If you ask people name their favorite aspects of life at Smith, chances are that they’ll say "the community." With a diverse student population from all 50 states and countries around the world, and faculty and staff members from all walks of life, the Smith community is one of acceptance, inclusion, and celebration. Three offices across campus—the Office for Equity & Inclusion, the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs—together form the Equity & Inclusion Team, working together to ensure community members of all backgrounds can live, work, and study happily and authentically with the support and resources they need.
Equity & Inclusion
Hearts. Minds. Systems. That’s what we get to work on in the Office for Equity and Inclusion. Through individual and community engagement, we reach hearts. Through inclusive education and programming, we nourish minds. Through institutional change and collaborations across the college, we realign systems. All of this is in the service of improving and enriching the educational and work experience of everyone at Smith—students, staff and faculty.
Religious & Spiritual Life
The Smith Center for Religious & Spiritual Life offers guidance and pastoral care through a lens of mutuality and exploration, and we collaborate to respond with grace and courage to the events that threaten to disrupt our lives. We are invested in what Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and others before him called the “beloved community,” a dynamic vision in which the worth, dignity and promise of each human is honored and in which we strive to live as stewards of the earth and its creatures.
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. The office emphasizes the interests and needs of those who identify as students of color, beginning with the first-year pre-orientation program, Bridge. The Office of Multicultural Affairs staff is committed to providing guidance and advocacy for students of color navigating their Smith experience.
Meet Dean Richmond
L’Tanya Richmond, M.A., Dean of Multicultural Affairs
Dean Richmond is responsible for the strategic leadership, vision and management of multicultural affairs. She is devoted to programs and policies that maximize student personal development and academic excellence opportunities. Dean Richmond oversees the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, Emergency Fund, the Mwangi Fund and all multicultural student-directed services.