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Wil Smith '00 Promoted to New Multicultural Position

Story posted June 07, 2007

Wil Smith '00 has been promoted to Associate Dean of Multicultural Student Programs from the position of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Multicultural Student Programs.

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Wil Smith '00.

"The creation of this new position will allow Wil to focus his efforts exclusively on multicultural student programs and initiatives and furthers our commitment to meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse community," said Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster.

A search is already underway to hire two Assistant Deans for upperclass students: one to fill Smith's deaning responsibilities, the other to replace Joann Canning who has left the College.

As a 26-year-old single father, Smith was a non-traditional student. After graduating, he worked as the Coordinator of Multicultural Student Programs and Posse Mentor for Bowdoin's first and second Posses. He earned his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 2006.

Rather than pursue a career in law, Smith returned to Bowdoin in his current role. He is set to begin his new responsibilities on August 15, 2007, after he returns from co-directing the Seeds of Peace Program this summer.

As Associate Dean, Smith will serve as a general advisor to historically underrepresented student groups, such as students of color and first generation college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. He will work in collaboration with division of student affairs staff, faculty and academic support services to support students of color and coordinate the College's resources and efforts, and serve as a liaison between the College and families of students of color.

Smith will be responsible for campus-wide programming to support underrepresented students and educate the full campus community on student diversity-related issues.

Smith's inspiring personal story was recently told on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Read the story and see the segment here.

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