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Applications for the 2014 Simmons World Challenge Are Now Available

September 23, 2013


Applications for the 2014 Simmons World Challenge are now available!

Simmons World Challenge (SWC) is a program exclusively for sophomores and is designed to empower students with the knowledge and skill set necessary to tackle social problems facing local, national and global communities. This is a student-led experience where you will work in teams, with support from faculty, community partners and special guests, to collaboratively design an actionable solution to a pressing social issue. 

SWC is offered as a two-credit course during the winter session (from January 3, 2014 to January 13, 2014), that includes four mandatory meetings during the Fall semester and one final session at the start of the Spring semester. Participants receive a $1,000 stipend, on-campus housing and meal vouchers during the winter session, and two credits toward the Spring 2014 student load. 

Most important, students have an opportunity to imagine, design and pitch your actionable solution to key Simmons community partners -- and to follow through with your plans into spring if you choose!

This year's Simmons World Challenge, Brutality: Violence in Local, National, and International Contexts, focuses on the various aspects of militarism and violence in society on local, national and international levels. The ultimate objective of the 2014 World Challenge is to provide you with a set of tools to engage in civil discourse on resolving situations in which violence has been chosen as a course of action, whether systematically or impulsively. 

Topics that may be explored in the 2014 World Challenge include:

  • gang violence
  • the role of weapons technology and economy
  • internal and external political efforts to curb violence
  • the role of state, police and military organizations in society
  • social and cultural movements that endorse and even celebrate violence
  • groups that participate in or are subject to violence
  • existing strategies (including peace negotiation and reconciliation efforts) to resolve and recover from violence within local, national and international situations.

Applications are due by 12:00 pm on Monday, October 21st. For more information and to download an application, click here.


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