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Special Projects

Smith student standing in a child's classroom where she volunteers

The Jandon Center is committed to being a good neighbor and community member. We know that college-community partnerships not only sustain stronger communities and advance community goals, but they also support and advance our goals as an educational institution.

Ireland: Overcoming Divided Histories

This project, coordinated by the Jandon Center and the Lewis Global Studies Center, involves examining different views of Irish identity and explores how they are represented in the urban landscapes of Belfast and Dublin. We explore how artists and writers respond to those divisions and propose alternative futures. Participants walk the streets of both cities, meeting local activists, artists and writers, and sampling local culture, with ample time for reflection and dialogue.
Save the date: May 20–31, 2019

See photos from Smith students who participated in the 2018 trip to Ireland.


Project on Women & Social Change

The Smith Project on Women and Social Change is an interdisciplinary faculty research group that was founded in 1978.


Speaker Series

In addition to the Jane Grossman Cecil ’50 Memorial Education Lecture, the Jandon Center hosts a Leadership for Social Change workshop series to engage critically with issues related to social equity and community health. JCCE also joins with campus partners to support community dialogue that acknowledges, reflects and acts on injustice faced by significant numbers of people in the United States and globally.


The Steinem Initiative

Using the internationally renowned Sophia Smith Archive, The Steinem Initiative was a two-year pilot to develop women’s and gender history as an effective organizing tool. It was founded on the premise that women’s and gender history has the potential to expand the vision, deepen the analysis, strengthen the strategy, and broaden the base of women’s movements and, in the process, elevate gender justice within other social movements. In early 2018, co-directors Joyce Follet and Sara Gould summarized the work of the initiative and its future plans in the following final report.