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Simmons World Challenge

Simmons World Challenge (SWC) is a program exclusively for sophomores and is designed to empower students with the knowledge and skill set necessary to tackle social problems facing local, national and global communities. This is a student-led experience where you will work in teams, with support from faculty, community partners and special guests, to collaboratively design an actionable solution to a pressing social issue.

SWC is offered as an eight-credit course, beginning with a few mandatory meetings during the Fall semester, ten consecutive days of team work in early January, and a two-credit skill building and grant writing seminar during the Spring semester. Participants receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the January program, on-campus housing and meal vouchers during the winter session, and the program satisfies the PLAN learning community requirement. Students will also have the opportunity to compete for an Alumnae Association grant, exclusive to SWC, for start-up funds to implement their project.


Most important, students have an opportunity to imagine, design and pitch your actionable solution to key Simmons community partners -- and to follow through with your plans into spring if you choose!