The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) helps students make intentional decisions about their involvement, both in and out of the classroom, for a more meaningful Smith experience. We encourage students to engage in learning without limits by creating and encouraging opportunities for involvement that will help them connect to Smith and the global community.
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Complementing the academic mission of the college, the Office of Student Engagement is committed to integrating student learning in all its forms, facilitating student development and embracing opportunities for meaningful engagement. Through its activities, facilities and services, the Office of Student Engagement serves as a valuable resource, providing and promoting opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, co-curricular involvement, intellectual inquiry, social and environmental responsibility and the valuing of difference in all forms.
Our mission is to provide opportunities for equitable and inclusive student engagement, growth, and development to foster the strongest community for Smith College and the world.
If you need accommodations to fully participate in your student engagement experience, please reach out to the Office of Student Engagement to make your request.
Values That Guide Our Work
The Office of Student Engagement assists students in making intentional decisions about their in and out of class involvement for a more meaningful Smith experience. Together with our learning outcomes, these core values are integral to our success.
The OSE embraces diversity in all its forms, including the multiple identities of ethnicity, race, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion and socioeconomic status, as well as every aspect of our life that defines our humanity. Our commitment to social justice refers to the intentional and consistent valuing, respecting and inclusion of all people and development of an environment where this is possible.
As educators, the OSE staff is committed to providing intentional learning opportunities and assessing best practices. We encourage student responsibility, creativity, accountability, personal and professional growth, and development.
Our staff is committed to finding and creating opportunities for all students to interact with their community according to their interests, strengths, activities and curiosities. We provide an experience exemplifying a consistent commitment to quality by exceeding community expectations in our programs, facilities and services. Through programs, facilities and staff interactions, we embrace the opportunity to collaborate with our community for the successful completion of their goals and initiatives.
The Smith College Campus Center offers space and resources for students, faculty and staff to experience joy, have fun, be well and grow. Housed within the Campus Center, the OSE is dedicated to supporting the community's use of the space for programs and events, to practice balance, and to relax and reconnect with one another in meaningful ways.
Through involvement with the OSE, students will:
- Report growth in their own confidence, decision making, conflict resolution and/or interpersonal communication and their sense of belonging to the college campus through participation in a student organization.
- Identify ways in which they contribute to an efficient and effective team as employees of the OSE.
- Develop an understanding of the role that the student engagement hub plays in developing a healthy, vibrant and just community.
Developed in the spring of 2021, the Blueprint for Belonging is the student engagement education model which guides the learning that happens through involvement and a student’s engagement in life outside of the classroom. The Blueprint was developed to allow us to be more intentional with regard to the learning we create and support for the students in our community and allow us as professionals, to strengthen partnerships across campus. The Blueprint starts with the end in mind - determine what we want students to learn and develop learning goals and outcomes that help them get there. This model encourages students to be the author of their own stories, to embrace their role as community builders, and help them to determine who they are in the world and how they want to engage.
As a professional team, the Blueprint will help shape our year in advising, in programming and in student employment. Thinking critically about what we do and how we talk about our work, will help us focus on what we have determined as important components of building a strong community. No longer holding on to programs because of history, the Blueprint will allow us to shape our engagement framework, helping students map their involvement across the College and delivering on a more inclusive, engaged and equitable student experience.
Student employment is more than a paycheck when you work for the Office of Student Engagement. It's about fostering your personal and professional growth, increasing your marketable skills and preparing for work outside of Smith College. It's a leadership experience you choose to fit your needs.
OSE SET, Student Engagement Team
Our OSE Student Engagment Team works with our professional staff to manage and support events, program and respond to customer's need in the Campus Center. Our SET is responsible for staffing the Information Desk, taking care of room furniture and technical needs for meetings and events, staffing the CC 106 main office helping with treasurer support and project management and supporting and staffing all OSE programming initiaties. Open positions will be posted on Workday.
OSE PET, Party & Events Team
The Party & Events Team is a spot job created to cover special events, including parties in both the Campus Center and in the Houses. Students will be trained on party and event management and must be willing to work nights and weekends. Open positions will be posted on Workday.
