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The Office of Alumnae Relations and Development welcomes you to “Stay Connected to Smith,” where you can explore the vibrant tapestry of Smith’s academic, cultural, and social initiatives. Here, you’ll find a wealth of engaging content, from thought-provoking lectures to insightful articles and impactful student projects, all to keep you connected, informed, and inspired.

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  • Meet Sarah Willie-LeBreton, the 12th president of Smith College.
    • The inauguration of President Willie-LeBreton celebrates the powerful role a Smith education plays in creating a better world.
    • In a letter to the Smith community, President Willie-LeBreton shared two themes that are important to her: joy and community. “This year, I’ll be looking for ways to create and contribute to our community, and I encourage you to do the same,” she wrote.
  • A new building will house the Lazarus Center for Career Development and the Wurtele Center for Leadership.
  • The Smith 2035 Vision Statement forms a framework for pondering how the college’s future will unfold in relation to trends and challenges, known and unknown, in society, culture and higher education.

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Smith Joy Mosaic

Exploring Joy

Created in celebration of President Sarah Willie-LeBreton’s inauguration, this mosaic of the Grécourt Gates displays all the ways members of the Smith community find joy.

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  • Benita Jackson, professor of psychology, is co-author of Neighborhood eviction trajectories and odds of moderate and serious psychological distress during pregnancy among African American women, published in March in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The work explores how high neighborhood eviction rates affect the mental health of Black mothers.
  • Daphne Lamothe, professor of Africana studies and Smith’s next provost, is the author of Black Time and the Aesthetic Possibility of Objects (University of North Carolina Press), a work analyzing the cultural power of Black global art.
  • German Alvarado, director of culinary services at Smith, has been appointed to the board of Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, a regional nonprofit that works to strengthen farms and engage the community in building a local food economy.
  • Loretta Ross, associate professor of the study of women and gender, appeared as a commentator in an MSNBC documentary film The Story of Cancel Culture. The film, produced by Trevor Noah, aired in April. Ross is also the recipient of a $25,000 grant award from the New York Women’s Foundation for “The Smith College Initiative for Human Rights and Democracy.”
  • Aaron Kamugisha, Ruth J. Simmons Professor of Africana Studies, has been named a 2024–25 National Humanities Center Fellow. He is one of 31 scholars chosen from 491 applicants this year to receive fellowships for research projects in the humanities. Kamugisha’s project is titled “Bewildering Coloniality: Austin Clarke and the Twentieth Century Black Atlantic World.”
  • Dining services chef Christine Depault represented Smith at the National Association of College and Food Services culinary competition in April in Buffalo. She received a Bronze Medal for her pan-seared branzino topped with lemon herb vinaigrette over seared shrimp and bulgur salad, cauliflower and leek puree.
  • Check out Smith Executive Education to enroll in women’s leadership programs.

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Smithies Create

Smith Arts Day

In April, the Smith Office for the Arts presented the first Smith Arts Day, a day-long celebration of the college’s artistic and creative community, bringing the arts together—across disciplines and across campus.

Featured at Festivals

La Mer, a play by Ayibatari Owei ’21, was one of four works featured in a festival earlier this year at Abingdon Theatre Company in New York. Owei earned her Smith degree in theatre.

Addressing the Climate Crisis

Rhode Island State Senator Meghan Elizabeth Kallman ’05 is co-author of The Conceivable Future: Planning Families and Taking Action in the Age of Climate Crisis, a conversational guide for families.

Smith College Paradise Pond

Head to the Movies

Popular Theory, a new movie by Ali Scher ’07, opened in theaters in February. Scher, who majored in English language and literature at Smith, got her break in the movie business in 2016 with the release of Jessica Darling’s It List.

Purple spring flowers in front of the Campus Center

A One-Woman Show

Elaine Bromka ’72 portrayed First Ladies Johnson, Nixon, and Ford in Tea for Three, a one-woman show performed at North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach, California. Bromka, an award-winning actress, earned a bachelor’s degree and a master of arts degree in theatre at Smith.

Smithies have made their mark in literature. If you would like to have your work appear on our list of Smithie authors, please fill out this form.

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Smith in the Community

  • Thelma Golden ’87, director and chief curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Tigress Osborn ’96, fat rights advocate and chair of the board of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, and are among TIME Magazine's most influential people of 2024.
  • Comedian and TikTok star Sabrina Brier ’17 talks to Shondaland about her life-changing internship on the show Scandal and learning from Shonda Rhimes.
  • Mary Gallagher ’91 was appointed dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs.
  • Dale Robinson Anglin ’86 is the head of Press Forward, a new journalism organization supported by a coalition of philanthropic groups, including the MacArthur Foundation.
  • Emma Mulvaney-Stanak ’02 is the new mayor of Burlington, Vermont. A former member of the Vermont State House, she served as chair of the Vermont Progressive Party from 2013 to 2017, and on the board of several nonprofits.
  • Eileen Thompson M.S.W. ’88 is a new board member of On the Rise, a Cambridge Massachusetts–based day shelter for women and transgender/nonbinary people recovering from homelessness. Her experience includes stints as a staff social worker at Boston College and director of the counseling center at Wheelock College.

Student Stories

Declaration Station

The class cabinet for the Class of 2026 hosted a fun (and optional) “Major Declaration Photoshoot” to celebrate the academic milestones of their classmates.

  • Crush Magazine, a literary magazine started by and created for Smith POC students, has launched its first issue.
  • Hear from students in the latest issue of The Sophian.
  • A gallery of winning student entries in this year’s Amplify competition is now online.
  • Juliana Makonise ’25 was among the winners of the Beyond GDP Essay Competition sponsored by the SDG Lab at UN Geneva. Makonise was invited to Geneva, Switzerland, to share her perspective on moving beyond GDP with leaders and experts from the United Nations, member states, academia, and civil society.
  • Sa’mya Wilson ’24 has been awarded a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant for her poetry workshop program, “Peace In, Peace Out Alameda County.” Wilson, who earned her Smith degree in Africana studies and English, will focus her project on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ transitional-age youth who are facing housing-related hardships and other challenges. Smith’s Lewis Global Studies Center is a partner in the Projects for Peace program, now located at Middlebury College.