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About the Office

Clark Hall Student Affairs
 

With an emphasis on cultural competencies and global engagement, student affairs staff members employ nationally recognized best practices to meet the unique needs of Smith students. We work with a variety of offices and partners to enhance the life of Smith students intellectually and socially.

Core Values

Community

  • Acknowledging strengths
  • Appreciation
  • Assuming good intention
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Forgiveness
  • Respect for self and others

Intentional Learning

  • Assessment
  • Best practices
  • Change
  • Creativity

Social Justice

  • Humanity
  • Humility
  • Openness
  • Quality service

Wellness

  • Fun/spirit
  • Growth mindset
  • Self-compassion
  • Well-being of individual and community

Staff

Julianne Ohotnicky

Associate Dean of the College/Dean of Students

Clark Hall 203
Open Hours: Available by appointment (please contact Student Affairs at extension 4940 for an appointment)
The Office of Student Affairs focuses on issues regarding student life and acts as a resource for information and guidance. The associate dean of the college/dean of students oversees a comprehensive student development program that includes first-year student programs, health and wellness, multicultural affairs, student engagement and residence life. Dean Ohotnicky promotes programs that help students develop a sense of belonging to a supportive educational community. She is the primary liaison between students and the college administration and welcomes students’ concerns and suggestions.

Becky Shaw

Associate Dean of Students

Clark Hall 204
Open Hours: Monday 3–4 p.m.; Tuesday 9-10 a.m.; Wednesday 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Thursday 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Friday by appointment.
The associate dean of students assists the associate dean of the college/dean of students in providing leadership and direction to the Students Affairs departments and initiatives. The associate dean oversees and coordinates the development and administration of the case management system, student conduct system and tiered student support system, and supervises Residence Life. Dean Shaw assists the college in developing and coordinating services and programs designed to aid the success of all students, particularly struggling and at-risk students, in compliance with legal requirements and in accordance with college policies.

Marge Litchford

Assistant Dean of Students

Clark Hall 203
Open Hours: Please email your request for an appointment.
The assistant dean of students coordinates programs specific to new students. The assistant dean is available to meet with students by appointment.

Debby Ghezzi

Program Coordinator

Clark Hall 207
The program coordinator is responsible for the administrative functions for key student programs such as the College Judicial Board. She manages the central office function, including supervision of administrative assistant staff, oversight of student affairs publications, management of assigned budgets and maintenance of confidentiality regarding student and institutional records.

Jan Morris

Administrative Assistant

Clark Hall 102
As part of the administrative support pool for the student affairs office, the administrative assistant also provides support for the dean of multicultural affairs, the wellness education director and residence life, as well as other directors and administrative staff in the student affairs division.

Global Engagement

Sophia Smith envisioned Smith to be “a perennial blessing to the nation and the world.” Smith students define how the college will provide a meaningful education to each individual. A strong future will require well-educated women from many nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds who are globally educated and prepared to lead. Smith has global engagement programs and experiences in many areas, including first-year programs, leadership, health and wellness, international students and scholars, multicultural affairs, religious and spiritual life, residential life and student engagement.

 

Mission & Purpose

The mission of the Smith Equity Education (formerly the Student Equity Education) Planning Group is to develop an educational planning model that engages the whole student and supports creating an inclusive, equitable and accessible educational living and learning community. The purpose is to educate, train and advise/supervise students in a developmental way, and each student cohort will have an opportunity to reflect and grow. Each department within Student Affairs is expected to develop, present and complete a minimum of one emerging, two developing and one transforming initiative per year. Departments outside of Student Affairs are encouraged to engage in this co-curricular initiative and support the development of students in the outlined equity education learning outcomes, knowledge and competencies.

Functional Areas

  • First-Year Experience
  • Global Studies
    • International Students & Scholars
    • Study Abroad
  • Office of Equity & Inclusion
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Residence Life
  • Religious & Spiritual Life
  • Schacht Center for Health & Wellness
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Government Association (House Presidents)
  • Wurtele Center for Leadership

Focus Areas

SEE will focus on:

  • Student knowledge and awareness
  • Student success
  • Student opportunities, involvement and engagement
  • Student leadership
  • Student incentives and rewards

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and acknowledge the values of the institution
  • Understand and acknowledge student rights and responsibilities and the policies of the college
  • Explore and challenge beliefs and perceptions
  • Engage in an ongoing reflection of students’ relationship to others with appreciative curiosity

To best understand how to craft a plan for Smith Equity Education, we asked what students need in each year of their Smith experience. We spoke with Student Affairs deans and directors, working group members, members of the Office of the Dean of the College, the president’s senior staff members and students. Across the division of Student Affairs, we will offer educational programs and training to support students’ education with a focus on learning outcomes and knowledge and competencies.

To track and assess the program, please fill out the Smith Equity Education Tracking Tool form.

SEE Committee

  • Emma Bokhour ’19, student
  • Matilda Cantwell, Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Kris Evans, Counseling
  • Amy Hunter, Equity and Inclusion
  • Meghan Johnson ’19, student 
  • Sara McGuire, Student Engagement
  • Kris Mereigh, Wellness
  • Paige Moran, Student Engagement
  • Julianne Ohotnicky, Student Affairs, Co-Chair
  • Dana Olivo, Residence Life, Co-Chair
  • L’Tanya Richmond, Multicultural Affairs
  • Becky Shaw, Residence Life
  • Stacey Steinbach, Residence Life
  • Caitlin Szymkowicz, Global Studies

Additional Stakeholders

  • Tamra Bates, Student Engagement
  • Marge Litchford, First-Year Experience
  • Pam McCarthy, Schacht Center
  • Danielle Ramdath, Class Dean