Goals and Outcomes

Our long-term vision for Simmons is to become the most inclusive and welcoming academic community in New England.  

In Redesigning Simmons: The Strategy for 2022, we identified Community Culture Redesign as one of six strategic initiatives, and we indicated that our work would seek to “foster a diverse, welcoming and inclusive community.” 

Over the next five years, our efforts will be focused on:

Goal 1: Who We Are

Goal: Who We Are

The diversity of the Simmons faculty, staff, administrators and trustees will match more closely the diversity of the undergraduate student body.

Actions and Tactics

  • Starting fall 2018, gather and review demographic data of all four constituencies, at all levels.
  • Clearly define and report on diversity goals for staff, faculty, administrators, and trustees.
  • Increase racial and ethnic diversity of staff, faculty, administrators and trustees. 
  • Establish programs and services that support the retention and promotion of faculty, staff, and administrators of color.
  • Provide comprehensive diversity training and support to all search committees and measure our progress throughout the recruitment effort.
Goal 2: How We Live and Work

Goal: How We Live and Work

Respectful Discourse

As an ongoing practice, all members of the Simmons community will engage in structured and unstructured discourse and dialogue that recognizes free speech and demonstrates a respectful exchange of perspectives.

Curriculum & Pedagogy

Simmons curricula will reflect significant integration of DEI in the teaching and learning paradigm within and across the four colleges. Simmons pedagogy will demonstrate intentionality around inclusive and equitable practices.

Actions and Tactics

Respectful Discourse

  • Conduct focus groups for all constituencies in fall 2018 to collect qualitative data to assess progress and inform priorities and methods for DEI dialogue moving forward.
  • Identify high impact practices for civil discourse and respectful dialogue.
  • Design and implement opportunities for conversations between and among constituencies that allow for honest dialogue with minimized impact of power dynamics.
  • Intergroup dialogues, or similar model, to be developed across campus and online to facilitate the development and cultivation of community.

Curriculum & Pedagogy

  • The OCIE Office, along with the CET and other relevant College administrators, assisted by an external consultant, to identify the characteristics of an inclusive pedagogy and curricula that represents inclusive excellence at Simmons.
  • Create DEI Curriculum Team with faculty from all four colleges to complete comprehensive curricular review; the Team to meet regularly with academic leader(s) to identify the work, timeline and standards and provide needed educational support and resources.
  • Faculty will attend workshops on inclusive curricula; revise/update all syllabi for inclusive excellence (DEI content and delivery); this includes PLAN.
  • Faculty to attend workshops to strengthen their pedagogy in this area; additionally, individual faculty coaching to be provided, as needed.
  • Faculty annual reviews and TP reviews to include an assessment of implementation of inclusive excellence.
Goal 3: Who We Are Becoming

Goal: Who We Are Becoming

Community Culture

Each member of the Simmons community will have a sense of belonging as a result of a collective investment in learning and in building community that actively supports equitable practices.

Just & Inclusive Student Leaders

Simmons graduates will navigate diverse communities, work, and social environments, distinguishing themselves as inclusive and just leaders.

Actions and Tactics

Community Culture

  • Ensure the four college mission statements clearly reflect the values of inclusive excellence.
  • Develop intercultural competence and cultural humility campus wide; administration of the intercultural competence inventory to interested groups on campus.
  • Increase opportunities for students to discover commonalities and differences through productive curricular and co-curricular dialogue and civil discourse (i.e. operationalize plan developed by team at the CIC Diversity, Civility and Liberal Arts Institute, June 2018).
  • Utilize AAC&U and other resources to educate and implement equity-minded (high impact) practices; identify survey tool; assess, clarify and revise practices as needed.
Just & Inclusive Student Leaders
  • Students will engage in curricular and co-curricular activities that educate, train and promote anti-bias, bystander awareness, respectful discourse and equity.
  • Students will engage in Intergroup Dialogue or comparable program. 
  • Orientation and PLAN courses provide scaffolding for the development of skills necessary to advocate for change, be an ally, demonstrate effective activism, develop social justice and equitable practices.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate the skills required to navigate in diverse community, work and social environments and distinguish themselves as inclusive and just leaders in their lives after graduation.