Taylor Lewis '17 On Women-Centered College Week

February 24, 2017

Taylor Lewis

Taylor filled us in on all the great events happening for Women-Centered College Week!

What's your major at Simmons?

Political science and business management.

What made you choose Simmons?

Simmons has always been a household name because my grandmother, mother and aunt all went here. Being a stubborn and very independent teenager, my first instinct was to not attend the same school as my relatives. However, with some convincing, I decided to apply to Simmons. 

Simmons instantly caught my eye when they sent me a personalized acceptance letter. When I finally visited, I knew that I wouldn't just be a name in a huge database, but that I would be a part of a community that would allow me — an introvert —to build lasting relationships and become a leader.

What student organizations are you involved with at Simmons? 

I've been involved in the Student Government Association (SGA) since sophomore year. I started as the Senate President and I now serve as the Student Body President. I'm also in the middle of my second year as a Resident Advisor (RA). 

My favorite part of being involved on campus is meeting all the great people. I feel like I'm among the future leaders of this generation. The trust, confidence and reassurance they have poured into me is remarkable and I'm so thankful for these relationships.

Tell us about Women-Centered College Week! What kind of events are happening?

Women-Centered College Week will take place from Saturday, February 25th to Thursday, March 2nd. 

  • Saturday, we're hosting a kick off party open to all college students. A special focus will be on connecting with other women's and women-centered colleges in the area.
  • Monday, we're having a second kick off celebration with a cake cutting and photo booth by the Fens. That evening, there will be a panel discussion from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Kotzen Room titled: Breaking Trends featuring fashion bloggers and online influencers Danielle Cooper and Sara Geffrard, two black queer women navigating the men's fashion world. 
  • Writer, speaker, and advocate Tiq Milan will discuss Reimagining Black Masculinity on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in M501-502.
  • Wednesday will be a busy day with two events, Women in Politics: When They Go Low, We Go Local from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Linda K. Paresky Center and a panel discussion on the importance of intersectional feminism with a few Simmons professors from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Kotzen Room.
  • The week concludes with the Excellence Gala on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m in the Linda K. Paresky Center. This will be a catered dinner celebration and Sandra Cotterell '79 will be our keynote.

What's the theme of the week?

"Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present and Shaping the Future." Each event showcases how we as a community and generation should learn about our history, giving honor when due, but not succumbing to past mistakes and failures. This is the time to act, lead, educate, empower, reflect and resist. If we take advantage of the present, we can shape a better future.

Who is welcome to attend events? 

We're extending an invitation to the entire Simmons community, which includes friends and loved ones!

Why is Women-Centered College Week so important?

I want to showcase and uplift voices we don't usually hear in dominant culture and society. It's important to celebrate all of our accomplishments and hard work. This is a week we can all get together and celebrate and invest in our diverse and inclusive community.

What's your Simmons moment?

When I gave my election speech for President at the SGA forum. We were running low on time and I had written a 5 minute long speech, but I had to compress it into a few minutes. When reciting my speech, I got a few moments of applause, but when I finished I got a standing ovation. 

At that moment, I saw my vision for myself come true and I knew I had picked the right career path.

From Left: Danielle Cooper, Taylor Lewis '17 and Sara Geffrard