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President Sarah Willie-LeBreton standing at the podium during the installation ceremony.

A Joyful Celebration

On October 21, Sarah Willie-LeBreton was officially sworn in as Smith’s 12th president in a ceremony celebrating scholarship, community, and joy.

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Smith, in the Moment


Saving the Mountain Magnolia

Magnolia fraseri is facing extinction. Can Smith researchers figure out how to save it?

  • Sustainability
  • September 25, 2023

Responding to Grief: A Message from President Willie-LeBreton

As students and faculty returned to campus from Fall Recess, I shared this letter with them. My primary responsibility and concern is the wellbeing of our campus community. The painful and devastating violence in Israel and Gaza demands that we provide emotional support and safety for our students, staff, and faculty, and deserves the response a college campus can offer — study, analysis, dialogue, even disagreement. In this moment, Jewish and Palestinian students, staff, and faculty, in particular, are experiencing grief, fear, pain and anger. I call on every member of our community to hold space for them.

A Culture of Curiosity

Isa Pereira-Tosado ’25

Biochemistry major

“Knowledge at Smith is accumulated through community. Every student is allowed to pursue an academic path unique to them.”


Julianne Ohotnicky

Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students

“Exploration and engagement are foundational to the Smith experience.”


Aaron Kamugisha

Ruth J. Simmons Professor of Africana Studies

“After 15 years living and working in the Caribbean, I was interested in uncovering different intellectual possibilities.”


Sabrina Brier ’17

Actor & Writer

“It’s important to always put yourself into environments where you can really be you.”