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“The future of our democracy depends upon our ability to create inclusive and equitable communities to which everyone is invited to contribute their ideas, gifts, and enthusiasms.”

—from President Valerie Smith’s 2015 inaugural address 

President Valerie Smith

In College and Life, Greater Diversity Makes Us Better

In an essay excerpted from her Oct. 3, 2015, inaugural address, President Valerie Smith says, “The future of our democracy depends upon our ability to create inclusive and equitable communities to which everyone is invited to contribute their ideas, gifts, and enthusiasms.” More from In College and Life, Greater Diversity Makes Us Better

President Valerie Smith Receives Honorary Degree

President Valerie Smith Receives Honorary Degree

President Valerie Smith received an honorary doctor of letters from Hong Kong Baptist University, in recognition of a dynamic first year at Swarthmore. More from President Valerie Smith Receives Honorary Degree

In College and Life, Greater Diversity Makes Us Better

In an essay excerpted from her Oct. 3, 2015, inaugural address, President Valerie Smith says, “The future of our democracy depends upon our ability to create inclusive and equitable communities to which everyone is invited to contribute their ideas, gifts, and enthusiasms.” More from In College and Life, Greater Diversity Makes Us Better

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Conversations with President Smith

Building upon the theme of her inauguration, “Changing Lives, Changing the World,” President Valerie Smith traveled to 10 cities in the United States, plus London, to meet alumni, parents, and friends of the College. During her visits, she spoke about her vision for the College and its future, and learned how Swarthmore has helped shape lives and livelihoods.

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Changing Lives, Changing the World

How is Swarthmore changing lives? Hear directly from students about the transformative power of a Swarthmore education and then learn about the campaign that will ensure Swarthmore continues to change lives and change the world

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