Report: Whistleblower Accuses Smith College Of ‘Racially Hostile Environment’ In Resignation Letter

Report: Whistleblower Accuses Smith College Of ‘Racially Hostile Environment’ In Resignation Letter


Jodi Shaw, a former residential life coordinator at Smith College, resigned from her position Friday afternoon, alleging in a resignation letter to the college president that she had been subjected to a hostile work environment because of the color of her skin.

In the letter, obtained by former New York Times editor Bari Weiss, Shaw told Smith College President Kathleen McCartney that a “racially hostile environment that the college has subjected me to for the past two and a half years has left me physically and mentally debilitated.” She also said that she couldn’t remain silent about her experience, and as such, had turned down a settlement from the college.

Shaw, a divorced mother of two children, detailed several allegations in the letter, including an incident in 2018 when she was told she couldn’t use a library-orientation presentation she developed because it would have been in rap form. The presentation, she wrote, would have been crucial to a promotion. Although

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