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Inclusion in Action: A Year Later Inclusion in Action: A Year Later
Last year’s Day of Learning, held on April 10, led to initiatives designed to make Smith more equitable and welcoming, including the revival of the college’s Inclusion Council and creation of action teams to address areas of need. The Office of Equity and Inclusion shares updates on the Inclusion in Action initiative and what's next.
Emma Kemp ’20: Setting Her Sights on a Writing Career Let There Be Light: Be a Part of Global Illumination Night Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44: A Force of Nature
Emma Kemp ’20: Setting Her Sights on a Writing Career Let There Be Light: Be a Part of Global Illumination Night Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44: A Force of Nature
Emma Kemp ’20 first learned about Smith from her grandmother, Susan Lantz ’62. An English major, with a minor in Spanish, Kemp, who plans to work in journalism, interned at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, wrote for The Sophian and helped found Emulate, a student-run arts and culture magazine. “I won’t lie, deadlines keep me in shape,” she says with a laugh. On the evening of May 16, thousands of alumnae will be lighting their own lights virtually as part of the first-ever Global Illumination Night. Send in an image of a lantern, lamp or candle and upload it today. Then check out Smith's Facebook page on Saturday night for a special video premiere. Until then, watch the Illumination map light up, and use #smithilluminates when you post photos of your own light on May 16. Smith professor Anne Leone ’71 writes about the life and career of legendary landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44, who was one of the first two women to attend the Graduate School of Design at Harvard and the first to graduate with a degree in landscape architecture. She helped to establish the landscape studies program at Smith.
Watch: Virtual Commencement To Honor Class of 2020 on May 17
On Sunday, May 17, at noon EDT, Smith will host its first-ever virtual Commencement, honoring the class of 2020 in a unique way during these unprecedented times. The event will include an address from Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi as well as remarks by Smith President Kathleen McCartney and members of the graduating class.
President Kathleen McCartney: ‘Likely Damaging’ Effects of New Title IX Guidance
In a message to campus this week, President Kathleen McCartney noted the "likely damaging" effects of the Department of Education's new Title IX guidance. "These changes," she wrote, "will surely reverse hard-fought progress in addressing and preventing sexual misconduct on college campuses ... As we do [our] work, rest assured that our goal—to prevent gender-based and sexual misconduct at Smith—remains unchanged and steadfast."
Smith Professors Adapt Teaching Methods
Dance professor Rodger Blum couldn’t imagine how he would go about teaching his classes remotely, but with a little ingenuity and some technical assistance, he made it work. Learn the many ways Blum and other faculty members adapted their classes to effectively engage their students after the college moved to remote teaching and learning on March 30.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW REPUBLIC: Prof. Daniel K. Gardner: The planet can’t afford a coronavirus feud
MS. ONLINE: Prof. Paula Giddings: A posthumous Pulitzer for Ida B. Wells
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Sports grapple with fan-free future
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