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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.


Emergency Fund for Women of Color

The Emergency Fund for Women of Color, a small discretionary fund, was created in June 2001 through generous donations from a diverse group of Smith College alumnae. The alumnae recalled those times during their undergraduate years when they did not have enough money to pay for necessities such as books, or a personal crisis such as bus fare home for a sudden illness or funeral.

“We would help each other, taking up collections for a sister who needed it,” recalls a member of the class of 1974. “We felt there should be a real mechanism in place…and we want to give something back.”

How to Apply

Please complete the Emergency Funding Application on the Smith Social Network (you must be signed in to access the form). Requests for Funding for the Emergency Fund for Women of Color (EFWOC) are reviewed by the dean of multicultural affairs.

Please note: An emergency is an unexpected, serious and urgent situation, or unanticipated event, requiring prompt action. Examples include treatment for an acute medical or dental condition, payment for medication, replacement of eyeglasses, and travel funds for an urgent family matter. The Emergency Fund is not a replacement for financial aid, and is intended to cover incidental and unexpected expenses of modest amounts.

If you are unsure of whether something would be covered, feel free to contact L’Tanya Richmond, dean of multicultural affairs, at

After Applying


Responses are expedited, but still may take a day or two. Students will be notified via their campus email regarding the status of their request. 

Thank-You Letters

Expressions of gratitude can be addressed to “Whom it May Concern” and submitted to the dean of multicultural affairs at