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Smith Bids Farewell to Retiring Faculty

At the close of the academic year, the college honored 13 retiring faculty members with a combined 420 years of service to Smith.

  • News of Note
  • May 26, 2023
Lanning fountain in springtime

Graduates are ‘Uniquely Qualified’ to Make the World Better

In her address at Smith’s Commencement on May 21, activist and author Reshma Saujani urged graduates to “fix the system” that keeps women and girls from reaching their potential.

  • News of Note
  • May 21, 2023

For Bonus Exam Points: Who Are You?

When it comes to exams, some professors are leading with surprisingly supportive and helpful questions.

  • Campus Life
  • May 11, 2023
A group of four students study at a table on the Neilson Library rooftop

Connecting To Young People Through Poetry

More than 250 high school students came to Smith to hear acclaimed poet Hanif Abdurraqib read his work, share his Spotify playlists, chat about the NBA, and answer their questions about poetry.

  • Smith Arts
  • May 2, 2023
Hanif Abdurraqib spoke to local high school sudents at Smith.

Smith Icon Honored by Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame has found a new way to honor Smith educator and founding mother of the game, Senda Berenson. 

  • Athletics
  • April 28, 2023
Berenson Trophy at Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Corinna Davis ’23: Smith's First Geothermal Tour Guide

Engineering major Corinna Davis '23 has led dozens of people on tours of Smith's innovative renewable energy project over the past two semesters.

  • Sustainability
  • April 27, 2023
Corinna Davis '23 at the site of Smith's geothermal project

Emilia Tamayo ’23: Being Colombian "Is Who I Am"

Emilia Tamayo ’23 says she came to Smith knowing she would major in Latin American studies because "being Colombian bleeds into every facet of who I am. I cannot navigate life without my diaspora."

  • Campus Life
  • April 25, 2023

Smith Welcomes New Trustees

The Smith College Board of Trustees welcomes three new members who bring expertise in civil rights, broadcast journalism, and investment management to the Smith board.

  • News of Note
  • April 24, 2023
College Hall front drive

People News, April 2023

Awards in music, mathematics and mentorship are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 14, 2023
A student on a scooter riding by a flowering white tree on campus

Playing With Heart

Local basketball-loving alum Patricia Czepiel Hayes ’84 was “extremely inspired” by the Pioneers’ historic season. Here are her reflections.

  • Athletics
  • April 7, 2023
A Pioneer makes a shot during a basketball game

Teaching 'From the Mind and Heart'

The three faculty members selected for this year's Sherrerd Teaching Awards are described by their nominators as teaching with passion, grace and humor.

  • News of Note
  • April 4, 2023
The Lanning Learning Fountain with a backdrop of blue sky

Becoming 'Money Mentors'

A new financial literacy training program at Smith aims to educate students about personal finances, investing and entrepreneurship and train them to become "money mentors" for their peers.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 30, 2023
10 student Financial Literacy Empowerment Fellows

A New Voice for Students with Disabilities

By advocating for improved services for students with disabilities, the new student-led group Dis-Organizing hopes to effect changes that will benefit everyone at Smith.

  • Campus Life
  • March 29, 2023
Four founding members of Dis-Organizing group for students with disabilities

A Record-Breaking Admission Season

Smith received a record-breaking number of applications for the class of 2027—a 36 percent increase over last year.

  • News of Note
  • March 28, 2023
Grecourt Gate against blue sky

Eye of the Tigress

Tigress Osborn ’96, chair of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, is a force to be reckoned with as she champions the fat liberation movement.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 25, 2023

Public Education Doesn’t Get Enough Respect

Public education doesn't get enough respect. Donna Hayward ’91, M.A.T. ’93, the 2023 National Principal of the Year, is determined to change that.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 25, 2023
Donna Hayward

Turning Trauma Into Advocacy

Ifetayo Harvey ’14 founded the People of Color Psychedelic Collective to create a more just and inclusive movement. She is using her own story to lead drug policy reform and destigmatize substance use.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 24, 2023

‘Sink or Swim’ Doesn’t Cut It in the Classroom

Math professor Candice Price approaches teaching with ‘radical grace.’

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 23, 2023


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