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Students, faculty, and staff answer the question: What's Your "Lady Anthem"?

In celebration of Women's History Month we asked the Simmons community: What Song Empowers You? (Songs we playfully call "Lady Anthems"). Check out our Lady Anthem Playlist on Spotify, and be sure to use #MySimsAnthem on Facebook and Twitter, and we'll add your songs to the playlist.

Today is Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday, and we want to wish her the happiest of happy birthdays!


Continue reading Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem!.


Read President Helen Drinan's latest Huffington Post Blog: A Letter to My Granddaughter: Bossy Can Be Beautiful.

When I was growing up and in college, equal rights was the topic of the day. So many people fought and sacrificed for this goal -- for the right to work where and when we want to, for equal pay (a topic for another day!), and for the same respect afforded to men. We watched Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisholm talk about these issues, and we were inspired. It was empowering and exciting all at once. I bet many people considered these women bossy, and told them so!

Words most certainly have power, and if you hear a word often enough, you may tend to believe it. The word bossy most certainly has a negative connotation, but perhaps your generation can change that. Perhaps, when you and other girls hear bossy, you can think of leadership. Perhaps, bossy could mean someone has an opinion and is comfortable sharing it with other people. Bossy could mean someone has a plan, that someone is bold. Bossy could mean that someone is the boss, a leader! Read more.

Continue reading Scenes from Alternative Spring Break.

Welcome to the Women's History Month edition of Where are they now? This installment highlights one of our amazing Simmons graduates working in the field of health care and science.
Meet Katie Mead from the class of 2013. Katie majored in nursing, minored in psychology, and was president of the Student Nursing Association. During her junior year, Katie volunteered at a rural general hospital in Moshi, Tanzania, where she discovered her passion for women's health. This experience also piqued her curiosity about how different societies distribute health care. Katie wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post detailing her experience and the class and culture disparities she observed during her trip. After graduating, Katie found a medical/surgical nursing job at Boston Medical Center. She's also a part of BMC's New Graduate Trainee Program, which provides new graduate nurses with clinical courses, simulation training, and mentoring to foster critical thinking and clinical excellence.
We caught up with Katie to find out what it's like to work in the nursing field.

katiemead.jpgKatie during her 2012 volunteer trip to Tanzania

Continue reading Where are they now? Katie Mead '13.

Professor Afaa Weaver reading one of his poems in 2012.

Simmons's own Professor Afaa Weaver has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press). This award, established by Claremont Graduate University, is given annually to a mid-career poet and is one of the largest monetary poetry prizes in the United States.

Continue reading Professor Afaa Weaver Wins Poetry Award.

clowns1.jpgBrianna Bouchard '14 on her 2012 trip to Guatemala City with Patch Adams.

Clowning around to change the world? It's no joke -- for Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams it's a mission to bring humor and healthcare to those in need. Widely known for his belief that health care should be a vehicle for social change, Dr. Patch Adams gained recognition after Robin Williams portrayed him in the 1998 hit film, Patch Adams. It's a vision that resonates with Simmons Nursing student Brianna Bouchard '14, who joined Adams on a clowning volunteer healthcare trip to Guatemala City during her sophomore year. She was so moved by the experience that she worked with the Simmons Student Nursing Association to bring Dr. Patch Adams to campus.
From 6-8 pm on Thursday, March 6th, the entire College community is invited to attend Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams' speech, followed by a meet & greet, free of charge. Donations benefiting Adams' not-for-profit health care organization, the Gesundheit! Institute, are welcome throughout the event.
We spoke with Brianna to find out more about her passion for healthcare, and why she's so inspired by the work of Patch Adams.

Continue reading Student Brings Patch Adams to Campus.

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