Changes Related to Anti-Racism Work

Financial aid

With thanks to the generosity of our alumni and other supporters

  • Between fall 2015 to fall 2020, the average SSW funded scholarships for students of color was increased from $16,225 to $25,362 and was increased to $30,258 for entering Black students.
  • In 2020, the average tuition, after Smith funded scholarships, was $1,572 for a Black entering student and $6,468 for a student of color


Classroom instructors
  • Between fall 2015 to fall 2020, based on HR data, the percentage of Black adjunct faculty instructors increased from 7 to 16 percent and adjunct faculty instructors of color overall from 17 to 30 percent
  • In 2017, we instituted a pipeline program to bring 1-2 new instructors to SSW, with priority given to Black adjunct faculty, other faculty of color and those representing other underrepresented groups - through a co-teaching and mentorship model.
Field instructors
  • Between fall 2018 to fall 2020, based on HR data, the percentage of Black faculty field advisers increased from 10 to 15 percent and faculty field advisers of color overall from 35 to 40 percent
  • Between fall 2018 to fall 2020, based on HR data, the percentage of Black field seminar instructors increased from 8 to 15 percent and field seminar instructors of color overall from 30 to 50 percent
    • Starting Fall 2020, we are offering field seminars taught from the perspectives of clinicians of color


  • In 2019, we increased the compensation for all adjunct professors in recognition of their contributions to SSW. Adjunct assistant professors received a 35 percent increase, adjunct associate professors received a 31 percent increase and adjunct full professors received a 25 percent increase.
  • In 2018, we implemented a new a student compensation policy to compensate students at $25/hour for School related organizational change work

Academic program

  • Reviewed and worked toward increasing representation of voices/perspectives of clinicians/theoreticians of color across our required courses
  • Instituted the Sotomayor Fellowship to provide confidential support and advisement to address incidents of microaggression and oppression at SSW