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Racialization of Infectious Disease Racialization of Infectious Disease
Even before the country went into lockdown because of COVID-19, Sherry Wang ’06, assistant professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, was calling attention to the uptick in violence and discrimination against Asian Americans in her home state of California. Now it's worse.
How Do We End Systemic Racism in America? Read Along: Virtual Book Club Selects Second Book Smith Students on a Mission to Make Masks
How Do We End Systemic Racism in America? Read Along: Virtual Book Club Selects Second Book Smith Students on a Mission to Make Masks
On the WGBH show Connecting Point, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, associate professor of history (pictured) and Vanessa Otero AC ’03, urban education initiative director at the Jandon Center and interim director of the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, discuss changing systemic racism in the U.S. Joining them are JM Sorrell with the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, and Whitney Battle-Baptiste, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst. Hundreds of alumnae joined the Virtual Alumnae Book Club when it launched in June. The club's second book selection, Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover, is also the Smith Reads selection for all first-year students who start Smith in the fall. The Virtual Alumnae Book Club, which is organized by the Office of Alumnae Relations, offers a great way for alumnae to stay engaged with the college and each other. Best of all, you can participate when it is convenient for you. The Crafting for Community initiative, funded by an Innovation Challenge grant from President Kathleen McCartney, was intended to involve Smith students, campus partners and community members in collaborative opportunities to create handmade goods for underserved or disadvantaged populations or environmental organizations in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. That idea took on new meaning once the COVID-19 crisis hit.  
Toward Racial Justice at Smith College
President Kathleen McCartney recently shared a plan developed in response to the urgent need to advance racial justice in our country and in our institution. “Toward Racial Justice at Smith College” draws on work done in 2019–20 with students, staff and faculty on Inclusion in Action; considers student and alumni demands; and incorporates ideas from the Inclusion Council and other groups at Smith.
OAR Webinar: ‘Human Connection in Virtual Spaces’
The Office of Alumnae Relations' webinar program brings thought leaders and industry experts right to you. The next webinar, “Human Connection in Virtual Spaces,” takes place on July 23 at 1 p.m. ET. Led by mindfulness and embodiment coaches Eve Marie Mugar ’11 and Emily Jeanne Brown ’11, the session will provide you with tools to promote vitality, deepen connections with others and re-imagine what your experience in a virtual space can feel like. Webinars are free, but you must register. Staff and faculty are invited to attend.
Join: Black Alumnae of Smith College Email List
Sign up for the Black Alumnae of Smith College (BASC) email list to receive announcements, updates, and opportunities to connect with other Black alumnae of Smith College. You can opt out at any time. BASC is looking to reenergize BASC, and this official list will better keep Black alumnae of Smith College connected all around the world.
Vote: Slate of Nominees for New Alumnae Officers
Each year the Alumnae Association of Smith College’s Nominating Committee presents a slate of nominees for officers, directors of the AASC, alumnae trustees and for members of the Nominating Committee. Ordinarily the slate would have been approved by voice vote at the annual in-person meeting of the Alumnae Association at Reunion II. This year, however, this meeting did not take place due to COVID-19. We are asking for alumnae participation in approving the slate for 2020 through an online vote that will be scheduled from Friday, Aug. 7 to Sunday, Aug. 23. Vote here.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEXT: Prof. Alex Barron: Climate action after the pandemic
BOSTON GLOBE: College will be different in the fall; how will pricing change?
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Jane Curtis ‘39: Still fighting for justice at 102
KYODO NEWS: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: IOC should help shoulder the cost of delayed Tokyo Games
THE REVEALER: Prof. Mehammed Amadeus Mack: Let’s talk about sex, habibi
MS. ONLINE: Prof. Carrie Baker: Feminists file amicus brief demanding recognition of the ERA
MS. ONLINE: Violet Rawlings ’22: On the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Colleges react to ICE guidance on international students
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Coach George Lombard: Honoring his mother, Rosamond ‘Posy’ Lombard ‘65
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