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 commitment. 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.

2019 — 2020 Marta Sotomayor Fellows

Jamie Daniels

Mamta Dadlani

Jamie Daniels, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She is a graduated of Smith’s M.S.W program and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Smith SSW. Daniels maintains a small private practice in Amherst, MA. where she specializes in working with queer and trans individuals and people of color. Daniels is also the Diversity and Inclusion Fellow at Smith College Counseling Center where she supports the mental health of minority college students through targeted clinical work, program initiatives and outreach. Daniels' clinical practice is rooted in a culturally responsive, social justice framework. She fluidly addresses issues of race, gender, sexuality, class oppression, identity development and social position in treatment. Her research interests include social determinants of mental illness, the mental health and wellness of college students of color, and the psychotherapeutic needs of black women. Connect with Daniels at

LaTasha Smith

LaTasha Smith portraitLaTasha Smith, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist practicing in a college counseling center in New York State. In this position, Smith focuses on enhancing the mental health of college students and racialized populations. She maintains a private practice and has taught Social Work Practice, Outcome Evaluation and the first year M.S.W. Field Seminar as an adjunct instructor with Columbia University School of Social Work and Smith College School of Social Work. She has worked throughout her career with survivors of interpersonal trauma providing individual and group therapy in a variety of clinical settings. 

Smith brings a clinical, socio-cultural and anti-racist perspective to her work that extends to her therapy practice, to the classroom and within systems, structures and communities to which she belongs. With this lens, Smith focuses on the presenting issues or tasks at hand and explores the influence that systems of oppression have on one’s experience and health. She has an eye towards critical awareness and perspective, capacity enhancing and devising solutions.

Smith is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Smith College School for Social Work. Her interests include racial identity development, mental health and wellness of black college students, transference and countertransference in clinical supervision, and the training, supervision and professional development of social workers. You can reach Smith at

Janae Peters

Janae Peters portrait

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 Peterss at