Smith College A Culture of Care

The Beginning of the End: Demystifying the COVID-19 Vaccine

Letters to the Community
March 10, 2021

Dear students, staff and faculty:

On behalf of the President’s Cabinet, the COVID-19 Incident Response Team and the Vaccine Working Group, I am pleased to invite you to attend The Beginning of the End: Demystifying the COVID-19 Vaccine on Wednesday, March 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Join us for a virtual community forum about the COVID-19 vaccine and get answers. Let’s talk about the science, misconceptions, benefits and outcomes we face with the COVID-19 vaccine. What does the vaccine do? How does it work? How can we separate fact from fiction? Experts in public health, science and medicine will debunk vaccine myths and raise awareness about immunization. Find out about local vaccination sites, eligibility guidelines and latest updates.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and fight COVID-19 in the Pioneer Valley and beyond! Free and open to the public.

Moderator: Rob Dorit, professor of biological sciences and department chair


  • Ann Becker, D.N.P., R.N., clinical associate professor, public health director and co-director of the Public Health Promotion Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Tara Dumont, M.D., college physician and medical director of the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, Smith College
  • Suzanne Gottschang, professor of anthropology and of East Asian studies, Smith College
  • Steven Williams, Gates Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Please register here to attend this live Zoom community forum panel discussion and feel free to submit one or two questions for the panelists to answer during the forum.


Hélène Visentin
Associate Dean of the Faculty/Dean for Academic Development