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‘Inclusion is Not a Fixed Point’ ‘Inclusion is Not a Fixed Point’
Floyd Cheung, vice president for equity and inclusion, brings what he calls a “growth mindset” to his role on campus. “Equity and inclusion is not a fixed point; it’s not something you either have or you don’t,” he explains. “We work on the principle that we can get better at this together. It’s a goal we keep working toward.”
Smith Fund Announces Smith Star Day Author Tosca Lee ’92 Talks About ‘A Single Light’ Climate Change Across the Smith Curriculum
Smith Fund Announces Smith Star Day Author Tosca Lee ’92 Talks About ‘A Single Light’ Climate Change Across the Smith Curriculum
Smith has an amazingly loyal cadre of supporters known as Smith Stars. These donors give consistently to the college and have done so for five or more consecutive years. In recognition of their dedication, Smith has declared November 21 to be Smith Star Day! All members of the Smith Constellation are encouraged to let their star shine by using the Smith Star Facebook profile picture frame #smithstar #whyigive. In a recent Authors on the Air podcast, award-winning New York Times best-selling author Tosca Lee ’92 talks about her latest book, A Single Light, a fast-paced, apocalyptic thriller. The novel, which is a sequel to her book The Line Between, is getting rave reviews. She is the author of 11 novels, including The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir and Havah: The Story of Eve.     The college’s Year on Climate Change initiative began this fall, and professors from a variety of disciplines took up the challenge of helping students explore the impact of climate change in their fields of study. The result: over 100 course offerings this year with topics ranging from climate change in the Bible to the effects of climate change on psycho-social health and social-ecological systems.
President McCartney Reasserts Smith’s Commitment to DACA
In the face of recent Supreme Court hearings regarding the future of DACA, President Kathleen McCartney reasserted Smith's commitment to protecting and supporting all members of the Smith community. “Smith College has a long and proud history of welcoming students and scholars from around the world, regardless of immigration status," she wrote in a message to the campus. "As advocates and allies, we will continue our work to support DACA recipients and undocumented students here and throughout the United States. This nation’s founding values of opportunity and equity are at stake.”
Register Today: How the Smith Alumnae Network Can Help Your Career
Alumnae are invited to join Niki Bhargava ’14 at noon Eastern time on Dec. 12 for her webinar, "How the Smith Alumnae Network Can Help Your Career, Sense of Community and More." Bhargava will share strategies for tapping into the Smith alumnae network for tips on applying to graduate school, finding job opportunities and much more. The webinar is free but you must register.  
Watch the Webinar: Develop Your Strength, Resilience and Joy Through Writing
Led by transformative writing coach Melanie Vetter ’80, this webinar, presented by the Office of Alumnae Relations, demonstrates how to use writing and reflection to mine your stories for wisdom and a life that is more aligned with who you really are. No writing experience required!
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Prof. James Lowenthal: ‘The night sky would never be the same’
BLOOMBERG: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: A new stadium in Inglewood?
AHVAL: Prof. Steven Heydemann: Little level of change in ISIS violence after Operation Peace Spring
MS. MAGAZINE BLOG: Prof. Carrie Baker: The ‘conscience exemption’ has been struck down
NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS: Jessica Camille Aguirre ’07: Politics around a Columbian dam
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Visiting Prof. Loretta Ross: Reproductive justice and ‘The end of babies’
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