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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.

Kensington International School

A JCCE VISTA staff person coordinates Smith resources, including CSO academic tutors and faculty-led community-based learning courses. The partnership supports teachers, families and students, including recent refugees and immigrants, and connects Smith to regional efforts to integrate New Americans.


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 explores methods of incorporating historical knowledge, documentation methods and archival evidence of our foremothers’ lives into today’s movement campaigns and organizational strategies. Activists from across the United States convened at Smith in 2015 and 2016 for the Gloria & Wilma School for Organizers.