Smith has joined 67 of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities in an alliance to substantially expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates. This growing alliance, called the American Talent Initiative, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, brings together a diverse set of public and private institutions united in this common goal.
Poet, playwright and performance artist Lenelle Moïse MFA’04 believes in using all five senses to engage an audience. Her communications style is evident on first meeting. As Moïse—who is this year’s Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith—describes her work with students, she perches on the edge of her chair, face animated, arms and hands gesturing gracefully as she speaks.
Smithies may have noticed their athletic workouts are looking a bit brighter. That’s due to efforts underway to change the lighting in all college athletic facilities from fluorescent bulbs to more energy-efficient LEDs.Once the transition is completed this summer, the lighting in Scott and Ainsworth Gyms, as well as the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility, will be nearly 100 percent LED.
Michael Stephens, Smith’s new ombudsperson, is dedicated to helping people feel more confident about solving workplace challenges. His office in Lilly Hall is designed to be a safe space for faculty and staff to discuss concerns in a confidential, neutral environment.
Being part of a new women’s leadership initiative at Smith has changed the way Ada Comstock Scholar Rita Flournoy sees her role on campus.“Before, when issues would come up, my question to people was, ‘Why weren’t you there?’” she says. “Now, my question has become, ‘How can I be there, helping to get things done?'"
You wouldn’t normally think of Smith as a traditional business school. And yet, this liberal arts college produces an impressive array of alumnae business leaders. Now, thanks to a visionary challenge gift that led to the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Smith has begun offering students a more expansive toolkit, with applications for just about any venture, business or otherwise.