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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.


Office of Multicultural Affairs Open House [Family Weekend]

2-3 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014
Clark Hall 207

Students and families are welcome to stop by to meet and chat with the director.

Mehndi Night Dinner [Family Weekend]

5:30 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014
Mwangi Cultural Center
, tickets $5 in advance, $7 at the door
Mehndi Night is Ekta's (Smith College's South Asian Student Organization) annual cultural event for the fall semester. After a delicious Indian meal, guests enjoy a number of lively performances—anything from poetry readings, singing performances and skits as well as mind-blowing Bollywood and other South Asian dances. Guests can experience the South Asian tradition of Mehndi (henna tattoo) application, a ceremonial art form that originated in ancient India.

Mehndi Night Show [Family Weekend]

7 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014
Davis Ballroom
, Admission is free, no ticket is required

The Identity Project Photo Exhibition [Family Weekend]

10 am-4 pm, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Unity House, Hearth Room

MISC (Multi-ethnic Interracial Smith College) will be hosting their fourth annual Identity Project. The Identity Project is an annual photo project in which students, faculty and staff of the Smith community are photographed and given the opportunity to define WHO they are in their own words. The Identity Project aims to act as a forum for students, faculty and staff to self-identify and critically think about what IDENTITY means.

Black Students' Alliance Soul Food Lunchboxes [Family Weekend]

2-4 pm, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Mwangi Cultural Center

All students and families are welcomed and encouraged to enjoy a delicious soul food meal with the Black Students' Alliance. Come out and show support, mix and mingle, and learn about the oldest organization on campus. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

Asian Tea House [Family Weekend]

7:30-9:30 pm, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Admission is free, no ticket required

An annual event co-hosted by the Asian Students Association and the Korean American Students of Smith. Attend with your friends and family members and get ready to be dazzled by both traditional and more modern dances, songs and various other acts.

Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference

The 15th annual Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference will take place February 19-22, 2015. A disproportionately low number of underrepresented groups enroll in graduate programs in Public Policy and International Affairs. This is an opportunity for first and second year undergraduate students who are either US citizens or permanent residents to apply for this unique opportunity to learn about these fields. Check out their online flyer to find out more!