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Ai-jen Poo at Commencement: ‘Changing the Logic of Power’

In her Smith College Commencement address, activist and social innovator Ai-jen Poo urged members of Smith College’s class of 2019 to transform the look of leadership.

  • Campus Life
  • May 19, 2019
Ai-jen Poo

Words of Wisdom from Extraordinary Women

On the eve of Commencement, members of the Smith community gathered to hear from this year's honorary degree recipients.

  • Campus Life
  • May 18, 2019
President Kathleen McCartney and honorary degree recipients at panel

College Bids Farewell to Retiring Faculty

At a celebratory luncheon held May 16, President Kathleen McCartney thanked this year's four faculty retirees for their years of service to the college.



  • News of Note
  • May 15, 2019
Detail shot of the top of the Grecourt Gates

Carrie Lee Lancaster ’19: Education as Evolution

At the end of her senior year, Carrie Lee Lancaster ’19 tends to speak with exclamation points. Grateful for the opportunities she’s had, and excited about what the future holds, she says, “I’ve evolved at Smith!”  

  • Campus Life
  • May 15, 2019

Smith Announces $75 Million Scholarship Initiative

Smith College is launching “Here for Every Voice,” a $75 million fundraising initiative that will boost scholarship support and ensure that a Smith education remains accessible and affordable to students from a range of backgrounds.

  • Supporting Smith
  • May 13, 2019
group photo

A Life in Music Started at Smith

Arianne Abela ’08 was born without most of her fingers and her left leg, so hiding her hands became almost second nature. While she loved music and sang in the choir at Smith, the idea of conducting never entered her mind. 

  • Alumnae News
  • May 13, 2019
Arianne Abela

Real-World Engineering: Smith’s Design Clinic

A team of students in Smith's Design Clinic designed a plastic rod-scoring device for Sanderson MacLeod twisted wire brush company in Palmer, Mass. that the company plans to use in its manufacturing.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • May 10, 2019
Ford Hall | Design Lab

Emma Seymour ’19: Sports Journalism

Smith basketball player Emma Seymour '19 turned her disappointment in the lack of media coverage of the Pioneers' historic spring season into inspiration for writing articles about the media's unequal treatment of women's sports.

  • Athletics
  • May 9, 2019
Student athlete Emma Seymour '19

Athena Sofides ’19: Environmental Activism

Athena Sofides ’19 describes how Smith helped her connect her interests in biology and environmental justice in one of a series of profiles of this year's graduating class.

  • Campus Life
  • May 7, 2019
Athena Sofides '19

Juniors Excel in National Fellowship Competitions

Four members of the Class of 2020 have received Goldwater Scholarships, and another has been awarded a Udall Scholarhip.

  • News of Note
  • May 2, 2019
Detail shot of the top of the Grecourt Gates with spring flowers

Unleashing Creativity: Smith’s First Maker Faire

Smith’s inaugural Maker Faire drew upwards of 500 visitors for hands-on experiences with everything from drone flying to hydroponic gardening.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 23, 2019
Participants at Smith's first Maker Faire

Karli Hakala ’19: Tracking Wildlife in the Field

Karli Hakala, another in a series of profiles of members of the class of 2019, shares how she discovered her passion for wildlife biology.

  • Campus Life
  • April 22, 2019
Karli Hakala '19

‘I Sing Earth’: Creating a Choreopoem at MacLeish

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2, in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, students will perform "I Sing Earth," a new choreopoem created at Smith's MacLeish Field Station.

  • Smith Arts
  • April 17, 2019
group of students in rehearsal

People News, April 2019

Entrepreneurial awards, prestigious national fellowships and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae.

  • Campus Life
  • April 15, 2019
Students studying in Ford Hall

Kendra Bonde ’19: Exploring China's History

As part of a series of profiles of members of the class of 2019, meet Kendra Bonde, a world traveler and explorer in more ways than one.

  • Campus Life
  • April 12, 2019
Kendra Bonde headshot

Announcing the 2019 Sherrerd Teaching Prizes

The three Smith faculty members chosen for this year’s Sherrerd Awards share what one nominator called a “contagious passion” for teaching and learning.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 11, 2019
Students in a Smith class Sherrerd photo

Mwangi Center: A Space for Community Building

Since it reopened last year after a major renovation, Smith’s Mwangi Cultural Center has emerged as a prime venue for student engagement and community building. 

  • Campus Life
  • April 8, 2019
Mwangi Center student coordinators 2019

The Power of Medicine

Jenny Siegel ’01 talks about her work as medical director of the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery Department at Boston Medical Center.

  • Alumnae News
  • April 5, 2019
Jenny Siegle, medical director of transgender services at Boston Medical Center


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