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For the second year, Simmons is hosting "The Study of the U.S Institute on Women's Leadership" program, more affectionately called Women Changing the Face of Leadership (WCFL). This five-week program, sponsored by the U.S State Department, brings together 20 women from five African nations and five Simmons students, with the goal of strengthening global awareness and developing future leaders. The women from Africa are all undergraduate students from varying universities in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Sudan.

The program, now in it's 4th week, has included volunteer projects with Boys and Girls Club, Women's Lunch Place, Project Projection and field trips to various local historic sites, such as the Massachusetts State House and the Women's Heritage Trail in downtown Boston. In addition to participating in thought-provoking classroom discussions and lessons with Simmons faculty, the participants have met powerful and inspirational women, such as State Representative for Needham Denise Garlick and Simmons alumnae Oby Ukadike, co-founder of The WAWA Project. The African students also got the opportunity to completely submerse themselves in American culture during a weekend-long home stay visit with Simmons community members.

The program will continue to foster and cultivate their leadership potentials with even more activities and explorations. The final week of the program includes travel to Atlanta and Washington DC where they will tour several other historic sights and present their plans for becoming future leaders. A few of these amazing women were kind enough to share with me their thoughts on leadership, as well as some of their highlights of the experience so far, view the slideshow to see what they had to say.


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