and business circles around the globe, Smith women are widely known for stepping up, speaking out, and leading change. The young women who come to Smith today are eager to add to this powerful legacy.

Campaign Leadership

Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs

  • Jill Ker Conway, president emerita
  • Rochelle “Shelly” Braff Lazarus 68

Campaign Steering Committee

  • Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard ’69
  • April Hoxie Foley ’69
  • Ann Kaplan ’67
  • Janice Carlson Oresman ’55
  • Alison Overseth ’80
  • Lois Perelson-Gross ’83
  • Debra Y. Romero ’77
  • Sharmila (Mona) Ghosh Sinha ’88
  • Leslie Brooks Solomon ’82
  • Cornelia Mendenhall Small ’66
  • Anita Volz Wien ’62
  • Phoebe Pederson Wood ’75

Board of Trustees

  • Neelum Amin ’86
  • Deborah Keiko Reeves Berger ’86
  • Melissa Draper ’77
  • Deborah Duncan ’77, Chair
  • Madeleine Morgan Fackler ’80
  • Deborah Farrington ’72
  • April Hoxie Foley ’69
  • Steffanie Garrett ’88
  • Daniel Goroff
  • Neil R. Grabois
  • Kathleen Barnes Grant ’75
  • Lisa Toner Heffernan ’77
  • Elizabeth Hoffman ’68
  • Hoon Eng Khoo ’73
  • Peggy Liu '80
  • Marcia L. MacHarg ’70
  • Barbara Dodd Massey ’63
  • Kathleen McCartney
  • Mohsen Mostafavi
  • Susan Goodman Novick ’81
  • Camille O’Bryant ’83
  • Alison Overseth ’80
  • Meghna Purkayastha ’16
  • Patricia Friedman Ribakoff ’80
  • Debra Y. Romero ’77
  • Nina Scherago ’82
  • Sharmila Ghosh Sinha ’88
  • Greta Stacy ’15
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Lois Thompson ’66
  • Deborah Lindenauer Weinberg ’81

Faculty Campaign Ambassadors

  • Nancy Bradbury ’74, professor of English language and literature
  • Justin Cammy, associate professor of Jewish studies
  • Rosetta Cohen, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of Education and Child Study
  • John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art
  • Robert Dorit, professor of biological sciences
  • Andrew Guswa, professor of engineering, director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability
  • Stacie Hagenbaugh, director of the Lazarus Center for Career Development
  • Alice Hearst, professor of government
  • Rebecca Hovey, dean for international study, director of the Global Studies Center
  • Samuel Intrator, professor of education and child study
  • Alexandra Keller, associate professor of film studies
  • Dana Leibsohn, Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art
  • James Lowenthal, professor of astronomy
  • Mahnaz Mahdavi, professor of economics, Ann F. Kaplan Director of the Center for Women and Financial Independence
  • Borjana Mikic, Rosemary Bradford Hewlett 1940 Professor of Engineering, director of the Picker Engineering Program
  • Jessica Nicoll ’83, director and Louise Ines Doyle ’34 Chief Curator, Smith College Museum of Art
  • Joseph O’Rourke, associate provost and dean for academic development, Olin Professor of Computer Science, professor of mathematics and statistics
  • Katherine Queeney, professor of chemistry
  • Kevin Shea, associate professor of chemistry
  • Susan Van Dyne, professor of the study of women and gender
  • Janie Vanpée ’72, professor of French studies
  • Gregory White, professor of government, Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard ’69 Faculty Director of the Global Studies Center