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SAL Releases 2020 “Smithies Around the World” Map

World map showing Smith student locations

You never know when you’re going to run into a Smithie! Data show that Smith graduates are living and working in over 100 countries around the planet. Thanks to the interactive Smithies Around the World map, which has been updated for 2020, you can virtually travel the globe and see the visualization for yourself. Users can interact with the map by filtering the data by US or international, and undergrad or grad. The dynamic count also reflects the numbers of alum in your zoom extent. Clicking on an icon allows you to explore the class year and major.

The Smithies Around the World web application was designed by Spatial Data Specialist Tracy Tien, and advised by Spatial Analysis Fellow Emma Harnisch and Spatial Analysis Lab Director Jon Caris. All three work out of the Smith College Libraries’ Spatial Analysis Lab. The project was created in preparation for open house events during May 2019 Reunion weekends. Alumnae have been excited to find themselves on the map and discuss ways to use the tool for networking, especially upon finding other Smithies in their area.

The data for the original 2019 map were collected by the Office of Development with help from senior researcher Timothy Enman and student assistant Nancy Yun. The most current data were provided by Maya Gournard in the Office of Alumnae Relations & Development, prepared and geocoded using 5-digit zip codes (for the US), and city or country centroid (for international locations where city information is unavailable). This year's update also includes graduate alums. Smith currently has data on active alums who graduated between 1927 and 2019, representing nearly 52,000 people.

Majors information associated with each alum was also cleaned up to represent our academic departments today, Kathleen Foley in the Office of Institutional Research provided support in understanding how majors at Smith have changed over time. The 2020 map was released in May to celebrate virtual Reunion, and will be updated as future classes graduate.


Emma Harnisch 

Tracy Tien 

Jon Caris