Shá Duncan Smith
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Community Development
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development (ODICD), engages the entire community to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment. The ODICD collaborates with colleagues in the Provost’s Office, Human Resources, and the Dean’s Office, including the Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Center, Interfaith Center, and Women’s Resource Center to help foster dialogue, collaboration, and education among students, faculty, and staff.
The Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development, Shá Duncan Smith, works across campus to facilitate conversations on the definition, recognition, and/or introduction of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, policies, or programs that address the academic, student, and administrative communities.
She’s Committed to Effecting Change
“I am proud to be at Swarthmore because, when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion, everyone owns the work—we prioritize leaving the world better than how we found it. We work hard to develop ‘a special set of skills’—to quote Liam Neeson—so that we challenge one another and enact change.”
Swat’s Centers Are Central to Her
“Swarthmore’s a beautiful campus, but hands-down, my favorite places on it are our centers. The Women’s Resource Center radiates love—when you walk in, you just feel that ‘WOOSAH!’ moment. The Intercultural Center inspires my creativity and innovation, and I go there when I want to create or just kick it. And the Black Cultural Center is like home to me. On the day of my Swarthmore interview, I came to the BCC for an event where I met a diverse group of community members, and I just knew I was with family.”
She Walks the Walk
“My work’s so important to me because it’s not work—I live it. I raise my children and manage my relationships in the same way I show up to Swarthmore: Every day I earn my seat at the table by listening, advocating, pushing, pulling, challenging, celebrating, and sometimes failing forward. I am an imperfect ally in the process of awakening—we all are—but that’s OK. So come talk to me. I want to know you. I want to be a resource for you. I want to collaborate with you. I want to have coffee with you. I want to listen to you. I want to walk with you.”