Malinda B. Smith

Malinda Smith

Director of Multicultural Affairs, OSEMA-Multicultural Affairs

Phone:(607) 274-3222
Office:325 Egbert Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs is dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive environment on campus that complements the academic experience, connects and engages all students with the Ithaca College community, and provides opportunities for on-going personal and professional development.  Through our programs and services, we serve as a catalyst for all students to successfully transition to a new social and academic environment; participate and enhance involvement on campus; explore and develop cultural competencies; serve as agents of social change; and understand and enhance their leadership capacities.

In my role, I provide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of programs and services designed to enhance multicultural student personal and social development including the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program and the Ithaca Achievement Program.  Serve as a liaison to other College departments to enhance the awareness and appreciation of cultural and racial diversity on the Ithaca College campus. Provide specific services to several segments of the student population -- in particular African, Latino/a, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) students.

Some of the specific programs that I coordinate are:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar Program
  • Domestic and International Travel for MLK Scholars
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat (CCLR)
  • ALANA Alumni/Career Connections
  • ALANA Community Welcome Back BBQ

As an alumnus of Ithaca College with a degree in Health Administration, I returned to Ithaca College in the fall of 2007 after 23 years at Cornell University. Previous positions held at Cornell included, of Director of the Collegiate Science and Technology Program (CSTEP), Sr. Associate Director for the Office of  Minority Educational Affairs, and Assistant Director of Financial Aid/Student Employment.