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Mission & Values

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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.


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The Compass | Smith College
Residence Education Model

The Compass, Smith College’s residence education model, guides the learning that happens for residential students within Smith College houses. A model deeply based in the institutional mission, the Compass strives to help students achieve learning goals with measurable outcomes.