Community Engagement

Learning that changes lives.

Simmons Community Engagement facilitates and promotes community-based learning and develops strategic partnerships to advance learning, promote civic engagement, and enhance community involvement in order to create a more just society.

For more than 100 years, Simmons University has inspired its students to combine learning with action for a more just and equitable world. Today, Simmons Community Engagement takes the lead in advancing this commitment to visionary education and civic engagement by building on our strengths as a women-centered college and our commitment to leadership development. 

The office works closely with nearly 60 community-based organizations to provide opportunities for student-leadership and community benefit. Whether it's tackling social justice issues such as the education achievement gap, mentoring girls for advancement and success, or becoming a pen pal to a middle-school student, we offer our entire campus a variety of ways to get involved, among them, stimulating service-learning courses and exciting all-University signature initiatives.

Through reciprocal partnerships with community-based organizations, Simmons Community Engagement aims to:

  1. Broaden and deepen community-based learning at Simmons.
  2. Support faculty in their goals to expand community-based research.
  3. Cultivate a readiness for civic agency in our students. 
  4. Promote women’s leadership and girls advancement and success.
  5. Develop engaged and socially responsible leaders.
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Service Learning

Our students combine community service with academic instruction by focusing on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility.

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Student-Led Service

Learn about the Scott/Ross Center and how you can get involved in community service.

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Advancing Women and Girls

We collaborate with community partners to maintain our mission of advancing women and girls.

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Partner Feature: Budget Buddies

Alumna Kaitie Chakoian-Lifvergren '09 discusses the power of women-centered organizations.