Join us on campus on September 22–23, 2018!

Please join fellow alumnae from around the world to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Smith College volunteers at the 2018 Volunteer Leadership Conference. Over the course of two days, you will:

  • Honor fellow volunteers for their service and commitment to Smith
  • Share your own good ideas and best practices with other volunteers
  • Hear first hand about the big ideas and initiatives that will shape Smith’s future
  • Get the inside scoop on the exciting renovation of Neilson Library
  • Learn how to be a powerful advocate for Smith and women’s education

Volunteers like you make Smith stronger by recruiting the best and brightest students, inspiring support for scholarships and innovative academic programs, and keeping the Smith spirit alive in your hometowns.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to come together for Smith!

Register today: 2018 Volunteer Leadership Conference

Volunteers Make Smith Stronger

You bring what is great about Smith to the wider world by spreading the good news from campus, being an advocate, recruiting the best and brightest new students and talking about how Smith helped you become the woman you are today. Thank you for caring enough to share your time, ideas, resources and talents.

Tenets of a Smith Volunteer

As a volunteer, you play a significant role in supporting Smith’s reputation in the world. You are a leader and role model for other alumnae, and the work you do, the way you speak about Smith, reflects back on our community. Following are a set of principles that will guide your work as a Smith volunteer.


  • will be asked to commit to a project or role that suits their skills and capacity
  • will be provided with clear expectations of their role (scope of responsibilities, length of service, performance expectations) and what the needs of the college and professional staff are
  • will be given the necessary tools and resources to fulfill their role successfully
  • will commit to addressing issues of diversity and inclusion along the lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, ability, religion, and geography in all facets of volunteer work
  • will donate to The Smith Fund every year
  • will communicate regularly with their peer volunteers and college staff
  • will gain value from the experiences and training provided by the college
  • will be recognized and thanked by the college for their contribution
  • will be asked regularly for feedback on their volunteer experience and receive feedback on their work
  • will be asked to identify new potential volunteers
  • will keep up to date on news from and of the college by receiving and reading Notes from Paradise e-newsletter, The Gate, the Smith Alumnae Quarterly, and all college and Office of Alumnae Relations emails
  • will promote Smith and its mission through social media and by sharing good news and information with classmates and other alumnae
  • will communicate with staff first if they have questions or concerns
  • will work to connect Smith alumnae to each other and Smith today by engaging their classmates, their housemates, and Smith women in their hometowns
  • will be given creative freedom to execute their role while meeting expectations and needs