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Black Student Organization President Diane Franklin eulogizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1968

In the fall of 1967, Simmons women formed the College's first Black Student Organization (BSO). Born out of the Simmons Civil Rights Club (SCRC), the BSO was founded on two basic principles: to maintain ties to the surrounding urban community, and to promote and protect the interests of Black students at Simmons. Sister members of the BSO felt Simmons was lacking a Black presence on campus.

Two years later, the BSO initiated change by bringing their Ten Demands before President William Park. Among these demands was a call for the increased recruitment of Black students, Black professors and staff members, and the creation of an African Studies Program. Thanks to the efforts of these courageous women, President Park accepted a condensed version of the 10 Demands, which was evidenced in the formation of an African Studies Department in 1970.

Since then, the BSO has undergone many changes, but its mission remains the same. Today's President of the Black Student Organization, Tatiana Johnson '12, talks about the importance of the BSO and celebrating Black History Month.

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Organization is hosting a wide range of events at Simmons College that embrace the theme "Redefinition."

Continue reading Simmons College celebrates Black History Month.

nelson.jpgProfessor Teresa Nelson, Director of the School of Management's Entrepreneurship Program, is speaking this week as a panelist at the White House Summit on Women's Entrepreneurship.

The summit brings together government, the for-profit, and the non-profit sector in a discussion of ways to increase women's participation in entrepreneurship. The panel will address "Getting Capital to Start Your Business."

Professor Nelson is an expert on entrepreneurship and global business, and is a frequent speaker on issues of women entrepreneurs. In a recent Q&A with PINK, she discusses the challenges facing women-run start ups:

There aren't so many differences between men and women entrepreneurs. All entrepreneurs face the challenge of determining a market niche, defining the market and finding appropriate capital. Where we find special issues related to women is around managing their full lives -- and it generally has to do with the fact that many women are still largely responsible for the house, children and elderly parents -- so they have to find a way to manage around that substantial set of commitments.

In addition to speaking at the White House Summit on Women's Entrepreneurship, Professor Teresa Nelson will moderate a speaker session with Mary Ellen Iskenderian at the 2012 Simmons Leadership Conference.

The Greater Boston area is home to 4.5 million people, and with its rich culture and top ranked universities, it's no surprise that many people find themselves falling in love with the city. It truly has the best of everything!

We've compiled a list of the top 10 categories where Boston has consistently dominated in national rankings. See where Boston compares to other U.S. cities in Travel + Leisure's list of "America's Favorites Cities."

Best College Town

There are more than 250,000 college students in Boston and Cambridge area. What sets Boston apart from most college towns is that while every college has its own identity, students collaborate and interact with the Boston college community as a whole. Need more convincing? Check out this short video tour of Boston.

Most Innovative

Boston ranked as the most innovative city in the world and is home to numerous startups and technology focused companies. At Simmons, innovative thinking is embraced across all majors, and the School of Management's entrepreneurship program is ranked one of the top 25 programs in the entire nation. It's no wonder this year's annual Simmons Leadership Conference is focused on "Innovation and Impact" of women leaders.

Historical Sites and Monuments

The city played a prominent role in the American Revolution and is rooted in history. You're almost always surrounded by historical sites, and you often forget when you're walking along the Freedom Trail or passing by Old South Meeting House.

Continue reading The best of Boston.

Professor Gurney in front of Bet Giorgis in Lalibela, Ethiopa

Meet Associate Professor and Department Chair Rich Gurney from the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Professor Gurney is known around Simmons as the "green professor," specifically for his work with the "Cups to Cleaners: Trash to Treasure" project. But did you know he has a hidden talent in the kitchen and loves Family Guy?

What is your favorite class to teach?
Like children, I can't pick a favorite!

What book are you currently reading
The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge, by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble.

What's your favorite book?
The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.

Do you have a favorite TV show?
The Family Guy - vide supra

Continue reading Know Your Professor: Rich Gurney.

As we start 2012 with high hopes and new resolutions, it's important to reflect on what has been accomplished in the past year. The Huffington Post recently published an article that identified the 50 Best Moments for Women in 2011. We sorted through the list and made the difficult decision of picking our top 10 favorite moments. Although there is still room for progress, this list serves as a reminder of the remarkable accomplishments of these female role models.

WomenMoments1.jpg Women achieve leadership roles in tech

2011 was a year when women achievied leadership positions in the tech industry. Meg Whitman, 55, of eBay was named CEO of Hewlett Packard. Just one month later, Ginni Rometty, 54, became the CEO of IBM. We are honored to have Meg Whitman as a keynote at this year's annual Simmons Leadership Conference.

WomenMoments-Google.png Girls sweep Google's Global Science Fair

In July 2011, American teen girls took all three spots in Google's first annual Global Science Fair. Further proof that males aren't the only ones who can succeed in science.

WomenMoments-NYT.jpg New York Times 1st female Executive Editor

In an industry that is dominated by males, the New York Times named Jill Abramson, 57, their first female Executive Editor. Abramsom is a role model for all women in the journalism and publishing field.

WomenMonents_Saudi.png Saudi women gain right to vote

In May, 32-year-old Manal al-Sharif breaks Saudi Arabia's unwritten law banning women from driving a car. Hillary Clinton speaks out on the issue, 14 female U.S. Senators petition King Abdullah to let women drive, and Saudi women continue to fight for their rights. The result of their efforts? Abdullah granted women the right to vote in elections for the first time.

Continue reading The 50 best moments for women.

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