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Wurtele Center for Leadership

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In our work with students, faculty, and staff, the Wurtele Center for Leadership embraces and advocates for a collaborative approach to leadership. We strive to empower members of the Smith community with an understanding that they can lead from any vantage point, whether they hold positional power or not. At the same time, we recognize and seek to dismantle the power structures that produce inequities in leadership. We design workshops, programs, talks, partnerships with other campus units, and other learning experiences that encourage participants to understand themselves (ME) and collaborate productively with others (WE) in order to apply their knowledge and lead change (IMPACT).

Leading in the Time of COVID-19


For 2021, in lieu of the Impact Awards, the Wurtele Center for Leadership has created a site for members of our community to share stories of those who have demonstrated leadership in the time of the coronavirus.

The nature of the Impact Awards is to recognize students, faculty and staff who demonstrate the creativity, courage and collaborative capacity to make positive change at scales both large and small.

We invite you to join us in contributing stories that speak to the question:

How have we experienced leadership within the Smith community (our own, that of others who have impacted our lives, or acts of leadership we have been a witness to) that has transformed our ways of thinking, being and working together during this time?

Who Should You Nominate?

  • A student-, faculty- and/or staff-led effort to work collaboratively to impact the Smith community in some measurable way—change that has been noted as needed and necessary for the community to grow and evolve during this time of extreme uncertainty.
  • A long-term or consistent student-led effort to engage the community and have an impact inside or beyond the Smith College campus.
  • An individual or group who demonstrated commitment to issues of social justice, inclusion and equity at Smith College and/or in the local or global community.
  • A student, faculty or staff member who demonstrated flexibility or willingness to shift gears in the face of an ambiguous challenge, or a capacity to engage as a central support and implementer of ideas when they are working as part of a group or team.

These are not in any way exhaustive. For more concrete examples or for further inspiration, see example submissions.

Submissions are due by Friday, April 30th, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Featured Leadership Events

Featured Event

The Art of Leading Teams: Tools for Collaborative Assessment and Reflection: Ecocycle Planning

  • 12:15-1:30 p.m. EST
  • Open to any faculty or staff member interested in cross-campus community building, discussion, and learning about methods for leading and working collaboratively in teams. Email to rsvp.


Wurtele Center for Leadership
Clark Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: 413-585-4937

Director: Erin Park Cohn