Political Leaders Discuss STEM at Simmons

November 16, 2015

Nancy Pelosi and Joe Kennedy in a Simmons lab

We welcomed House Democratic Leader Pelosi and Congressman Kennedy to discuss women in STEM.

Today, the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III visited Simmons for a roundtable discussion regarding engaging women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The leaders were joined by Simmons faculty and students, as well as STEM education leaders from across Massachusetts.

Prior to the discussion, Democratic Leader and the Congressman toured Simmons' undergraduate science labs.

"We were delighted to host two incredible leaders who are interested in how we can support more women and girls to enter and remain in STEM fields – one of the fastest growing segments of the job market,” said President Helen Drinan. “Engaging the entire community in this effort is essential to making an impact.”

In addition to leading an interactive conversation on how we can increase the number of women pursuing careers in STEM professions, Leader Pelosi and Congressman Kennedy focused on the federal, state and local efforts underway to encourage women and girls to pursue careers in STEM.

At Simmons, we have a long track record of educating and training young women for successful STEM careers. We provide early access to research at the undergraduate level, and the necessary mentoring and support to help women be successful. Simmons also maintains strong partnerships that help more women gain access and training to STEM careers.

This was a return visit to Simmons for Leader Pelosi who was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in 2004.