The Campus Center is the crossroads of community at Smith. The open design creates a vibrant and welcoming environment for all members of the college and the greater Northampton community. Its central location, glass walls and large windows blur the boundaries between inside and outside, student and faculty, college and town. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee at the Campus Center Café, browse the Smith Bookstore, stop by Mail Services or reserve a meeting room. We provide an accessible, clean, safe and secure center for all members of our community to meet, study and relax.
At nearly 60,000 square feet and with a central location, the Campus Center offers a flexible meeting and venue space for the entire Smith community.
The Campus Center opens out onto Chapin Lawn, where you'll find students and visitors relaxing, eating lunch and enjoying a wide variety of activities.
The main level of the Campus Center offers a skylit concourse that provides an inviting spot to sit, study, eat and converse. This level features the Campus Center Café, the Goldstein Lounge, the Nolen Art Lounge and the Office of Student Engagement.
The Campus Center Café offers a wide variety of food and beverages with a focus on using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.
The Goldstein Lounge, home of the Campus Center Book Nook, provides a great space for relaxing around the fireplace or sitting in a wing-back chair reading a favorite novel.
The second floor of the Campus Center offers meeting spaces for departments, groups and student organizations. The Resource Room (Room 203), Student Government Association (Room 206), Student Kitchen, the Swymer Lounge and Wilson Atrium are located on this upper level.
The large, maple-paneled Carroll Room is the venue for a wide variety of events, from banquets and lecture-style presentations to social gatherings.
Campus Center Summer Hours
The Campus Center will be open:
Monday 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The OSE coordinates and reserves Campus Center meeting spaces, equipment and support services for campus departments, groups and student organizations. Spaces must be reserved through the 25Live Reservation System by offices and departments. Student organizations should reserve space through the Smith Social Network Event Registration process which will automatically book their space in the 25Live system. Please allow three business days for processing a space request. All reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. The required time for setup and breakdown will be figured into your reservation time by the scheduler.
Organizations, offices and departments may only reserve two meeting rooms and the Carroll Room or three meeting rooms without the Carroll Room for their event or program. The entire building cannot be booked for one event. Reservations will only be confirmed one semester in advance. Requests for events not affiliated with or sponsored by Smith must be coordinated through Summer Programs and Conferences.
Chapin Lawn Display
The Chapin Lawn display is an exhibit space for the college community to display various forms of art and program and event materials. Shepherd's hooks with a line to affix exhibits will be set up according to the amount of space required for program materials, which will be determined through an event consultation with OSE administrative staff.
Nolen Art Lounge
The Nolen Art Lounge is a versatile, light-filled gallery space. With its adjustable lighting, moving walls and free-standing pedestals, it allows us to constantly change the look of Nolen as well as accommodate many different artistic mediums, including two- and three- dimensional art, movie screenings and dance performances.
Nolen exhibitions are by application only. Applications for Fall 2022 should be submitted on this Google Form by March 12th, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed by the OSE, and accepted exhibitions will be confirmed over email by April 15th. Questions regarding Nolen should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art Wall
Reservations may not exceed 16 days and must be reserved for a minimum of four days. Included within the 16-day reservation period are setup and takedown days. This means that an exhibit will be online for viewing for a period of 14 days with the first day of the reservation designated for setup and the final day for takedown.
Rooms 003, 102, 103/104, 204 & 205
The Campus Center has several spaces that are equipped with a laptop, screen and projection equipment. Please request this equipment as a resource on your online reservation so it will be set up and ready for your use upon arrival.
This large, maple-paneled room can seat people comfortably around round tables for a banquet, lecture style for presentations or cleared out for a dance party. This room has a podium, a blackout shade for the large windows and acoustic curtains lining one wall to make your event look and sound just as you wish. Assisted listening devices are availabe. Various room setups are available.
This space can comfortably hold 25 people for an event. It is ideal for small bands, coffee house events, mixers, etc. All furniture stays in the room, but can moved to accommodate a small stage. There is house lighting for performances in this space.
