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reneewhite.jpgWorld AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 as a way to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. There are several events planned at Simmons and throughout the Boston area aimed at educating the public on ways to help stop the epidemic.

Simmons College of Arts and Sciences Dean Renee White is the author of numerous monographs, journal articles, and book chapters focusing on issues of HIV/AIDS in the United States, girls' and women's health, and women's leadership, race, and inequality. She says the AIDS pandemic is a global issue and tells us why it's important to continue to raise awareness.

What is biggest misconception about the disease?
People are not aware that while an HIV-infected person can live with the virus, there is no cure. We have to always remain vigilant and provide information about prevention and also provide the tools necessary for people to engage in effective prevention.

How does AIDS/HIV impact communities differently?
Within the U.S., blacks and Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. Latinos are 16% of the population and accounted for 20% of new infections. Also, about 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV and they have the shortest lifespan following progression to AIDS. This has been the case for many years, yet for some reason near World AIDS Day there is usually some news story "uncovering" this shocking fact. What is shocking is that we have to keep reminding people about this.

Continue reading Dean Renee White talks about importance of World AIDS Day.

Congratulations to Simmons' Department of Communications for winning the 2011 Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award from the National Communications Association (NCA).


The department was recognized by the NCA for its interactive, student-centered, and creative approach to communication education. Department Chair James Corcoran was delighted Simmons received the award for two reasons:

"First, the honor directly benefits both our graduates and current students because they have a major that is recognized nationally for its strong reputation. Second, this affirms a decision we, as a department, made six or seven years ago to emphasize media convergence, the intersection and interaction of multiple media disciplines."

Continue reading Communications program wins national excellence award.

1074533707_3rgoq-L-1.jpgFinalists from the 2010 Silverman Business Plan Competition

UPDATE: Obiageli with The WaWa Project wins the 2011 Silverman Business Plan Competition and $10,000 for her non profit. Congratulations!

Entrepreneurship is a vital part of our economy and is a direct path to leadership. The American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses reported that between 1997 and 2011, the number of businesses in the U.S. increased by 34%, but the number of women-owned firms increased by 50%.

There is no argument that starting a business is challenging, especially with limited access to monetary and supportive resources. Simmons recognizes the barriers facing many entrepreneurs and has created a program that aims to foster their innovative ideas.

The annual Silverman Business Plan Competition was created to support women in launching innovative and successful ventures, and is open exclusively to Simmons School of Management MBA alumnae and current students. Participants have the opportunity to compete for a prize of $10,000 in cash. Finalists will receive access to resources to help build their business, including one-on-one coaching from seasoned entrepreneurs, and access to the vast Simmons network of venture capitalists, angel investors, bankers and lawyers.

This year's competition is scheduled for December 1 and will feature the following finalists:

Continue reading School of Management supports women entrepreneurs with Silverman Business Plan Competition.

Three years ago, Simmons College and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) entered a partnership to create and maintain Boston's first public school managed by the teachers union.

The initiative, led by Education Professor Daren Graves, has given Simmons students, across disciplines, the opportunity to connect theory, practice, and community service. Now in it's third year, the teacher-led Union School has grown tremendously. We asked Professor Graves to update us on its progress.

Q: Why did Simmons engage in this partnership?
The partnership was initiated after a series of meetings in the Simmons Department of Education, where faculty expressed an interest in deepening our partnerships with schools that serve our neighbors.

We chose to partner with the BTU School because we knew it would be an opportunity to help build a school from its inception. We were also particularly drawn to working with the Union School because of its unique teacher-leader ethos.
Q: How are students and professors across the College involved?
We have education and social work student teachers/ interns working in the school; and we have student volunteers from Graduate School of Library and Information Science(GSLIS) and the Simmons Library who have helped us build the Union School library.

Faculty from the Department of Education, GSLIS, and social work have helped with various professional development efforts. The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service has also coordinated various student community service efforts at the Union School.

Continue reading Simmons and the Boston Teachers Union lead first of its kind public school.

This week has been perfect for enjoying the best of what Boston has to offer during the fall. The leaves are still bursting with color, reminding us New Englanders why we put up with the cold, frigid winter. We took notice and set out to capture some of Boston's prettiest fall spots.

Have your own fall photos? We'd love to post them! Send them to us on Facebook or Twitter.

Welcome to 300 The Fenway's "Know Your Professor." Here's your opportunity to get to know Simmons' professors on a more personal level. You'll get the inside scoop on their favorite books, music, hidden talents, and more!

leannedhoerty2.jpgMeet Professor Leanne Doherty from the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Professor Doherty was named Professor of the Year in 2008 and received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2009. But did you know she has a hidden talent of shooting free throws and loves listening to Pearl Jam?

What is your favorite class to teach?
POLS 219 - Gender and Politics and POLS 217 American Public Policy

What book are you currently reading?
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

What's your favorite book?
The Passage, by Justin Cronin.

Continue reading Know Your Professor: Leanne Doherty.


Sarah Galvez '15 is our resident Woman on Campus (check out her Simmons vlog!) and her latest YouTube video takes us a tour of Simmons' residence campus, a beautiful, gated quad right in the middle of Boston's Fenway neighborhood. Residence campus is home to nine dorms, Bartol Dining Hall, the Holmes Sports Center, and more. Watch!

You can follow Sarah and her adventures as a Simmons student on Twitter @WomanOnCampus.

Watch: !Women Art Revolution, official trailer

In the late 1960s, female artists became aware of the unequal representation and exclusion of their work in museum exhibitions, art journals, and educational literature.

Between 1961 and 1971, only 4% of works displayed in group shows at The Los Angeles County Museum were created by women. This underrepresentation was common throughout America, which caused many female artists to submit their work anonymously in order to avoid discrimination. In addition, women artists were discouraged from exploring gender and identity in their work.

Continue reading !Women Art Revolution sheds light on feminist art movement.

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