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Lisa Nicole Smith

Associate Director for Multicultural Admission

There is no place like Washington College.

Chestertown, Maryland and the Eastern Shore are rich in history and every town tells its own story. A large part of my story is that I am a proud product of the Chicago Public School system and a first-generation college student from the Westside of Chicago. I am a product of liberal arts education and I am an active witness and believer in the multitude of opportunities that this type of education affords. Washington College can be the road that you take to pursue your own path and create your own story. Are you ready?

I have been fortunate to have lived and worked in the Midwest while working for a range of differently sized schools. Washington College is an awesome chance for students that will allow them the rare opportunity to pursue their passions with the full support of the college’s faculty and staff. With a student to faculty ratio of 11:1, an average class size of 17, Washington College is an excellent place to discover who you are and where you’d like to be in the future. The potential for strong relationships and support is outstanding, because Washington College is truly an environment where you are encouraged to “DO YOU”.

Full of traditions, events, and pride, Washington College has over 80 student clubs and organizations to add to your story. You can be a leader on the rowing team or become an International Ambassador; you can volunteer to help label the many birds that visit our natural habitat at our River and Field Campus or follow the steps of Harriet Tubman in the Underground Railroad Experience in the Starr Center. The possibilities are endless and yours to create.

In my own liberal arts undergraduate career, I followed my passion for learning about diverse cultures and language by majoring in East Asian Studies with a specialty in Japanese Language and Culture. As a graduate student, I pursued my passion to learn more about the many injustices of educational access to people of color and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Post-Secondary Education and Student Affairs. My passion to support the underserved of our community helps me continue to write my story here at Washington College and I look forward to helping students write their own stories. Once you find your way to “DO YOU”, you will learn that there’s no place like Washington College.

Undergraduate Highlights

B.A- DePauw University
Major: East Asian Studies with a Specialty in Japanese Language and Culture
Thesis Topic: “An Analysis of the Writings of Natsume Soseki: I am a Cat, Kokoro & Botchan”
Bonner Scholar Alumna

Graduate Highlights

M.A.- The University of Northern Iowa
Major: Post-Secondary Education: Student Affairs