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gloria.jpgGloria Steinem giving the Simmons College commencement address in 1973.

The Simmons campus is celebrating Women's History Month! Every March we recognize the important efforts and accomplishments of the amazing women in history who have improved the world with their activism, bravery, and determination.


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The 2014 National Women's History Month theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. Melissa Kappotis in the Women's and Gender Studies Department weighed in on why it's important to celebrate Women's History Month.
Women's History Month is important because women around the world continue to struggle against inequality. From lower wages, abusive working conditions, and even the inability to go to school, racial, ethnic and gender inequality persist globally. Women continue to experience violence from a loved one with little to no recourse and are challenged for the legal right to control their own bodies. We must not forget the women who forged the path for women today and be reminded that there is still a lot of work to be done. Our events on campus give students the opportunity to delve further into issues facing women today and to become a link in the on-going fight to achieve gender equality.
We're incredibly proud of our impressive and courageous students, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff, and so excited to celebrate women throughout March:

Continue reading Celebrate Women's History Month.


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It's time for 300 The Fenway's latest installment of Where are they now? This series chronicles the amazing things Simmons College women accomplish after graduation.

Meet Kelly Bell from the class of 2011. Kelly graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies. In 2013 Kelly founded the company Intrical with her husband in Washington, D.C. Intrical consists of policy-minded scientists and engineers focused on public health, education, security, and intelligence. We had the opportunity to talk with Kelly and see what it's like to start your own company!

Continue reading Where are they now? Kelly Bell '11.


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The Simmons Concert Choir at their 2013 Spring concert

On Saturday, March 1st, The Simmons College and MIT Concert Choirs will accompany the New England Philharmonic, in celebration of the bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner. This exciting concert, held at the Tsai Performance Center, will premiere Michael Gandolfi's Chesapeake: Summer of 1814, which documents the events leading up to the creation of the Star Spangled Banner. Make sure you purchase tickets to the event!
We had the opportunity to ask the Music Director of the Simmons College Concert Choir, Danica Buckley, a few questions:

Continue reading Students Lift Voices with NE Philharmonic.


On Thursday, February 20th, the Simmons campus was thrilled to welcome the New York Times best selling author and fierce trans advocate, Janet Mock, to present her keynote address in honor of Black History Month.

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Janet Mock with Simmons student, Kate Connelly at Thursday night's event

Continue reading Activist Janet Mock Rocks Simmons.


It's time for 300 The Fenway's latest installment of Where are they now? This series chronicles the amazing things Simmons College women are accomplishing after graduation.
Meet Lindsey Bourcier from the Undergraduate class of 2012 and the School of Management Masters program of 2013. Lindsey transferred to Simmons in the fall of her Sophomore year and graduated with a B.A. in Communications, Public Relations and Marketing, a minor in Public Health, and an M.S. in Communications Management. She currently holds the position of Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Koshland Pharm: Custom Compounding Pharmacy in San Francisco, California.
We had the opportunity to talk with Lindsey and see what it's like to work in the compounding pharmacy industry.

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Continue reading Where are they now? Lindsey Bourcier '12, '13SOM.



We asked students, faculty, and staff why it's important to celebrate and attend Black History Month events.

It's about being allies, it's about being included, it's about participating in those things that we want to both understand, make a difference, and see made better. - Gary Bailey, Professor of Practice, SSW
It's the only month out of 12 months that African American culture is actually celebrated and I think it's very important that here at Simmons it's embraced because we always talk about diversity and inclusion and what better way to do it than for everyone to come to our events and learn about black culture. - Sandy, Biochemistry '15
It's really important to be able have a different perspective, a month isn't even enough. But it's a start. - Erin, Political Science '16
Simmons is celebrating Black History Month in a variety of ways including highlighting the legacy of several of our incredible Black alumnae.
We've held many exciting events on campus this month and we hope you will join us for the remaining events that embrace the theme "Our Roots, Our Voices, Our Stories."

Continue reading Simmons Speaks: Celebrating Black History Month.


We are sad to write that William J. Holmes, the fourth President of Simmons College, recently passed away.
President Holmes contributed a great deal to the Simmons community in over two decades of leadership, including several major improvements that still benefit students today. The Boston Globe shared his obituary.

I write to share the sad news that William J. Holmes, the fourth President of Simmons College, passed away this morning, Friday, February 7. Holmes became president in 1970 and retired from the College in 1993.

During his tenure, President Holmes led several major initiatives that had a tremendous impact on the College. He oversaw two major fundraising campaigns: PRIDE I (for renovations to the Main College Building) and PRIDE II (to increase salaries, the endowment, and to provide funding for endowed chairs). He also led the construction of both the Park Science Center and the Holmes Sport Center. During his presidency, the College added two additional graduate schools (the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School of Health Studies, now called the School of Nursing and Health Sciences) and many new graduate programs.- President Helen Drinan

Read President Drinan's full memorial.

Professor Bob White shared with us this video looking back at what Simmons meant to President Holmes in his own words upon his retirement in 1993. This loving tribute, created by faculty, staff, and students, shows some of the highlights of Holmes's tenure, including how he led the college through some turbulent times for the nation.


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Meet Marlene Fine, Professor and Interim Chair of the Communications Department. In addition to being a well loved professor and advisor, Professor Fine recently released The Interracial Adoption Option a book she co-wrote with her spouse, Fern Johnson, detailing their experience adopting two African American children. We got the chance to talk to Professor Fine about Simmons, her book, and much more!

Continue reading Know Your Professor: Marlene Fine.



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For nine days during winter break, 20 of our most talented students returned to campus early to participate in The Simmons World Challenge, a program that empowers Simmons sophomores to tackle social problems facing local, national, and global communities. These students, grouped into five teams, were tasked with developing solutions to resolve situations in which individuals have chosen violence, whether systematically or impulsively. On Friday, January 31st, these students presented their exciting proposals for stemming brutality.

While all the teams have very powerful solutions, the team focused on intimate partner violence will have the opportunity to partner with Betsy's Friends and apply for a grant aimed at raising awareness of intimate partner violence on campus.

Continue reading Simmons World Challenge: Brutality.


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