The Davis Ballroom, while not in the Campus Center, is managed by the OSE. This room can accommodate large dinners or parties. Capacities vary from 150 to 300. All setups are managed through facilities management. Technical requests will be handled by ETS or the OSE Support Team based on the requested needs. Student event staffing will be determined and provided by the Campus Center.
All Chapin Lawn reservations are restricted to the lawn itself and may not breach the "drip line" or mulched spaces beneath tress located on the lawn. There are limited electrical/power resources in and around the lawn, although additional power may be coordinated through facilities management after the space reservation has been submitted. Staking into the lawn is restricted to avoid damage to the lawn's sprinkler system.
Chapin Lawn Display
Chapin Lawn display is an exhibit space for the college community to display various forms of art and program and event materials. Shepherd's hooks with a line to affix exhibits will be set up according to the amount of space required for program materials, which will be determined through an event consultation with OSE administrative staff.
Chapin deck comprises the two large concrete and granite "steps" before you enter Chapin Lawn. All Chapin deck reservations are restricted to the deck itself and will not exceed the deck space. There are limited electrical/power resources in and around the deck space, although additional power may be coordinated through facilities management after the space reservation has been submitted. Staking into the lawn is restricted to avoid damage to the lawn's sprinkler system.
Davis Lawn is the area directly in front of Davis and is surround by a fence. Setups are coordinated through the events management office in collaboration with facilities management after the space reservation has been submitted. There is no electrical power on the lawn, although power may be supplied by facilities management after the space reservation has been submitted. Staking into Davis Lawn is permitted.
Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender
The Resource Center for Sexuality & Gender (RCSG) provides educational programming and activities in support of all interested students, faculty and staff, and acts as a campus resource and communication center for meetings, programming and educational materials. The lending library is open to students and the Five College community. All students have access to the center with their Smith OneCard between 8 a.m. and midnight. Students, organizations, departments and offices may reserve the room to host programs focused on topics of gender and sexuality.
Students, faculty and staff may reserve one of several available vending tables in the Campus Center during the academic year. Vending table reservations are limited to a maximum of three consecutive days. Vending tables can be moved outdoors to the Chapin deck when the weather permits and space is available.
The Smith College Campus Center is open to Smith students, faculty and staff as well as guests, including those from the local community who are attending registered meetings or functions or simply seeking a place to relax.
Decorations & Equipment
The Campus Center requires advance notice of any non-Campus Center equipment that will be brought into the facility. This includes tables, chairs, rental equipment and decorations. You must provide a list of equipment and decorations to the Office of Student Engagement seven days before the event. Helium balloons are not permitted in the Campus Center as they may interfere with the fire detection system.
Food & Beverages
Per the Dining Services policy, food, beverages and refreshments for events in the Campus Center must be ordered and purchased through the Campus Center Café. If using an outside caterer, you must obtain written permission from the cafe manager 10 days before the event; a copy of the permission must be sent to the Office of Student Engagement, Campus Center 106. If permission is granted, a contract between the outside caterer and sponsoring Smith organization must be on file in the OSE before the event takes place.
All reservation setups must be requested with a 25 live space reservation. If you would like to move furniture for your event after the request has been submitted, please seek assistance from the OSE Support Team. If we are able to accommodate the request, furniture will be moved.
The Campus Center has very limited storage space available for event materials. Storage will depend on space availability and is provided for Campus Center events only. The Office of Student Engagement staff must approve all requests for storage no fewer than seven days before the scheduled event. Event organizers should have materials delivered just before their event and removed immediately upon its conclusion. Event sponsors are responsible for moving stored items to the event location on the day of the event. All materials remaining in the Campus Center will be discarded no later than two days after an event has concluded. The OSE staff and Smith College are not responsible for items stored within the facility.
Students, faculty and staff may reserve vending tables in the Campus Center while school is in session. Vending table reservations are limited to a maximum of three consecutive days. If you wish to use the wireless OneCard machine, please request this when you register your event on the Social Network. There is a monthly charge of 5% of your total sales to use the machine. Students: If your vending reservation involves any exchange of money, you must obtain a cashbox from the Office of Student Engagement, room 106, and return it to the office by the end of the day. Cashboxes cannot be held overnight. Vending tables can be moved outdoors to the Chapin deck when the weather permits and space is available.
