Smith sets aside time during the academic year to celebrate diversity, explore cultural heritage and experiences, and challenge the community to think critically about cultural pluralism.
Nosotras, the Smith Latina student organization, hosts commemorative celebrations throughout the month, organizing engaging readings and discussions for the entire campus to recognize the contributions that Latino/a and Hispanic peoples make to American history and culture.
In October, Smith College recognizes the diversity of Asian/Pacific American cultures. The Asian Students Association and the Korean American Students of Smith co-sponsor a broad range of collaborative events highlighted by an Asian Teahouse and a fall conference.
Smith College annually honors the pioneering courage of its first African-American graduate, Dr. Otelia Cromwell, Class of 1900. The entire college gathers for workshops, lectures, films and performances which focus on the topics of racism, diversity, and community.
Smith College encourages participation in the national movement to restore the intended meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—making it a Day ON, not a Day OFF. In addition, commemorative programming is held after students return to campus for spring semester.
November is the time to acknowledge the contributions of the first Americans. Smith also sponsors several events throughout the year, including films, lectures and activities in the Five College area.
This week-long remembrance of African Americans' history and accomplishments has evolved into a vibrant, month-long celebration. Smith College observes Black History Month throughout February in conjunction with the Black Arts Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Smith Black Students Alliance.