This Year's Challenge

Arresting Aggression

This Simmons World Challenge focuses on the various aspects of militarism and violence in society on local, national and international levels. The ultimate objective of the 2016 World Challenge is to provide you with a set of tools to engage in civil discourse on resolving situations in which violence has been chosen as a course of action, whether systematically or impulsively.

Topics that may be explored in this year's World Challenge include:

  • gang violence
  • the role of weapons technology and economy
  • internal and external political efforts to curb violence
  • the role of state, police, and military organizations in society
  • social and cultural movements that endorse and even celebrate violence
  • groups that participate in or are subject to violence
  • existing strategies (including peace negotiation and reconciliation efforts) to resolve and recover from violence within local, national, and international situations
Contact Us
For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Benjamin R. Cole at


Hugo Kamya
Professor, Clinical Practice Sequence
School of Social Work

Katherine Wisser
Associate Professor, Director of the Archives Certificate Program, Co-Director of the Archives/History Dual Degree Program
School of Library and Information Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

How many credits will I earn?

SWC, including fall, winter, and spring programming, accounts for 8 credits, and satisfies the PLAN learning community requirement.

If I am accepted, how much does the program cost?

Accepted students will receive a $1,000 stipend, free on-campus housing and meal vouchers. There is no tuition cost, though students will still receive academic credit.

If I am accepted, what dates will I have to be on campus?

When students apply for the program, they commit to being on campus and available on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:00-9:00pm Simmons World Challenge Student Orientation
Wednesday, November 9th, 5:00 - 9:00pm Instructional Session I
Saturday, November 12nd, 10:00 am-2:00 pm Instructional Session II
Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00-9:00pm  Instructional Session III
Wednesday, November 30th, 6:00-9:00pm Instructional Session IV
January 2nd to January 11th (Full days) Intersession Course, required daily activities
February 1st, 3:00-6:00pm Student Presentations to Simmons Community and Partners

How many students will be accepted this year?

This year's Simmons World Challenge will accept 20 students.

What is the Selection Committee looking for?

The selection committee is interested in students with the following characteristics:

  • strong teamwork skills
  • passion for social justice issues
  • commitment to engaging with social problems
  • self-awareness, creativity, particularly vis-a-vis problem solving
  • interest in the problem of violence, and in making the world a less violent place

Who can apply?

This program is only available to second-year students at Simmons College.


Please join us on February 1, 2017 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm for this year's student presentations. The event will be held in SOM M501-502.


Applications for the 2016-17 Simmons World Challenge are due by 12:00pm on Monday, October 24th to the CAS Dean's Office. 

Electronic applications are preferred, and should be emailed to Applications can also be dropped off at MCB E-203A.

Please include:

  • The completed application form, included typed responses to the essay questions
  • Your transcript (available on AARC; screenshot is acceptable.)

A downloadable course description is available. For more information, please contact the Director of the Simmons World Challenge, Benjamin R. Cole at