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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

Mission & Values

Student pointing to a collage of photos on her wall

The Office of Residence Life collaborates with students in the creation of inclusive residential communities that foster learning, personal growth and a sense of social responsibility.

Core Values

Communities Through Connections

Creating communities by fostering connections encourages students to reflect, explore and engage with the self and others to develop strong and meaningful relationships in and outside the houses through common interests, shared identities and learning experiences.


Total wellness takes a multidimensional approach to living that focuses on self-care and supporting the self-care efforts of others. We challenge students to develop positive habits through mindful reflection that encourages and supports physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, social and sexual health.


Learning is a continuous, active process of discovery that engages people in intentional inquiry and problem solving while seeking to understand in a collaborative context.

Social Justice

We are all multifaceted individuals with various and intersecting social identities. Healthy communities celebrate and honor differences and strive to be just and inclusive. Authentic inclusion requires us to challenge the systems of power and domination that keep us apart. We must learn to work across our differences to envision and create a better way of being in community together.

Adapted from “Developing a Liberatory Consciousness” by Dr. Barbara J. Love.

Educational Priority 

As a result of living on campus at Smith College, students will become global neighbors.

Learning Outcomes

Critical Awareness

Students in residence will become critically aware global neighbors. A critically aware global neighbor explores their self-identity through living in community, reflection, and challenging their own beliefs. Global neighbors listen, ask questions, take initiative, adapt, manage their emotional and physical health, are empathetic, and take responsibility for themselves and their actions. A global neighbor understands who they are, and has the ability to advocate for themselves and others.

Social Responsibility

Students in residence will become socially responsible global neighbors. A socially responsible global neighbor understands self and others’ identities as they relate to each other and community. Understanding one another will help develop tolerance, acceptance, and respect which are necessary so students from diverse identities can work toward one goal, collectively. Global neighbors understand their own power and privilege so they can better advocate, work towards equity, and understand their impact on their global communities.


Students in residence will become engaged global neighbors. An engaged global neighbor recognizes the value of interacting with others across differences. A global neighbor knows that this requires the ability to understand the challenges of the world, both in their residential community and into the world beyond it. In understanding and communicating within multiple contexts, a global neighbor also recognizes that conflict is a natural component and will advocate for self and others in order to advance their global communities.