Begun in 1970 as a program for African American students entering Smith, Bridge now welcomes first year and transfer students who demonstrate a commitment to creating and maintaining culturally inclusive communities.
Bridge provides opportunities for finding mentors, friends, resources and a community—all during the first semester at Smith.
Through a variety of interactive student-led seminars and group activities, participants share their perspectives and listen to those of their peers to better understand and appreciate their similarities and differences.
Interterm 2024 Bridge Program
Information about the Bridge Interterm program and how to register will be sent to students at their Smith email addresses and announced in the online newsletter, MwangiTalks, following autumn recess.
Our faculty and administrative staff provide incoming students with an experience that is engaging, thought-provoking, exciting, rewarding, meaningful and fun—and that will help make their first year at Smith a success.
Bridge participants attend lively presentations that explore the various dimensions of leadership. Seminar titles have included "Treasures to Success," "Finding the Activist in You," "(Un)Speakable Truths," “SENSEsational Expressions” and "Leadership: The Power of Our Presence." Social activities have included Zumba, nature walks, karaoke, talent showcase, women’s empowerment performances, cultural forums and visits to local eateries and shops.
During Bridge a number of faculty members and knowledgeable staff members offer seminars that allow Bridge participants to experience the academic environment in a friendly setting and develop contacts with faculty and staff, as well as learn something interesting.
Our trained and experienced Bridge leaders are professional, multi-ethnic and dedicated to offering a quality program. Student staff members are selected for their leadership experience and enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, ability to balance multiple responsibilities and strong desire to work with incoming students of color. The ratio of student staff to Bridge participants is approximately 1 to 5.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate in Bridge?
Bridge welcomes applications from new incoming students who are residents of the United States.
Why should I participate in Bridge?
Bridge will give you a chance to find mentors, friends, resources and a community. It bridges the gap of familiarity between the old and the new, helping new students find a home at Smith.