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Support Resources and Self-Care

The following centers and spaces are available as resources for student support and self-care in times of distress or emotional discomfort.

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Contact: Matilda Cantwell, director/chaplain

Spaces available: Chapel (1st floor), Bodman Lounge (garden level), Blue Room (garden level), Wright Hall Prayer Room (Wright Hall, requires permission through Kim Alston)

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is a center of diverse cultural and religious learning and expression, spiritual development, hospitality and community engagement.

Offering:

Class Deans
College Hall
Contacts: Danielle Ramdath, senior class dean; Tina Wildhagen, sophomore class dean; Andrea Rossi-Reder, junior and Ada class dean; Jane Stangl, first year class dean

The Class Deans work with you to identify and clarify academic options and requirements, and we’ll help you when you have difficulties with your classes. They also oversee departmental honors, offer advice about transfer credits, communicate with faculty regarding extensions and suggest ways to resolve academic issues or problems.

Offering:

Jandon Center
Wright Hall Lower Level
Contact: Denys Candy, director

The Jandon Center engages faculty, students and community partners on social-change projects the tackle community-driven goals.

Offering:

Lewis Global Studies Center
Wright Hall
Contacts: Rebecca Hovey, director; Caitlin Szymkowicz, associate dean of international students and scholars; Lisa Johnson, assistant dean of international study

The Lewis Global Studies Center serves as a home base for international students, scholars, activists and visiting faculty and houses the International Study and International Students and Scholars Offices.

Offering:

Office of Disability Services
College Hall
Contact: Laura Rauscher, director

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) serves as a central point of information and coordination to ensure equal access and full participation for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities in all programs and activities at Smith College.

Offering:


Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
College Hall
Contacts: Amy Hunter, acting director and Title IX coordinator; L’Tanya Richmond, dean of multicultural affairs

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity supports the college’s belief that diversity in all aspects of the educational environment is necessary for achieving the highest level of academic excellence. It also responds to discrimination and misconduct related to Title IX, Title II and other bias.

Offering:

Office of Multicultural Affairs
Clark Hall
Contact: L’Tanya Richmond, dean

Spaces available: Student Lounge (Clark Hall 3rd floor), Mwangi Cultural Center (home of Unity organizations), Unity House (home of Unity organizations)

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to shaping a strong community among students of color while promoting an understanding of cultural diversity for the Smith community as a whole.

Offering:

Office for Student Engagement
Campus Center
Contact: Tamra Bates, director

Spaces available: Campus Center, cafe, student organization space, Student Government Association, gameroom, TV lounge,
Ada Lounge (Hopkins House lower level), Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender (Wesley House lower level)

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) helps students make intentional choices about their involvement, both in and out of the classroom, for a more meaningful Smith experience.

Offering:

Schacht Center for Health and Wellness
Contact: Pam McCarthy, director

Spaces available: Wellness Lounge (2nd floor) open 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday – Friday (academic year)

The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness provides accessible, professional medical, counseling and wellness education to Smith’s diverse population.

Offering:

Student Affairs
Clark Hall
Contacts: Julianne Ohotnicky, dean of students; Becky Shaw, associate dean of students; Marge Litchford, assistant dean of students

The student affairs division strives to engage the whole student in a process of self-discovery that prepares them to thrive in a complex and diverse global society. The departments within the division provide a variety of services, programs and activities.

Offering:

Wurtele Center for Leadership and Narratives Project
Clark Hall
Contact: Borjana Mikvic, associate dean for integrated learning; Jess Bacal, director of Narrative Project; Ana Devlin Gauthier, senior leadership coordinator; Rachel Simmons, leadership specialist

Spaces available: Lounge (Clark Hall 3rd floor)

The Wurtele Center for Leadership strives to help students realize their leadership potential, as well as discover the leadership that exists in everyday life. Through a variety of workshops, intensives, speakers and trainings, the Wurtele Center ensures that all students at Smith have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. The Narratives Project, with faculty and staff collaborators, generates interactive, face-to-face curricula that motivate students to deepen their knowledge of themselves, explore their passions and personal capacities, and articulate their values and goals.

Offering:

Resources for Undocumented Students

Safety Resources

If you witness or experience an act of intimidation, threat, coercion or other violence

Contact your local law enforcement

  • Smith College Campus Police
    On-campus emergency: dial 800 or use a campus emergency phone
    From your cell phone or off campus: dial 413-585-2490
  • Northampton PoliceĀ 
    911 or 413-587-1100
  • Amherst Police Department
    911 or (413) 259-3000
  • Amherst College PoliceĀ 
    (413) 542-2291
  • Holyoke Police Department
    911 or (413) 536-6431
  • Mount Holyoke College Police Department
    (413) 559-5424
  • Hampshire College
    (413) 538-2304

Walking Together

In the aftermath of the recent presidential election, students at Smith have expressed interest in a system where students can offer and request to walk with others. If you are interested in volunteering to walk with people or in finding people to walk with, please go to this link: http://tinyurl.com/j4kwaeo

If you are thinking about signing up to walk with others, please carefully read the following: 

  • When you meet the student you will be walking with, do not ask them why they asked you to walk with them. It is up to the person you are walking with to share this information with you if they want to. If a student wants to walk in silence, respect that and do not question them. Do not invalidate the feelings, including anger, that the student may express to you. Do not consider this an opportunity to excuse, explain or atone for the racism, ethnocentrism or anti-religious bias that students experience on this campus.
  • If a student reports behavior on your part that made them feel unsafe for any reason, you expressed hateful beliefs, were invasive, or invalidated their lived experiences while walking with them, the incident may be reported by the organizers through Smith’s bias reporting system. You will also be removed from the list.

Signs of Emotional Discomfort

Health problems caused or exacerbated by stress include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Weight problems
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Reproductive issues
  • Pain of any kind
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Cognitive and memory problems

Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Stress or Stress Overload

The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of chronic stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying

Emotional Symptoms

  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Other mental or emotional health problem

Physical Symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds or flu

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

What Self-Care Looks Like

Self-care is being attentive to your physical and mental needs and desires. Stay attuned and connected with yourself and participate in the activities that you need to be well.

What You Can Do

  • Acknowledge your feelings
  • Be sensitive and kind to your peers
  • Seek support
    • Please refer to the list of places that you can go for support, comfort and guidance
  • Discuss
    • Talk to people that you trust (friends, family, faculty, confidantes, spiritual leaders and advisors) but also be aware of how much conversation and “rehashing” that you can handle. Be kind to yourself and know when you need to step away from a conversation or refuse to engage.
  • Empower yourself through resistance
    • Channel hurt, anger, helplessness and hopelessness into social change activities.
    • Stay connected and draw support from your community

Methods of Self-Care

  • Self-monitor for signs of stress and trauma.
    • Recognize when you are under stress or feeling “unlike” your typical self.
    • Be open to feedback from others and take steps to regain your composure and space.
  • Unplug when necessary.
    • Unplug from media sources that cause you stress. You can stay informed without damaging your mental health.
    • Limit your exposure to triggers.
  • Refill your love cup by checking in with mentors, family and social groups.
  • Stay spiritually ground - engage in spiritual activities that feel right to you.
    • Prayer
    • Mindfulness
    • Connecting with higher powers
    • Breathe
  • Participate in activities that make you feel happy, relaxed and rested.
  • Exercise and spend time in nature