Smith is a teacher, poet, and doctoral candidate in education at Harvard University with a concentration in culture, institutions, and society. He was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. He has been featured in the <em>Washington Post</em>, <em>Huffington Post</em>, <em>The Root</em>, NBC News, and is profiled in the book<em> American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom </em>(Welcome Books, 2013). He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam Champion and an Individual World Poetry Finalist. He has served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State conducting international workshops on cross-cultural understanding and youth empowerment. His poetry has been featured on TED.com, Upworthy, TVOne's <em>Versus & Flow</em>, at the IB Conference of the Americas, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Black History Month event sponsored by the Darci Ellis Godhard Fund for Social Justice, cultural and community engagement, student activities, and the Black Student Alliance at Hollins.