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Lower Elm Street, minutes from downtown Northampton, is a diverse area comprising houses as well as apartments. Albright and Baldwin have front porches where students like to lounge on warm days. Chase has single rooms, is home to the Substance-Free community, and shares an elevator with Duckett House. Duckett is one of the smallest and oldest houses on campus. Ada Comstock Scholars, who are nontraditional-aged students, reside in many of the other Lower Elm buildings.

Area Coordinator

Rob Simmons

office First floor of Chase House
email Send an e-mail
phone (413) 585-2237

Robert (or Rob) came to Smith College in 2017 after living abroad in France. He has three years of professional experience in student affairs administration, residence life and social justice education.

What are your open hours?
My open hours are on Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30pm and Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30pm.

What are your professional interests?
I'm interested in building relationships with and within communities and institutions and working collaboratively with the spectrum of stakeholders in thinking about how to use dialogue and a critical pedagogy in our efforts to realize demands and needs that we seek at individual, cultural and institutional levels.

What are your personal interests?
I'm interested in music, rollerskating, traveling, literary criticism, queer studies, language acquisition and liberation studies and praxis.

What is your education background?
In 2011, I received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Africana Studies from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. In 2015, I received a Master of Education in Social Justice Education in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Most recently, I lived in Paris, France for a year and a half pursuing a Masters of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy at the American Graduate School in Paris. 

Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in central Jersey in a complicated and beautiful place called Trenton, New Jersey. 

What are your two favorite places on campus?
So far, I love the Neilson Library and my office.