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The Inclusion Council was established in 2009. The council works with the vice president for equity and inclusion to promote and achieve Smith’s diversity and social justice goals. Membership includes faculty, staff and students from key constituencies on campus.



  • Jessica Gersony, Assistant Professor of Biological Studies
  • Jennifer Malkowski, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies
  • Marianne Yoshioka, Dean of the School for Social Work and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor
  • Mariyana Zapryanova, Assistant Professor of Economics 


  • Maria Held, Senior Director of Class Engagement and Philanthropic Support, Office of Alumnae Relations and Development
  • Corey Lynch, Environmental Health and Safety Manager
  • Kelsey Parks Smith, Instructional Coordinator, Jandon Center for Community Engagement 
  • Laura Rauscher, Disability Services Director
  • L'Tanya Richmond, Dean of Multicultural Affairs
  • Ash Sabripour, Assistant Director of Admission and Outreach
  • Barbara Solow, Assistant Director, College Relations
  • Janet Spongberg, Circulation Coordinator, Libraries 
  • Stacey Steinbach, Assistant Director for Development, Residence Life
  • Deborah Wijnhoven, Associate Director, Lazarus Center for Career Development; Director of Employer Relations


  • Anna Gullace '25
  • Mia Hwang AC
  • Lissie Lu '26
  • Betty Pu '24
  • Giovanna Rocchio '23 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Inclusion Council is to offer grounded perspectives on how inclusion, diversity and equity -- inherent in the relationships, practices and activities of students, staff and faculty -- are playing out at Smith College. The members of the council shall advise the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion on what’s working well and how the College can improve.