Notes from Paradise
Not Your Mother’s Romance Novels
Under the pen name Sarah MacLean, Sarah Trabucchi ’00 writes best-selling historical romances that have been translated into 23 languages. But her heroines are not damsels in distress. “My heroines are very strong and could survive quite happily in a world without men,” says Trabucchi.
Alumna Receives First Cal Poly MLK Legacy Award Toward Inclusion, Equity and Bias Prevention Generation Zs Wanted for ‘New York Times’ Project
Camille O’Bryant ’83, S.M.’86, associate dean in the California Polytechnic State University College of Science and Mathematics, was the inaugural recipient of the university's Cross Cultural Centers’ Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. O’Bryant chairs Cal Poly’s inclusion and equity committee and is a Smith trustee.   As part of ongoing initiatives to strengthen its commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity, the college has announced a number of steps it is taking to reduce the likelihood of bias-related incidents. The initiatives, particularly those relating to campus policing, were informed by recommendations of the ACLU, which now hopes to share Smith’s new policies with other campuses. Claire Haug ’20, contributor to The New York Times newsletter, "The Edit," gets the word out about a new Gen Z-focused project that explores what it means to be part of this growing demographic. She writes, “I feel there is a genuine contradiction between the way that our generation experiences identity and the way identity is portrayed.”
Class Visit: Applied Design and Prototyping
During January interterm, students in the Applied Design and Prototyping class were introduced to the concepts of design strategies, rapid prototyping and manufacturing. The course was led by Susannah Howe, director of the Design Clinic, and Eric Jensen, director of the Center for Design and Fabrication.
The Smith Fund’s December Challenge Surpasses Goal
In December, The Smith Fund launched Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge, with an ambitious goal to raise $3.1 million in 31 days for scholarship aid. Thanks to 5,105 generous donors, the challenge surpassed that goal and raised $3.25 million. All gifts will go toward ensuring that all students accepted to Smith will be able to attend regardless of their financial background.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Prof. Michael Thurston: Black lung and the ‘radical act of poetic thinking’
WASHINGTON POST 'MONKEY CAGE': Lecturer Anna Mwaba: An unprecedented call for suspended elections in Congo
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