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Programs & Activities

Four students singing on stage at Otelia Cromwell Day

Heritage Month Celebrations

Latina Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the influence la raza has had on American history and culture. The Latina American Students’ Organization hosts commemorative celebrations throughout the month.

Asian Pacific American Awareness Month

The Asian Students Association (ASA) and the Korean Students Association (KSA) co-sponsor a range of events highlighted by an Asian Teahouse and fall conference.

Native American/American Indian Heritage Month

November is a time to acknowledge the contributions of the first Americans. Indigenous Smith Students and Allies (ISSA) co-sponsor several events highlighted by an Anti-Columbus Day Teach-In and rally.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Smith College encourages participation in the national movement to restore the intended meaning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day—making it a day on, not a day off. In addition, commemorative programming is held after students return to campus for spring semester.

Black Heritage Month

A week-long remembrance of African Americans' history and accomplishments has evolved into a vibrant, month-long celebration. Smith College observes Black Heritage Month throughout February in conjunction with the Black Arts Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Smith Black Students' Alliance.

Programs and Resources

Community of Color Mixer
The Community of Color Mixer is a kickoff event held at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. All new and returning Smithies of color are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the mixer is to provide a relaxed and informal venue for students of color to network, build community, reconnect with friends, and meet new peers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series
This event commemorates the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and is made possible by the Mwangi Fund, which was established by the Smith College Class of 1987. The lecture happens on or around April 4th to promote awareness and appreciation of racial and ethnic diversity. This date marks the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Multicultural Experience (ME!) Program
The Multicultural Experience (ME!) provides weekly community engagement for students of color through holistic programming. Core components of the program are Engagement with the community, Enrichment through cultural experiences, Exploration of wellness and Education through advising and mentoring.

Mwangi Reads is a program designed to engage students of color in Multicultural and Ethnic Studies literature in fun, accessible ways. Students can expect ongoing promotion of newly added material to the Mwangi Cultural Center library, and a variety of monthly programming.

MwangiTalks E-Newsletter
MwangiTalks is the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ weekly newsletter curated by the Mwangi Cultural Center student coordinators. The newsletter highlights upcoming events hosted by Unity organizations, resources and programs at Smith College, and opportunities for Smithies to share their stories.

Thriving in the Valley Resource Guide
Curated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Thriving in the Valley is a guide for Smithies of color to fully experience the Five College community in the Pioneer Valley.

Cromwell Day Symposia

Smith College annually honors the pioneering courage of its first African American graduate, Otelia Cromwell, class of 1900, and her niece Adelaide Cromwell ’40, the first African American professor appointed at Smith. The entire college gathers for workshops, lectures, films and performances that focus on the topics of racism, diversity and community.