January 2014 Archives
Black Student Organization President Diane Franklin eulogizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1968
A century ago in 1914, Simmons College awarded a Bachelor's of Science in Business to its first black student, Lydia Brown. As we contemplate this important anniversary, we recognize the efforts of our community who have striven in the past 100 years to make Simmons a truly diverse and inclusive campus. Let's take a quick look back at some of the milestones in Simmons's history:
- In the early 1960s, the number of black women choosing Simmons increased. During the decade that saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the college graduated more than 30 black students.
- In 1967, a group of motivated students founded the Black Students Organization (BSO), which still meets today. This organization became and remains one of the most active student groups on campus, bringing civil rights projects in Boston and other campuses closer to Simmons by focusing on volunteer community aid work and bringing speakers to campus to address subjects such as black rights and urban affairs.
- The 1980s and 1990s saw the participation of African Americans as Trustees, Corporate members, honorary degree recipients, commencement speakers, staff members, and faculty.
Join us in honoring Black History Month by attending the wide range of events that embrace the theme "Our Roots, Our Voices, Our Stories."
Continue reading Campus Celebrates Black History Month.
Simmons College is proud to join two other women's colleges - Mount Holyoke and Smith - to co-host "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development," a two-week Institute in partnership with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Continue reading Emerging Women Leaders at Simmons.
We're big fans of Instagram here at Simmons. Who doesn't love pretty pictures? But really, we like to see the content from our community. We love seeing our campus from others' eyes, which prompted us to start tagging photos #SimScenes.
We love that students can share their perspectives of campus life with the community and prospective students. Every week, we'll pick some of our favorite photos to be featured on the TV screens across campus. So make sure you tag your Instagrams with #SimScenes so we can see them and maybe you'll see yours on the big screen!
Continue reading #SimScenes: Capturing Life on Campus.
A new year is an opportunity to start fresh, or to take the next steps on a positive path.
Members of the Simmons community shared their wishes and resolutions for 2014.
We have many resources on campus to help you achieve your goals, like:
- Improving academic performance with help from The Writing Center or The Center for Academic Achievement
- Getting involved on campus by joining a student organization
- Giving back through community service
One of the most common resolutions is to improve physical health, and Simmons offers many ways to stay fit. Try working out at the Holmes Sports Center, joining an intramural sports team, or taking advantage of some of the fitness activities and classes on campus.
Need inspiration? Watch Blogilates.com blogger Cassey Ho demonstrate dorm-friendly exercises when she visited Simmons last Fall.
Continue reading Welcoming the New Year.