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Staff Council


Smith College Staff Council

Thomas Lark

Maddy Neely
Vice Chair

Colleen Keenan

Jessica Drawe

Staff Council members 2019-2020

Since its inception in 1992 the Smith College Staff Council has provided a comprehensive communication network for the exchange of information between staff and administration, organized college-wide programs to facilitate personal and professional growth, promoted college-wide discussion of issues through public meetings and forums, and planned extracurricular activities, such as trips to New York City, cookie swaps and media exchange events. Staff Council meets monthly and works to provide all staff with an opportunity for involvement in the Smith College community.

Get Involved

Have your voice heard some place other than at the water cooler!

Staff Council members take pride in listening to one another and they know how to get the word out to all members of the college. Participating in change is empowering and constructive and communication is what Staff Council is all about. Even if you are not an elected member, you can still be an important part of Staff Council, as your input makes the Staff Council stronger and more effective.


Help choose our next Staff Council! Voting will take place online from Wednesday, May 19, through Friday, May 21. Cast your votes.

We are actively encouraging early voting. The link is live now!

Share Ideas

Contact us if you have any questions about what the council does, or if you feel there is an issue you need help with or that the council should address.

Serve on Staff Council

We hold elections every spring and are always looking for people excited to get involved. Each Staff Council representative serves a two-year term and, each year, approximately half of the Council stands for election.

College release time is guaranteed for elected Staff Council members so they can take part in monthly and special meetings. Interested in joining Staff Council, or know someone who would be a great addition to the group? Check out the Nominations page!

Staff Council is holding their 2021 elections. Nominations are due April 28.

Join a Committee

We welcome all staff! You do not have to be an elected Staff Council member to participate on a committee that addresses something you care about.

Attend a Meeting

Come to a Staff Council meeting. Full Council and Committee meetings are open to all staff. See first-hand what we do and how we do it. Scheduled meetings are listed on the Committees page.

Participate in an Event

Consider participating in one of the many events held by the Staff Council. Current events include the Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase (details available on the Staff Council Facebook page, no account necessary). The Creative Arts Showcase is currently sponsoring a virtual preview. Find out more about the staff creative artists from the safety of your homes! Now featuring prints and pen and ink drawings by Dan Bennett!

Or, if you're in the mood for a good movie? Join Staff Council for a virtual screening of Remember the Titans at your leisure on June 4–5 at - your Smith login credentials will be required. Made possible by the Staff Council Activities Committee.

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Toward Racial Justice at Smith - A Living Document for Community Comment

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.