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Upper Elm Street

Upper Elm has the greatest range in architectural design and house size. Most of the houses are close to downtown. Capen is a beautiful residence with an equally stunning flower garden. Gillett and Northrop house first-year students through seniors and Ada Comstock scholars, and they both are home to vegetarian/vegan-dining halls. Talbot and Lamont are larger Upper Elm residences, and Lamont has a gazebo-style dining hall. Parsons and Parsons Annex are only a short walk from Capen, and they share residential life staff and a house council.

Area Coordinator

Kiara (Kia) Brown

office First floor of Chase House
email Send an e-mail
phone (413) 585-6970

Kia Brown, Upper Elm Street Area CoordinatorKia comes to Smith from Manhattanville College and has also worked at Cedar Crest College and the University of the Arts. She has over ten years of professional experience in student affairs, including ten years in residence life and five years in student activities.

What are your open hours?
I hold open hours on Monday from 10-11am and on Tuesday from 2-4pm.

What are your professional interests?
My passion is in engaging the individual student, both in teaching and learning from every interaction. I believe every student has a story, rich with history, passion and interests. I seek to find the truth in every student's story to help them achieve to their fullest potential. I also have a strong interest in creating enriching activities and events to support continued learning, development of leadership skills, relationship building and most importantly, fun!

What are your personal interests?
Most folks who know me quickly realize that my passion for Disney is deep and extensive. I am a frequent traveler to Disney Parks and maintain a continual countdown until my next Disney adventure. I also love to travel (to non-Disney locales as well), create arts & craft, volunteer and I am an avid bargain shopper!

What is your education background?
I earned a bachelor's degree at Muhlenberg College with a major in mathematics and women's studies.

Where did you grow up?
I will always call Baltimore, MD, where I was born and raised for 18 years home. I have also grown and spent time in Westchester, NY, Allentown, PA and Philadelphia, PA before setting up a permanent home in Northampton.

What are your two favorite places on campus?
I really enjoy spending time in the botanic garden and greenhouse on campus. It is a perfect place to escape the chaos of campus life by surrounding oneself with natural beauty. Also, it is historically important to me as well as it connects me with my NY roots and the history of Fredrick Law Olmsted, who is most famously known for Central Park's landscape, and who also designed a beautiful home I lived in for many years in NY.