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for the spring 2021 semester.
About the Center
We work with community partners to critically engage with theories, data and experiences to improve interdependent aspects of community health.
We initiate, encourage, support, test and reflect on collaborative strategies and projects.
Named in memory of Jane Grossman Cecil ’50, the Jandon Center fosters opportunities for Smith students to engage actively with the community and practice responsible citizenship. Along with her husband and lifelong partner, Don, Jane was a leading philanthropist, co-founder of the Jandon Foundation (Jane + Don = Jandon), and a tireless advocate for education and champion of programs for meaningful change.
Jandon Center Team
Jandon Center Advisory Board
Professor of the Study of Women & Gender; Chair of CESC Concentration
HANNAH GATES ’22
Education & Child Study Major; Kensington Young Scholars Mentorship Fellow
Executive Director, Community Action Pioneer Valley
BEVERLY LIPSEY ’18
SC Community Engagement and Social Change alumna; Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Malaysia /p>
DENISSE MANSO GONZALEZ ’22
Latin American Studies Major; Recruitment Outreach Intern
MAEVE MCCURDY ’21
Anthropology Major, Climate Change Concentrator; Jandon Center Fellow
Organizing Director, Neighbor to Neighbor MA
SHEENA NOMURA ’23
Community Engagement and Social Change Concentrator
Executive Producer, Presencia (WGNY/PBS)
FARAH SAMAWI ’19
Smith College Community Engagement and Social Change Alumna ’19; Research Coordinator, CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion
Jandon Affiliate Programs
The Jandon Center and its affiliate programs, such as the Urban Education Initiative, share a common mission. Affiliate programs are substantially directed by faculty or staff outside the Jandon Center. Our affiliate programs provide opportunities for Smith students to transfer what they are learning in the classroom to real-world experiences alongside mentors—many of whom are Smith alumnae—in schools and other educational settings.