M.S.W. Orientation Schedule

A Virtual Orientation for Entering Students: 
Getting to Know You!

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31

We’re delighted to welcome you to the Smith Community.  Below is a series of (virtual) events we’ve planned for us to all get to know each other…. and to help you prepare for your classes in June! Note that Orientation 2020 consists of both synchronous and asynchronous content. You will receive calendar invites containing Zoom links for synchronous sessions in the coming weeks. 

Friday, May 29: Orientation Begins! Asynchronous Orientation Videos

Please take a few minutes and watch these videos prior to Friday, May 29 to begin your orientation to Smith SSW. Videos will be available by May 26, 2020 at noon. 

For this asynchronous session we ask that you watch two videos. First, an introductory video by Minus18 then the orientation 2020 video featuring Senior Lecturer Megan Harding. You will find both below. 

Minus 18


Orientation 2020

Saturday, May 30: Student-to-Student Orientation

Please take some time before Saturday, May 30 at 3 p.m. (ET) to review these articles; be sure to add your thoughts/comments to the discussion thread!

3 – 5 p.m. ET: DisOrientation: A White Accountability Group

DisOrientation focuses on supporting white-identified students to examine our relationship to concepts of whiteness, white supremacy, racism and anti-racism, etc. in preparation for the summer term. While we are white students talking about whiteness, this is an open group and anyone is welcome. Part of the intention is to be open to accountability (closed white groups being unsafe historically). We will also help connect students to resources, information and peer support to continue to engage with these ideas throughout our time at Smith via our Unlearning Racism (UR) student group. 
Unlearning Racism meets every week during the summer to provide a space for personal and collective reflection and practice of anti-racism and accountability.  We support each other to reflect on experiences of harm within the Smith community and to learn how to move toward alliance with our colleagues of color. 

  • Overview by Student Leaders
  • Break out discussion groups

Sunday, May 31, 2020: Diving In and a Convocation Celebration!

3 – 4 p.m. ET 

  • Welcome Back:  A Word About Clinical Social Work and Social Justice at Smith with Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Marsha Kline Pruett, M.S., M.S.L., Ph.D.
  • Starting on the Same Page: Working Definitions with Associate Professor and Chair of the Research Sequences Benjamin Capistrant, Sc.D.
  • Break-out Groups:  Guided Questions and Discussion

4:10– 5:15 p.m. ET: Convocation:  Welcome to Smith SSW Summer 2020!