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Virtual Community Engagement

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During this time of coronavirus, members of the Smith College community find themselves scattered far and wide. Most of us are working, teaching, and learning remotely. In spite of social distancing, however, we can maintain social connection, which research shows to be crucial for overall well-being. Although we face uncertainty, we can stay connected. We are Smith.

Virtual Community Engagement Team

The Virtual Community Engagement Team’s purpose is to coordinate and communicate the many community-engagement efforts already underway and those yet to be planned. Currently, E-Digest is the main method of communication. The team can also identify gaps to suggest additional efforts and learn from peer institutions’ strategies and programs. 

Key principles guiding us include the following:

  • Social connection can happen even with physical distance.
  • Different groups need different programs.
  • Some programs will be synchronous, while others are asynchronous.
  • Right now, many groups need to focus on self-care before they can engage in broader social connection.
  • We want to include alumnae whenever possible.
  • We acknowledge that first years, transfers, and new staff and faculty have never experienced a semester on campus.

Additional student remote support resources can be found on the Student Affairs website

Student Support Team led by Baishakhi Taylor

  • Tamra Bates
  • Matilda Cantwell
  • Erin Cohn
  • Hannah Danforth
  • Raven Fowlkes-Witten
  • Esther Mejia
  • Dana Olivo
  • L'Tanya Richmond
  • Alison Schoen
  • Stacey Steinbach

Staff Support Team led by Floyd Cheung

  • Amy Hunter  
  • Queen Lanier 
  • Thomas Lark 
  • Madelyn Neely
  • Maureen Raucher
  • Jenny Silver
  • Nancy Zigler

Faculty Support Team led by Hélène Visentin

  • Darcy Buerkle
  • Jennifer DeClue 
  • Alex Keller  
  • Kevin Shea  

Alumnae Support Team led by Denise Materre

  • Toby Davis ’03 
  • Christie Kennedy
  • Beth Raffeld
  • Amanda Rivera Lopez 
  • Marissa Hoechstetter

Anti-Racist Resources

Generating Justice

The Office For Equity & Inclusion has compiled a list of resources to help educate and take other action to actively counter racism in all its forms. 

Faculty/Staff Affinity Group Meetings

Sign up form 

Library Anti-Racist and Social Justice Resources 

The Libraries have collected an array of film and media as well as print and electronic books pertaining to anti-racism. The library will be adding resources as more titles become available. 

No Such Thing as Neutral

To view Jen Malkowski's lecture on racism and technology design from Thinking Through Race, please email oei@smith.edu

Daring to Be Hopeful: A Critical Response to the White Supremacist Storming of Our Capitol

For those who were unable to attend Daring to Be Hopeful: A Critical Response to the White Supremacist Storming of Our Capitol, please take a look at the recording of the roundtable event.

Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19: A Teach-In!

This May 27 webinar on "Anti-Asian Racism and COVID 19: A Teach-In" hosted by PEN America is the eighth in their online series, “Free Speech & the Virtual Campus.” 

The N-Word in the Classroom 

Centered around one of the most divisive words in the English language, this talk, from Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, highlights the way in which the N-word presents itself, and is presented, in the classroom.

Black History Month Library

A vast collection of work from Black writers.

Surviving and Resisting Hate

A toolkit for people of color

Not Your Model Minority: Fighting Anti-Asian Racism and Yellow Peril Rhetoric in COVID Times

A presentation by Jennifer Ho, Professor of Ethnic Studies & Director, Center for the Humanities & the Arts at University of Colorado Boulder and President, Association for Asian American Studies.

Smith #PetsofProfs Pet Photo Album

Meet your new classmates/TAs. These furry friends will be making an appearance on your professors’ Zoom lectures.

Dear Evan Hansen Virtual Choir

“You will be found”—a necessary message for anyone feeling isolated and alone right now.

Video Game Recommendation: Animal Crossing 

Take a trip to your own island paradise with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a low-pressure life simulator where you’re free to fill the days however you like: planting trees, fishing, catching butterflies, or staying indoors and decorating your tent.

Cats Playing with Dominoes

The Internet brings together two great video themes: cats and Rube Goldberg machines made of dominos

Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Cam

Feeling sad or bored? You “otter” check this out! The Monterey Bay Aquarium sea otter cam gives you a live feed of these mischievous and mustachioed mammals. 

Daily Poetry with Tracy K. Smith

Check out The Slowdown for a daily 5-minute dose of poetry, read by Tracy K. Smith, one of the most celebrated poets of our time. She served as the 22nd United States Poet Laureate from 2017 to 2019.

Video: Baby Elephant Playing in the Mud

Pure silliness: this baby elephant is having so much fun

Video: Indigenous dancers share dances online

COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of pow wows across North America. So indigenous dancers recorded themselves dancing and shared.

20 amazing places you can visit without leaving home

Travel the world from home! See museums, zoos, aquariums, parks and historic monuments

NASA’s media library is completely free

Want to escape into the far reaches of outer space? Look no further! NASA has made their entire media library available.

Livestream: Giant Panda Cam

This is so cute we can't BEAR it: Wolong Grove Panda Yard. Explore.org has many livestream animal cams for you to enjoy!

Video: Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats - Fox in Socks

Wes Tank raps Dr. Seuss’ classic children's book “Fox in Sox” over Dr. Dre's legendary hip hop beats for “What's the Difference” and “Let Me Ride” with much due respect to the flows and styles of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Xzibit and Snoop Dogg. 

Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare

Before X-men, before Star Trek: The Next Generation, and way before Star Trek: Picard, Patrick Stewart was a Shakespearean actor. He contributes to the living room performing arts fest by reading a Shakespearean sonnet every day.

Penguins Going on Field Trips

If you thought penguins were cute in their own habitats, wait until you see them exploring aquariums and zoos across the country

What the World Needs Now

Music by Burt Bacharach, and lyrics by Hal David for Virtual Orchestra.

Cats of Smith College Zoom Meetings Facebook Group

Smith Associate Director for Assessment Minh Ly has curated a Facebook group dedicated to our feline co-workers and their insistence on joining us in every Zoom meeting.

Virtual Garden Tours

Stroll through springtime across the country, and right here on campus.

Free Online Magazines

EBSCO has granted the Smith libraries complimentary access to all titles on the Flipster platform through mid-June. In addition to the nearly 70 titles we already subscribe to, there are over 1,000 additional popular magazine titles now available to you. You can read issues on your computer/tablet, or on your phone with the Flipster app.

Gerbil Art Gallery

One very creative quarantined couple decided to recreate some of their favorite artworks for their pet gerbils in a miniature art gallery

Continually Updated List of Livestreams and Virtual Concerts

Missing your favorite artists? Hoping to catch a unique live show? Billboard.com has a continuously updated list of concerts coming soon to your living room

Video: Hasan From a Distance

Hasan Minaj's comedy commentary show Patriot Act goes virtual! Includes Hasan's cooking tips and book reviews of classic children's books. 

Video: Todrick Hall encourages us to dance and clean in ‘masks, gloves, soap, scrubs’

As part of a fundraiser for The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, Todrick Hall put together a dance/song/cleaning experience to inspire us all to mop, sweep and sleep.

Leisure Reading: Online Comics and Graphic Novels

Need your comics fix? The Libraries provide online access to full-text adult comic books & graphic novels through Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volumes I and II. 

 
For more information and ways to stay connected, please visit eDigest.