Members of the Smith community (students, faculty and staff) are allowed to advertise Smith College events by hanging banners in the Campus Center. All banners must be approved by the Office of Student Engagement and will be hung by facility staff on Monday by 12 noon. Any banners not dropped off by the 12 noon deadline will not be hung. Unauthorized banners will be removed. No more than 14 banners will be hung at any given time, except those for special all-college events. Banners must be picked up on the Tuesday after removal from CC 106; banners not picked up within 24 hours will be discarded.
Chalking is not permitted on the concrete entrance pathways and/or granite Campus Center steps; chalking may be done only on asphalt roads and walkways. You may only use erasable chalk (grease-based chalk is not permitted), and each chalking must be signed with the full name of the person or group responsible. Other individuals or groups within the community may not add to the chalkings or remove them. College administration may remove all chalkings in any specific area of campus. The Smith College policy on chalking can be found in the Smith College Student Handbook.
The Campus Center will provide easels for posters to publicize your event. These are available on the day of the event only and will be placed in the building at the discretion of the Office of Student Engagement staff. Please mount sign(s) on poster board for easy display on the easels. Event organizers are responsible for providing sign(s).
Materials and items can be posted only on the Campus Center cork bulletin boards located on the garden and main levels. Items posted on any other part of the building—including walls, rails, beams, glass, doors and restrooms—will be removed. These policies are intended to protect the facility from damage and to avoid placement of posted items that may create a safety hazard. All bulletin boards in the building will be cleared every Sunday. Please note: Suction cups and blue tape will be provided upon request with a valid space reservation for use in meeting spaces.
The consumption of alcohol is not permitted in the Smith College Campus Center except when sold and/or served by Smith College dining services in an approved area. You may not bring alcohol into the facility for any reason. All events and individuals must comply with college policies and state laws governing the use of alcohol.
During the academic year, all bicycles on campus must be parked or stored in a bicycle rack. Bicycles may not be secured to fire hydrants, trees, parking signs, fences, stairwells, ramps (handicap and/or other), or in the egress path of any building. Bicycles may not be stored in student rooms. Bikes may not be walked through or brought into any meeting room in the Campus Center.
At the conclusion of each academic year, all bicycles left on exterior bicycle racks will be removed and donated. For a full description of the Smith College Bicycle Policy please refer to the Student Handbook.
Open flames and the burning of incense are prohibited in the Campus Center for fire safety. Candles may be used provided the flame of the candle is completely contained in an enclosed nonflammable container (e.g., glass votives). Helium balloons are not permitted in the Campus Center as they may interfere with the fire detection system.
Fireworks, Firearms, Explosives or Weapons
Weapons or explosives of any kind are prohibited on campus in accordance with Massachusetts State Law and college policy. Anyone who sees an individual carrying a weapon should notify Campus Police immediately.
The Campus Center requires that all visitors must be fully clothed and wearing shoes at all times while utilitizing the facility.
Roller Skating and/or Skateboarding
Roller Skating and/or Skateboarding is not permitted in the Campus Center or any entrance, staircase or handicapped ramp in or around the building.
The Campus Center only permits service animals in the building. No pets or support animals of any kind are permitted.
Smoking is not permitted in the Campus Center in compliance with the Smith College smoking policy and the Massachusetts Clean Indoor Air Act. This smoking ban extends to the outside deck of the Carroll Room, vestibules between doors and the Campus Center Café deck. Smoking is not permitted within 20 feet of any college facility, including the Campus Center.
SolicitationThe Smith College Solicitation Policy, Section 107
Solicitation, canvassing and leafleting on college premises are limited in accordance with the guidelines outlined below. The policy is not intended to infringe on the rights of members of the college as individuals to freely express and exchange views and to associate with others. Rather, the policy is intended to ensure the continuity of college work and operations; to avoid the misuse of college facilities or resources in ways which would impair its nonprofit, nonsectarian, independent and nonpolitical status; and to preserve both the fact and the appearance of the college's impartiality.
