Simmons Celebrates Our Multicultural Community
Each fall, the Multicultural Affairs/Office of the Dean for Student Life gathers the Simmons community for "Colors of Success" - a celebration of the myriad achievements of our diverse student body. One of our most powerful and touching traditions, the event brings together students, faculty, administrators, and even some returning alumnae to share in and support each other's successes.
This year's event began with an ice-breaker designed to build connections among participants by exploring the origins of their names. Jordan Peterson, a member of the student Slam Poetry group, performed a spoken word piece about her namesake Michael Jordan that united the room in rousing applause.
A common theme of the evening was the importance of mentorship.
A panel of undergraduate students from several multicultural student organizations - such as Organizacion Latino Americana (OLA), the Asian Students Association (ASA), the Black Students Organization (BSO), and the Like Minds Coalition - praised the role models and organizations that helped them succeed at Simmons. They cited the Admissions team, the Scott Ross Center for Community Service, counselors, faculty, and the Multicultural Overnight Student Travel (MOST) program as key players in their development, and encouraged others to get involved.
Dean Renee White recognized the many ALANA (Asian, Latino, African American and Native American) students who made the deans list last Spring - a list almost three pages long.
Renee Gadsen, assistant director of undergraduate admissions, acknowledged our Boston 2013 Scholars, who received full scholarships to attend Simmons. Gadsen also encouraged students to be mentors and seek mentors during their time at Simmons and beyond.
Students put those recommendations into practice at the end of the event when they each exchanged contact information with another attendee they'd never met. Each promised to keep in touch, forging more bonds within our multicultural community of mentors, supporters, and friends.