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Portrait of Otelia Cromwell

Finding Joy on Our Journey to Racial Justice

Cromwell Day—dedicated to reflection and education about diversity, racism, and inclusion, both on-campus and off—is November 2. Join us in celebrating and honoring Otelia Cromwell 1900, Smith’s first African American graduate, and her niece, Adelaide Cromwell ’40, the first African American professor appointed at the college.

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Smith, in the Moment


Supreme Lessons

Nicole Teo ’24J talks about her experience interning at the nation’s highest court.

  • Students
  • October 25, 2023
Nicole Teo standing outside of the Supreme Court
Campus Life

Mum Show Opening Lecture

Prof. Colin Hoag will explore Sylvia Plath's metaphor of the bell jar, Friday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. ...

  • Campus Life
  • October 24, 2023
Detail from poster for Bell Jars exhibit at Lyman

Responding to Grief: A Message from President Willie-LeBreton

As students and faculty returned to campus from Fall Recess, I shared this letter with them. My primary responsibility and concern is the well-being of our campus community. The painful and devastating violence in Israel and Gaza demands that we provide emotional support and safety for our students, staff, and faculty, and deserves the response a college campus can offer—study, analysis, dialogue, even disagreement. In this moment, Jewish and Palestinian students, staff, and faculty, in particular, are experiencing grief, fear, pain, and anger. I call on every member of our community to hold space for them.

A Culture of Curiosity

Isa Pereira-Tosado ’25

Biochemistry major

“Knowledge at Smith is accumulated through community. Every student is allowed to pursue an academic path unique to them.”


Julianne Ohotnicky

Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students

“Exploration and engagement are foundational to the Smith experience.”


Aaron Kamugisha

Ruth J. Simmons Professor of Africana Studies

“After 15 years living and working in the Caribbean, I was interested in uncovering different intellectual possibilities.”


Sabrina Brier ’17

Actor & Writer

“It’s important to always put yourself into environments where you can really be you.”