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Smith Reads Helps Build Community

This year’s Smith Reads selection—Tara Westover’s powerful memoir, “Educated”—offers many avenues for discussion and community building among new Smithies.

  • Campus Life
  • July 31, 2020
Educated: A Memoir. Illustration of the silhouette of a person climbing a mountain that is also the edge of a large pencil

Sarah Dwyer-Shick ’96: Supporting Women in Sport

Why aren’t sports bras considered necessary sports equipment? The Sports Bra Project, founded by soccer coach Sarah Dwyer-Shick ’96, seeks to change that, as well ensure all sports are accessible to girls and women by overseeing donations of new sports bras distributed to organizations around the world. But the story doesn't end there.

  • Alumnae News
  • July 29, 2020
Sarah Dwyer-Shick ’96

A Conversation with Baishakhi Taylor

Baishakhi Taylor, who began work as dean of the college and vice president for campus life on July 1, has been working with other campus leaders to find ways to engage students in the daily life of the college this fall, while maintaining the health of the community.

  • Campus Life
  • July 27, 2020
Baishakhi Taylor

2020 Draper Finals Will Be Virtual Event

The final rounds of the 2020 Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs—a signature Smith event since 2012—will be held virtually on Friday, August 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • July 24, 2020
Melisa Parker and Tim Draper smiling during a presentation

Getting to the Heart of COVID-19

Virologist Angela Rasmussen ’00 has a knack for making complex scientific information accessible. It is a skill that has made her one of the go-to scientists members of the media turn to help make sense of SARS-CoV-2, the name of the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. 

  • Alumnae News
  • July 24, 2020
Angela Rasmussen 00

Smith Announces Plans for Fall Semester

Smith College’s COVID-19 response plan, “A Culture of Care,” puts health and safety, students’ education and the Smith experience at its center.

  • News of Note
  • July 6, 2020
Detail shot of the top of the Grecourt Gates

Smith College Welcomes New Trustees

The Smith College Board of Trustees welcomes seven new members who will begin their governance duties on July 1.

  • News of Note
  • June 29, 2020
College Hall front drive

Five Years Later: Reflecting on Marriage Equality

On the fifth anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, Cory Albertson, lecturer in sociology, reflects on the Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • June 29, 2020
Cory Albertson headshot

Feeding a Revolution

When protests against police brutality began in New York City a few weeks ago, Gaiana Joseph ’17 wanted to help in a meaningful way. A passionate cook, she co-founded Fuel the People, a grassroots initiative to bring food to protestors. So far, she and her group of volunteers have handed out thousands of homemade sandwiches, drinks and other treats to demonstrators on the front lines.

  • Alumnae News
  • June 22, 2020
Six friends—five black and one white— in masks standing next to each other in front of a citscape. T-shirts include "Black Nerds Unite" and "Melanin Poppin"

Dawn of a New Day

Faith leaders impart messages of hope, acceptance and belief in our collective power to work for a better world.

  • Campus Life
  • June 18, 2020
Black outline of a person in a skirt and kitten heels walking past a church against a blue background

The Morning Call that Never Came

Death of a parent in the age of COVID-19 carries an extra layer of grief.

  • Campus Life
  • June 18, 2020
Blue and red Illustration, including overlapping outline of a man's head, a grainy wedding photo, and a smart phone

Dispatch from Madrid: Feeling Community Through My Window

Teresa Kábana ’92 sends a dispatch from Madrid.

  • Campus Life
  • June 18, 2020
Illustration of a blonde person with long hair leaning out a balcony, looking over Madrid while other people clap in their windows

Echoes of a Pandemic

From canceled classes to campus quarantines, effects of the 1918 Spanish flu ring familiar.

  • Campus Life
  • June 18, 2020
Color photo of Schacht health center with a page being turned revealing a black and white photo of the Elizabeth Mason infirmary

Virtual Togetherness

Quarantines fall away as Smith friends Zoom into one another’s living rooms.

  • Campus Life
  • June 18, 2020
array of alumnae faces

All-Hands Crisis Response

Entire campus community takes up an array of challenges presented by a dangerous pandemic.

  • Campus Life
  • June 18, 2020
Rodger Blum at a ballet barre with a zoom array of photos on a computer in front of him.

A Semester Like No Other

From there, the dominoes began falling rapidly. The spring bulb show abruptly closed on March 9, two days after it opened.

  • Campus Life
  • June 18, 2020
Graduates in front of the Quad

Racialization of Infectious Disease

As viruses spread, so does discrimination against marginalized groups, says psychologist Sherry Wang ’06.

  • Alumnae News
  • June 18, 2020
Sherry Wang

Activist and Author Loretta Ross: Staying Hopeful

Visiting associate professor, author and activist Loretta Ross believes the coronavirus pandemic has provided people more time to reflect on systemic injustices and “think deeply about what is important to them.”

  • Research & Inquiry
  • June 18, 2020
Loretta Ross


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