Meet the Women Changing the Face of Leadership
For the third year, Simmons is hosting "The Study of the U.S. Institutes 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 six 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, Mali, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Sudan.
The program, now in its 4th week, has included volunteer projects with ReVision Urban Farm, Cradles to Crayons, More Than Words and field trips to various local historic sites, such as the Massachusetts State House and the Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to participating in thought-provoking classroom discussions and lessons with Simmons faculty, the participants have met powerful and inspirational women. 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. Next week, the students will travel to New York City, where they will tour the United Nations with Simmons alumna Grace Richardson '60. A few of these amazing women were kind enough to share the highlights of this experience so far, as well as their thoughts on leadership. View the slideshow to see what they had to say!