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Center for Religious & Spiritual Life
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2750
Fax: (413) 585-2794

The Center for Religious & Spiritual Life is located at 123-125 Elm Street, on the corner of Elm Street and Round Hill Road. You must park on the street before 5 p.m. or you will be ticketed by Campus Police.

Jennifer Walters

Dean of Religious Life

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Jennifer L. Walters is Associate Dean of the College for Community Life and Dean of Religious Life. She began her career in higher education as a mediator and advocate at Michigan State and later at the University of Michigan (UM) where she served as the University Ombudsperson. At UM, she co-taught a multi-cultural health education at the School of Public Health and inter-group dialogue in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Prior to her work in higher education, Jennifer worked for over a decade as an HIV educator, counselor, organizer, and program director at Fenway Community Health Center (now Fenway Health). She was a co-founder of the first New England conferences on women and AIDS and the first health and wellness programs for people with HIV.

At Smith, Jennifer has served as the acting director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the Center for Community Collaboration. She is co-director with Jessica Bacal of the Women's Narratives Project in the Wurtele Center for Work and Life. She is also a partner with the directors of the new Steinem Initiative to connect academics and activists to propel women's movements for social justice. She is involved in developing new approaches to integrative learning using storytelling, reflection, and narrative writing.

Jennifer has degrees from Marquette University, Boston College, Michigan State University, and the Episcopal Divinity School. She is ordained in the Episcopal Church.

Open Hours:
Fridays, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Or by appointment

Call (413) 585-2753 or email jwalters@smith.edu to make an appointment.

Matilda Cantwell

Interfaith Fellow

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Reverend Matilda Rose Cantwell is the Senior Interfaith Fellow at the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Currently she is working with CRSL to promote its Justice, Identity and Social Change theme, and collaborating with others to undergird and rejuvenate social justice work with contemplative and reflective practices. She works with various religious and non-religious student organizations on campus and especially enjoys both her collective and one on one conversation with students. She serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Smith School for Social Work and teaches in the SSW Continuing Education Program. She was a Shapley Booth Fellow for the 2014 Institute for Religion in the Age of Science conference where she presented a paper entitled Beyond "Belief:" Shifting the Discourse on Religion in Higher Education and Beyond. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies from Lewis and Clark College, an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work, and an MDiv from Yale Divinity School.

Maureen Raucher

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Program Coordinator

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Maureen is a program coordinator for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She has worked at Smith since 2002 and now advises student religious orgs on funding, event planning, and logistics. Maureen supervises and manages Center programs and events, acting as the building liaison with students groups, college departments, and public program planners. She supports the Dean of Religious Life, the Steinem Initiative, and Smith's community religious advisors. Maureen has a BS from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kim Alston

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Program Coordinator

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Kim Alston is a program coordinator for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She is responsible for coordinating programs, events and activities for the Center and supporting student organizations, faculty, staff, the Steinem initiative, community groups and religious advisors in collaborative partnerships. She focuses on logistics, project management, event planning and marketing. Prior to coming to Smith, Kim worked as a newspaper manager, a staff reporter, public affairs manager and non-profit administrator. She attended Boston University and received her MPA from Clark University. She is member of the College's Inclusion Council and served this year as co-chair of the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee.

Anne White

Student Aid Society

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Anne White has worked for the Smith Student's Aid Society since 1999. Her passion for stories led her to become a classics major at the University of Massachusetts, with a concentration in myth.

Among her interests, White is a regular moviegoer, an avid reader and enjoys knitting in her spare time. Because of her lifelong interest in nutrition and fitness, she enjoys cooking, daily walks and strength training.

Grant Moss

College Organist

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Grant Russell Moss is a Senior Lecturer in music and has served since 1983 as Organist to the College. A Nebraska native, Moss is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and holds the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale University. He has appeared as soloist at summer organ festivals in Methuen (MA) and Round Lake (NY), the Great Organ Music at Yale series, and in concerto performances with all of the Five College orchestras as well as the Springfield Symphony and the Pioneer Valley Symphony. As accompanist, he has toured many times with the Smith Chamber Singers. In addition to his duties as teacher of organ, piano and harpsichord, he is conductor of the Smith handbell choir.