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The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to shaping a strong community among students of color while promoting an understanding of cultural diversity for the Smith community as a whole. The director coordinates activities that encourage exploration of one's identity, culture and heritage and an understanding of those of others. The office emphasizes the interests and needs of those who identify as students of color, beginning with the first-year preorientation program. The multicultural affairs office serves as a source of guidance and advocacy for students of color as they navigate their Smith experience.


EKTA & Al-Iman present: onefourone

Saturday, March 28, 5:30 pm
Helen Hills Hills Chapel

On December 16, 2014, 141 students and teachers were brutally executed by terrorists in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. In memory of their loss, 141 Schools is an organization that is collecting funds to construct 141 schools, each in the name and memory of the lives lost. Join us at our fundraising dinner to honor their lives and stand in solidarity against violence. Proceeds benefit 141schools.org - dinner ticket is $3, South Asian cuisine will be served.

Black Women's Movement in Defense of Life and Ancestral Territories: Francia Marquez

Tuesday, March 31, 6-7:30 pm
Mwangi Cultural Center

Afro-Columbian women are fighting against large-scale development projects that put their lives in danger. View the film and learn what can be done to help. More information available at www.palenquesyquilombos.com

ASK for Social Justice Symposium
"Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Blackness"

March 29 to April 3
Lebron-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center, Hampshire College

SAVE THE DATE (more information coming soon). Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual ASK for Social Justice program at Hampshire College! This year ASK urges participants to recognize and counteract the ways in which they contribute to anti-Black racism. Presenting a jam-packed week of engaging lectures, film screenings, performances and workshops with learning opportunities for our extended community (Five Colleges, Holyoke, Springfield and surrounding areas). Final schedule coming soon.

In the meantime, please like the ASK for Social Justice Facebook page so you can be updated through social media and help spread the word.

Women of Color: Trailblazers Leadership Conference

Saturday, April 4, 9 am - 5 pm
Mount Holyoke College

Conference featuring speakers Karyn Parsons and Ilyasah Shabazz. Workshops, panel discussions and networking. Register at http://bit.do/wocwia - for more information check out the poster or contact the Women of Color Task Force.

Multicultural Recruitment Day Conference

Saturday, April 18
Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

The annual Multicultural Recruitment Day Conference explores the theme "Medical School: Keys to Unlocking a Career in Medicine," providing you with an opportunity to learn about medical school admissions, financial aid, and student life. Check out the MRDC website for more information.