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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

Desk Lamps to Dental Floss

Common Goods Resource Center was founded by students as a place for students to get basic essentials like shampoo and linens at no cost. Today, Common Goods provides the must-haves, but it also offers much more.

  • Campus Life
  • March 23, 2023
Student workers in front of Common Goods Resource Center

Hærvest of Trēow-lufu

Hana Videen ’07 finds her passion on-lūcan (unlocking) the mysteries of Old English.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 22, 2023
Aya Kakeda illustration of an elf paradise

Not Your Mother’s Music

Phoebe Kallaher ’25 spins the most-loved tunes from decades past.

  • Campus Life
  • March 22, 2023

Faculty Tenure and Promotions Announced

At its meeting in February, the Smith College Board of Trustees approved tenure and promotion recommendations for 20 faculty members, effective July 1.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 1, 2023
The Lanning fountain against a blue sky

A 'Sea Change' in the Sciences

Smith is one of only 11 institutions nationwide participating in a new pilot program that aims to make the sciences more representative and welcoming to students from traditionally marginalized communities.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • February 27, 2023
Alexis Knaub ’06 is project manager for a new diversity program in the sciences