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Nancy Pelosi Named Commencement Speaker Nancy Pelosi Named Commencement Speaker
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will deliver Smith College’s Commencement address on Sunday, May 17. Due to overwhelming interest, access to the Quad will be restricted to graduates and their guests; however, the event will be live-streamed online and to various locations across campus.
Public Interest Lawyer Bryan Stevenson to Speak Wurtele Center Offers New Programs Power Up Speaker Focus: Helen Krug von Nidda ’90
Public Interest Lawyer Bryan Stevenson to Speak Wurtele Center Offers New Programs Power Up Speaker Focus: Helen Krug von Nidda ’90
Attorney Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and MacArthur award recipient for his work fighting the death penalty, will deliver a talk titled “Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College. The event is part of Smith’s Presidential Colloquium series and is open to the public, but free tickets are required. Erin Park Cohn ’00, the director of Smith’s Wurtele Center for Leadership since July 2019, has overseen a strategic planning process inspired by principles of human-centered design and aimed at engaging the Smith community. The goal was to reshape the center’s mission, programs and partnerships, which has resulted in some exciting new initiatives and programs for students. After spending 20 years in human resources, Helen Krug von Nidda ’90 founded Rise Collective, a New York City–based boutique coaching and training business, because she felt women needed better support, tools and strategies for navigating different stages in their lives. Krug von Nidda will join other notable alumnae and faculty as a speaker at Power Up: A Summit for Smith Women in Business.
Here for Every Voice: Karena Garcia ’21
Karena Garcia ’21 says her life will be different in so many ways because of the scholarship support she received from Smith. The college's Here for Every Voice fundraising initiative seeks to ensure access to education for talented and ambitious students like Karena. Our goal is $75 million in new scholarship support. Give today and help Smith students discover the power of their voices.
Friends of Smith College Award
Your class could be the recipient of the Friends Reunion Award on Ivy Day, and you can help. All alumnae are invited to join one or more of the Friends groups—Athletics, the Botanic Garden, the Libraries, the Museum of Art—and support the amazing opportunities that make a Smith education so special. The class with the most members in any Friends group will receive the Friends Reunion Award. Boost your class standing and help keep Smith strong. Join a Friends group today.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
WGBY "CONNECTING POINT": Prof. Carrie Baker: The complicated history of women’s suffrage
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Jane Lakes Harman ’66: The nation’s top spy job is about to be destroyed
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