Notes from Paradise
Ai-jen Poo to Class of 2019: ‘It’s Our Time’
In her May 19 Commencement address, activist Ai-jen Poo called on the class of 2019 to transform the look of leadership and get involved in the world around them. Poo noted that although women have made progress, they have not yet seen transformative change. Enjoy a recap of Commencement Weekend, including Ivy Day.
Carrie Baker Talks About Teaching to Empower Smith Scholarship Initiative: ‘Here For Every Voice’ Amelia Huffman ’93 to Lead Minneapolis Precinct
What is the best way to teach about social injustices in the current political landscape where such issues are so front and center? Carrie Baker, professor and director for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith, has some strategies. Here, she discusses her methods of “teaching to empower,” which is also the subject of an article she published in the scholarly journal Feminist Formations. Smith College is launching a $75 million fundraising initiative, “Here For Every Voice,” to boost scholarship support to students, ensuring that a Smith education remains accessible and affordable to students from a range of backgrounds. “Lack of means should never prevent a student from going to college,” said President Kathleen McCartney. Currently, more than 67% of Smith students receive financial aid. Amelia Huffman ’93, former commander of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, homicide unit, is the new top cop of Southwest Minneapolis' 5th Precinct. Huffman calls it a “challenging and painful time” in the city due to several police shootings of unarmed residents. “Healing that chasm is going to take time and work,” Huffman said. “We need to engage with folks during the course of their regular life.”
Honorary Degree Recipients Share Words of Wisdom on Commencement Eve
In a panel moderated by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney, some of Smith’s honorary degree recipients shared their perspectives on activism, engagement and making a difference in the world. Honorands this year were Elizabeth Alexander, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Yvonne Freccero, local advocate for the homeless; former U.S. Rep. Niki Sauvage Tsongas ’68; and Drew Gilpin Faust, president emerita of Harvard University.  
Register: ‘Smith Connection: An Inside Look at College Admissions’
Alumnae: Is there a young woman in your family who is in high school and beginning the college search? Attend “Smith Connection: An Inside Look at College Admissions,” where Smith admission professionals will share strategies to help you successfully navigate the college admission process. Join us on campus Friday, June 21, for this very special day offered exclusively to Smith alumnae. The cost is $50 per family and includes lunch. Register today!
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE ATLANTIC: The college that gives graduates the wrong diploma
CNN: Nadia Milleron ’86: Keeping unsafe planes on the ground
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Smith’s Historic Clothing Collection: Assessing the value of apparel
OZY: Prof. Sara Newland: Change in China?
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