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Four students singing on stage at Otelia Cromwell Day

Heritage Month Celebrations

Heritage Months and Observances

What Are Heritage Months?

In the United States, Heritage Months are periods within the year that are designated to celebrate and acknowledge various ethnic and marginalized groups.
These are also significant opportunities that help us learn about various groups' histories and contributions to American History and understand our own cultures and identities as well as the cultures of others. 

Programs and Resources

Community of Color Mixer

The Community of Color Mixer is a kickoff event held at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. All new and returning Smithies of color are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the mixer is to provide a relaxed and informal venue for students of color to network, build community, reconnect with friends, and meet new peers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

This event commemorates the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and is made possible by the Mwangi Fund, which was established by the Smith College Class of 1987. The lecture happens on or around April 4th to promote awareness and appreciation of racial and ethnic diversity. This date marks the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MwangiTalks E-Newsletter

MwangiTalks is the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ weekly newsletter curated by the Mwangi Cultural Center student coordinators. The newsletter highlights upcoming events hosted by Unity organizations, resources and programs at Smith College, and opportunities for Smithies to share their stories.

Thriving in the Valley Resource Guide

Curated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Thriving in the Valley is a guide for Smithies of color to fully experience the Five College community in the Pioneer Valley.

Cromwell Day Symposia

Smith College annually honors the pioneering courage of its first African American graduate, Otelia Cromwell, class of 1900, and her niece Adelaide Cromwell ’40, the first African American professor appointed at Smith. The entire college gathers for workshops, lectures, films and performances that focus on the topics of racism, diversity and community.

Learn More About Cromwell Day