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Talented young women are increasingly recognized around the globe as the hope of their nations, organizations and families. Smith College is embarking on a defining initiative: to educate women who will transform their communities and change our world. From her first days on campus, each student will engage with international and intercultural issues. In collaboration with faculty advisers, she will design a program of in-class and out-of-class global leadership experiences.

The Phoebe and John D. Lewis Global Studies Center serves as a home base for international students, scholars, activists and visiting professors. Housing the Office for International Study and the Office for International Students and Scholars, the center provides a setting where international and domestic students educate each other about their languages and cultures.

Located in Wright Hall, the Lewis Global Studies Center works with the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability; the Center for Community Collaboration; and the Poetry Center; as well as the Wurtele Center for Work and Life.

Mission Statement

The Lewis Global Studies Center will integrate, enrich and promote opportunities for the critical study of global issues internationally and within the United States in order to advance the college's mission to prepare women for global leadership. The center engages Smith students, faculty and staff in international and intercultural studies and cultivates an understanding of the global context of a Smith education.

Global Leaders-in-Residence

The Global Leaders-in-Residence program brings distinguished international leaders to campus to interact with students and faculty members. Leaders are drawn from diverse fields such as diplomacy, business, government, philanthropy, the arts, journalism, science and medicine, engineering, and education. Visiting scholars and speakers are also invited to campus for shorter residency programs. The center provides a venue for students to interact with these renowned guests in formal and informal ways.

Annual Reports

The annual reports for the Lewis Global Studies Center can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF at the following links: