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FEATURED MOVER | Richard M. Smith, McDaniel College

McDaniel College has named Richard M. Smith as the college’s inaugural associate provost for equity and belonging. Smith, who graduated from McDaniel in 2000, has taught at the college as a sociology professor since 2010. For the past three years, he served as special adviser to the provost.

In this new role, Smith provides vision and leadership to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He also works in collaboration with the provost to co-lead the college’s diversity, equity, and inclusion administrative committee and guides the Bias Education Response Support Team.

Specializing in the areas of the sociology of race and racism, Black culture and religion, Smith has done research, written, given presentations and lectured on these issues. Additionally, he has been sought after to speak to youth groups, churches, government organization, schools and health organizations about racial and cultural issues, systemic racism and antiracism. Smith is also a consultant and has helped companies and organizations to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive. In 2020, he was the one of the co-founders of the Jones & Smith Racial Healing Clinic.

Richard M. Smith, McDaniel College’s associate provost for equity and belonging


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Bachelor of Arts in sociology from McDaniel College, Master of Arts and doctorate from Temple University

If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?

I would have been a nutritionist and physical fitness expert.

Recent vacation:

Boston, Massachusetts

When I want to relax, I … :

Spend time with my family, exercise, read a book, listen to music, or watch a good movie.

Favorite book:

“The Miseducation of the Negro,” by Carter G. Woodson

Favorite movie:

“The Five Heartbeats”

Favorite music:

“My Life is in Your Hands,” by Kirk Franklin

What’s fun for me:

Date nights with my wife, lifting weights, jogging or checking out a vegan restaurant.

Favorite quotation:

I have many, but one of my favorites is from Mother Theresa. “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”