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Women Opening Doors for Women

The Charter Class established the big sister/little sister program in 1910 and with it the tradition of William Smith women reaching out and supporting one another.

That tradition is continued today by a number of student organizations that help women make William Smith a vibrant and caring community. Organizations and programs that exist exclusively for the benefit of William Smith students include:

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)


The Public Leadership Education Network is a national organization that encourages and prepares young women to become political leaders by hosting academic seminars in Washington, D.C. William Smith College is a member of PLEN and is led by Dean Lisa Kaenzig. This organization aims to increase the number of women in top leadership positions by exposing college women to role models and skills training needed before entering the workforce in public policy careers. William Smith has a PLEN Chapter that hosts biweekly meetings and other leadership events. For more information, please contact

Hai Timiai

Hai Timiai is the William Smith Senior Honor Society. Each year, a small group of women to represent the many outstanding students studying at William Smith. Membership signifies ongoing individual and group contributions.

Laurel Society

The Laurel Society is the sophomore and junior honor society for William Smith College. The members of the Laurel Society are a diverse group of young women, actively involved in their community and committed to academic excellence.

Leadership League of Women (LLOW)

The Leadership League of Women is a partnership between the female-identifying students of Geneva High School and members of the Laurel Honor Society at William Smith College. The group is dedicated to mentorship, collaboration, and community service in the city of Geneva. For more information about LLOW, please contact

William Smith Congress (WSC)

All students of William Smith are members of Congress, which words to represent and promote women’s interests and activities on campus. Every woman is encouraged to attend the weekly meetings, which provide an opportunity for women from all classes and interest groups to gather, discuss, and act upon campus issues which they find important. Students of William Smith can attain voting status by attending three meetings. WSC is responsible for the allocation of student funds to finance organizations, activities, and projects that benefit William Smith students.

Women’s Resource Center

The Center, which is located in the basement of Miller House, is a space for William Smith women to study, meet, and relax. In addition to find a library of resources concerned with women’s issues, students who visit the center can benefit from the help of student staff members who are trained for peer counseling and crisis intervention.


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