Marta Sotomayor Fellows

Marta Sotomayor, M.S.W. '60, Ph.D., was one of our most distinguished alumnae. After earning her M.S.W. from Smith College, she became the first Latina in America to earn a doctorate in social work. She served as president and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging and was a senior policy adviser to the Secretary's Task Force on Minority Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). She was a tireless advocate for Latino communities and a powerful voice for social justice. In 2008, Sotomayor received the Smith College School for Social Work's Day-Garrett Award for her outstanding contributions to professional social work and the SSW educational community.

The Marta Sotomayor Fellows, named for our illustrious alumna and colleague, help in a variety of ways with our anti-racism work. These fellows are available for confidential consultation about any questions, issues, or concerns regarding race, racism, or any other aspects of social identity and social oppression.

Marta Sotomayor Fellows have office hours open to anyone in the community to discuss any concerns, issues or research related to racism.

Summer 2020 Marta Sotomayor Fellow

Janae Peters

Janae Peters, LMSW, entered the clinical social work world by way of her work as an educator at an independent boarding school. The residential and advising pieces of the work gave her insight into the student experience outside of the classroom and the English literature classroom created space for difficult conversations and witnessing transformation. A growing concern about identity development, social identity, social identity threat, and the impact of oppression and oppressive systems on achievement in the educational environment created in her a sense of urgency in working to learn how to improve the educational and identity development experience for all people. She graduated from Smith’s M.S.W. program in 2015 and has continued to bring social work into the educational environment. She was an English teacher, house director, and director of advising at Northfield Mount Hermon School and was recently the dean of student development and community life, school counselor, and had oversight over residential life at Indian Springs School, where she developed an advisory and peer mentoring program. She is currently a design team member for the Mastery School of Hawken in Cleveland, Ohio, which is set to open in August 2020. The school will take to scale a new model of education and engage in-depth with identity development in the educational environment.

Smith’s anti-racism commitment played a large role in her decision to apply to the M.S.W. program and that commitment influences her eagerness to collaborate with others through the Marta Sotomayor fellowship. Consideration of intersectionality, critical race, social identity, and  person-in-environment theories is crucial to her work with people. Connect with Peters at jpeters@smith.edu


College-based Consultants in the Fellows Program  

Tobias Davis​

Tobias Davis '03 is the inclusion education trainer/facilitator for the Office for Equity and Inclusion at Smith College. In this role, he is available to provide a variety of trainings to individual departments, groups, and the campus as a whole. In addition, Toby serves as the point person and advocate for low income, first generation, trans and gender-nonconforming students. His areas of interest include antiracism, queer and trans liberation, intergroup dialogue, and compassionate communication. He holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.Ed in Social Justice Education from UMass, as well as a certificate in Social Justice Mediation. Reach Davis at tdavis@smith.edu or 413-585-6261. 

Raven Fowlkes-Witten 

Raven Fowlkes-Witten is the program and outreach coordinator for the Office for Equity and Inclusion at Smith College. In addition, Raven serves as the point person and advocate for undocumented, trans and gender non-conforming students. As a liaison, they will organize and provide resources for these groups as well as advise and support students as needed. Raven also oversees the social media for the office and is excited by campus programs centered around equity and inclusion. Connect with Fowlkes-Witten at rfowlkeswitten@smith.edu or 413-585-6260.