See also the college's Political & Campaign Activities Policy.
College employees may not engage in solicitation or canvassing of any kind, including solicitation for membership or subscriptions, during working time. In addition, employees may not distribute leaflets or written materials of any kind during working time or at any time in work areas, or in areas where distribution of such materials disrupts services. Working time means the time employees are actually engaged in work and does not include authorized meal time or break time.
Employees may not use their college positions or the college's facilities, letterhead, communications media (including campus or electronic mail) or other resources for purposes of political or other solicitation or canvassing.
The president may provide an exception to permit the use of college staff time and resources for canvassing for contributions, and the use of voluntary payroll withholding, to collect for charitable, educational, or related programs (standing approval has been given for United Way and Service Organizations of Smith), or for programs directly sponsored by the college.
Non-college individuals, groups or organizations are not permitted to engage in solicitation of any kind, nor may they distribute written material of any kind on college property, except as provided for in official contractual or purchase order arrangements or as explicitly authorized by the controller's office.
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Supported by the Student Government Association and overseen by the Office of Student Engagement, clubs and organizations provide hundreds of educational and social opportunities throughout the year for members of the Smith, Five College and local communities. From membership to chair positions, involvement in an organization is a valuable part of a student’s leadership development. Fencing, chorus, debate, theater, cultural exploration, spirituality and education—no matter your passion, Smith has an organization to meet your needs. With more than 140 student-run clubs and organizations, there is something for everyone.
The Community Service Organization engages students in community service and social action projects.
Ice Hockey promotes community, teamwork and sportsmanship on and off the ice for all team members.
The American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Club allows students to learn and develop signing skills.
Students for Food Justice works to create a more fair, environmentally sound, local and moral food system.
The Society of Women Engineers encourages women to achieve their potential as engineers and leaders.
Members of the Investment Club manage and invest an endowment of more than $100,000 for the college.
A legacy of community starts with a moment of connection. The Office of Student Engagement is excited to launch Find Your Fit, a new matching program designed to help new and returning students get involved, connect and lead in the roughly 130 clubs and organizations Smith students run on our campus.
Email Melanie Laurin at email@example.com to set up a match-up: a personal consultation that will try to match you with involvement opportunities based on your interest and find your fit!
From cultural shows to large-scale concerts, dance parties to coffeehouses and protests to student conferences, there is a program for everyone. The OSE seeks to empower and engage students and provide them with the support and resources necessary to be full members of the Smith and global communities.
First Week, offered at the beginning of each semester, is a series of programs designed to connect new students and reconnect returning students to the Smith community and campus resources.
Smith 2 Do. As part of the Stress-Free Saturday Series, Smith 2 Do offers a late-night DIY programming option in an alcohol-free environment where students can participate in fun activities while making connections across campus.
Get creative! Wander into the Nolen Art Lounge to discover creative, innovative and globally focused visual art exhibits curated by a student program coordinator. Enjoy student art exhibits and film screenings, spontaneous art nights, dance performances, alumnae artist exhibitions and more.
Smithies @ Play. Part of Stress-Free Saturdays in the Campus Center TV Lounge, Smithies @ Play provides opportunities for students to game, take part in competitions and tournaments, and enjoy an evening together simply playing.
Stress-Free in the CC. This series of programs is aimed at helping students relax and take a break from studying during high-stress times throughout the academic year. Activities include The Stress-Free Zone, Spontaneous Art Lounge, Surprise Snack Wagon and The Stress-Free Lounge.
Smith Votes is an initiative aimed at boosting civic engagement on campus. A partnership between the Student Government Association, the President’s Office, the Office of Student Engagement, the Wurtele Center for Leadership and the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Smith Votes intends to increase the number of students on campus who are registered to vote, to help inform students about candidates and issues, and to foster voting in local, state and national elections. Follow Smith Votes on Facebook, Instagram and the Smith Social Network.