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About the Center

Lewis Global Studies Center

Talented young women are increasingly recognized around the globe as the hope of their nations, organizations and families. Smith College has embarked on a defining initiative: to educate women who will transform their communities and change our world. From day one on campus, students engage with international and intercultural issues. In collaboration with faculty advisers, students design a program of in-class and out-of-class global leadership experiences.

Mission Statement

The Lewis Global Studies Center integrates, enriches and promotes opportunities for the critical study of global issues in order to advance the college’s mission to prepare women for global citizenship and leadership. We engage Smith students, faculty and staff in international and intercultural studies and cultivate an understanding of the global context of a Smith education.

Who We Are

Rosetta Marantz Cohen

Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard 1969 Faculty Director of the Lewis Global Studies Center
Myra M. Sampson Professor of Education & Child Study

Rebecca Hovey

Director of the Lewis Global Studies Center
Dean for International Study

Caitlin Szymkowicz

Associate Dean of International Students & Scholars

Lisa Johnson

Assistant Dean for International Study

Nathan Hammond

Student Enrollment and Program Manager

Laura Gomez

Administrative Coordinator

Susan Pouliot

Budget and Enrollment Coordinator

Meet the Lewis Global Studies Center Student Workers

María Bermúdez ’21

María is an international student who was born in Argentina but lives in Madrid. She is a sophomore with an intended biochemistry major and Portuguese minor. María is eager to help students at the Lewis Global Studies Center in the same way she was helped as a lost first-year student.


Madeleine Foster ’19

Madeleine studied abroad for the first time in Panama during her junior year of high school. She spent her Smith junior year abroad in Quito, Ecuador, which provided connections to succeed in a professional environment outside of the United States. She used her Praxis funding to complete a research internship over the summer with one of her professors in Ecuador, and her internship helped her discover what she wants to do post-graduation. She hopes that students will feel welcome to check out all the possibilities that Smith has to offer in international experiences.


Fiona Jicha ’21

Growing up in rural Maryland, traveling and studying other cultures has always been something Fiona has been passionate about. She hopes to spend her junior year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. In the meantime, she studies Spanish, comparative literature and translation studies. In her free time she enjoys singing, finding new coffee shops and planning her future apartment in Barcelona.


Nicole Lawler ’19

Nicole grew up in a bilingual home in Arlington, Virginia. She speaks four languages and loves to travel and experience new cultures. She spent a year studying abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she challenged herself both academically and personally, traveled to many countries, and experienced first-hand new and exciting ways of life. She welcomes students at the global studies center and helps facilitate the study abroad process. 

Global Leaders-in-Residence Program

The Global Leaders-in-Residence program brings distinguished international leaders to campus to interact with students and faculty members. Leaders are drawn from diverse fields such as diplomacy, business, government, philanthropy, the arts, journalism, science, medicine, engineering, and education. Visiting scholars and speakers are also invited to campus for shorter residency programs. The center provides a venue for students to interact with these renowned guests in formal and informal ways.

Visiting Scholars Program

Smith College's Visiting Scholars Program serves to enrich campus intellectual activities, nurture the college's commitment to cultural diversity and further its goal of being a world college.