ENID SHAPIRO ’67SW: HONORING A LIFETIME OF ENRICHMENT
“Simmons changed my life,” said corporator Enid Shapiro ’67SW, a social worker who has enjoyed a 50-year career and is still active in consulting.
Shapiro, a member of the Making Education Work Steering Committee, created the Enid Shapiro Innovation and Learning Fund with a $100,000 commitment to, in her words, “give back to the school and people who have enriched my life.” The fund will provide seed money to the newly developed Center for Applied Community Research at the Simmons School of Social Work. The Center is a college-wide resource that provides support for interdisciplinary research teams and collaborations across community organizations, agencies, and other institutions.
“Support like this is transformational to what we’re trying to accomplish,” says SSW Dean Stefan Krug ’80SW, ’94SWD. “Enid’s gift enables us to take critical steps in building robust partnerships whose benefits to our students and the community will be felt for years to come.”
Shapiro was able to pursue a social work degree because of the flexible schedule Simmons – and no other school at the time – offered. It took this mother of three five years to get through the program. “Simmons gave me the opportunity to fulfill all my personal dreams,” said Shapiro. “My years at Simmons were terrific.” Her career success has been complemented with a wonderful, close-knit family life with her late husband, Melvin Shapiro, her three children, and seven grandchildren.
Shapiro has won numerous awards for her service and is a well known activist and volunteer in her community through her work with the Hadassah Social Work Council, Jewish Memorial Hospital in Roxbury, and several other organizations. To sum it all up, Shapiro said: “Thanks to Simmons, I really have had a great ride.”