Leslie A. Morris ’75 is director of community relations for New Jersey Primary Care Association. For the past 25 years, she has witnessed the challenges facing young girls of color through her work at community health centers. “Far too many are falling by the wayside,” she says.
Their challenges inspired Morris to create the “Women of the Dream” project, a research initiative featuring data from black Simmons alumnae who became leaders in their fields since graduating in the 1960s and 1970s. Morris has collected materials, histories, and insights from more than 100 black graduates from this time period. She hopes to develop and publish an inspiring reference guide for underprivileged black girls.
“When the book is opened, they will see profiles and pictures of these extraordinary black women graduates of Simmons,” Morris says. “It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of responsible, positive adults in the lives of young people.”
“It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of responsible, positive adults in the lives of young people.”