Leadership at Simmons

February 05, 2015

Students talking in a meeting

Our students take leadership seriously.

Simmons students ignore arguments about whether leaders are born or made. Because at Simmons, leaders make themselves. Our students foster leadership qualities and apply their skills to real-world issues on a local and global scale.

Below are a few ways our students work to make the world a better place.

Fostering Local Leadership

At Simmons, service is a College-wide commitment. The Scott Ross Center's "signature initiatives" unite the entire Simmons community — faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i — in engaging volunteer activities. 

Many of our students participate in Service Learning for their classes. Eliza Zimmerman, '15 shared her experience volunteering at More Than Words: "Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. When I visited More than Words, I didn't know what I was getting into. I was enthusiastic about bringing something to the students, but the reality of it is that I learned much more from them than I ever expected."

Raising National Awareness

Our students are passionate and socially conscious. Always striving to be as informed as possible on matters that affect them and their peers. This semester, a team of Simmons Economics students are participating in the Up to Us campaign, a nationwide competition founded by Net Impact, Clinton Global Initiative University, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. This team will be competing with 43 universities and colleges across the country by creating a month-long campus-wide campaign to raise awareness about national debt and fiscal responsibility, particularly among college students. The campaign's end goal is to have students sign a pledge to state that they are aware and educated about how national debt will affect their generation.

Making the Global Difference

Real world problem solving is a critical part of the Simmons experience. The Simmons World Challenge (SWC) program is designed to empower students with the knowledge and skill set necessary to tackle social problems facing local, national and global communities. This student-led experience allows students to work in teams and collaboratively design an actionable solution to a pressing social issue.

Spreading Simmonsness Beyond the Classroom

Our students graduate from Simmons prepared to lead. Whether they work at girl serving organizations, start their own businesses, or spread women's health care world wide, our alumnae/i go into the world ready to make a difference. 

"As cliched as it sounds, Simmons really did help me find my voice. With each experience and degree I've pursued, my voice has grown stronger and stronger until it felt powerful enough to lead and support change in our public schools," says Jennifer Buller '05BA '06MAT '13MS.