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Wil Smith on NBC Nightly News

Story posted April 30, 2007

Wil Smith '00, Bowdoin College Director of Multicultural Student Programs and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, was profiled on a segment that aired on April 27, 2007, on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The regular feature, "Making a Difference," told the story of how Smith, a single-father student, became a role model, mentor and friend to so many around him.

"I think more than anything, young people need to know that the people who love them are going to love them no matter what," Smith said in the piece.

Watch the "Making a Difference" segment here.

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Wil Smith talks with NBC correspondent Ron Allen following an interview in Moulton Union.

Smith was a single father with full custody of his then eleven month-old daughter, Olivia, when he entered Bowdoin in 1996. He had just completed seven years of service as an avionics technician in the Navy, the most recent of which were spent at the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

While a student, Smith was the community advisor for Civil Rights Teams at Brunswick and Mt. Ararat High Schools, traveled around the state of Maine to talk with educators about the problems and challenges of diversity, attended conferences with the governor and was a counselor at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine. Smith was co-captain of the Bowdoin menís basketball team and received the Bowdoin Athletic Departmentís Leadership Award.

After graduation, Smith began to work at Bowdoin, taking a few years off to attend law school. He is a mentor and friend to many students at Bowdoin College, a coach for Portland, Maineís Catherine McAuley High School basketball team and an inspiration to many.

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