Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) Summer Institute

From Alix Haber (Wesleyan University ’11):

I am writing to inform you and your university about an exciting summer opportunity with the Kibera School for Girls, a project of the dynamic non-profit Shining Hope for Communities. The Summer Institute is a highly competitive program that provides deeply motivated college students with on-the-ground experience teaching at The Kibera School for Girls, the first free school for girls in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa’s largest slum.

Shining Hope for Communities is a 501©(3) founded by Wesleyan students Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09 that empowers and provides services for over 11,000 Kibera residents every year. We have been featured by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times, CNN, NBC, and the Huffington Post.

The details and application can be found here: Applications are due March 1st.


editor’s note: SHOFCO also put out this incredible video this past December, featuring the girls of the Kibera School for Girls and Kennedy Odede himself:


Thoughts on Winter and Vests

Seriously ladies, what’s up with the weather? Tomorrow’s forecast is 51 and rainy. FIFTY ONE. IN FEBRUARY. Remember snowpocalypsehalloweeneleven? Remember last freaking winter and all of the snowy madness it brought? Come on, mother nature…you are really bringing the weakest sauce to the table. We all know you’re capable of some serious snowage…

This is what winter looks like

So the time has come, dear Smithies, that I will discard my “Winter Fashion Picks!!!!11!1!!!” post that was full of snow boots and warm fuzzies in favor of something more practical for this rainy, strange season. So I will introduce to you my #1 way to deal with this freaky weather. Read the rest of this entry »

Peer Sexuality Panel is 2/29 not 2/1!!

Sorry y’all. The Smith calendar lied to us, the meanies! The Peer Sexuality Panel will be later on in February, NOT this Wednesday. We’re bummed too, but stay tuned for more info…

You can take the girl out of the 90’s but you can’t take the 90’s out of a girl.


Hindsight has a frustrating way of making us realize, far too late, how embarrassing we once were.  Platform flip-flops, white short shorts, and a passion for Mary Kate and Ashley detective movies are some of the least flattering of my 90’s memories.  Luckily, the decade of my birth gives me more to love than to hate.  In fact, the time has come for me to fully embrace the fact that I Love The 90’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Critical Media Series (Kreayshawn – The Help – All American Muslim)

From professors Neda Maghbouleh (’04) and Kat Rickenbacker (’04):


By taking on three major items in the last year of pop culture, we will bring the FIRE from your coursework and activism at Smith to sharpen our collective critical analyses of everyday mainstream and independent media. Snacks will be provided! Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


when: Three Thursdays in Spring 2012 (Feb 16; Mar 15; Apr 19) @ 7:00 pm

where: Stoddard Hall

cost: free

Yes biddies, we’re back!

Hear ye, hear ye and good tidings to all thou Smithies.

We know you have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Smith’d crew to your blogosphere. We’ve got a nice little team going right now, so get excited for another silly, informative, anecdotal, and (maybe) controversial semester!

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