All Simmons News{EC7A558A-2A3E-4330-93B4-C33BBF7C087D} Are They Now: Brianna Desrochers Wetherbee ’16MBA<strong><img height="244" alt="Picture of Brianna" width="244" src="~/media/6DD9EBB57C93418FB9E44D777798324E.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" /> <h4>What does your job entail?&nbsp;</h4> </strong> <p>As the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation Project Manager, my job is to ensure that we're fully prepared for and earn health plan accreditation. There are over 2,000 requirements that must be met in order to do so, which means I have to be extremely detail-oriented to ensure nothing gets missed. In addition, because multiple departments partake in the preparation process, I'm responsible for coordinating cross-collaboration, ensuring consistent communication, and holding C-Suite and director-level stakeholders accountable.&nbsp;</p> <div><strong> <h4>Tell us about your employer.</h4> </strong> <div> <p> NCQA is a private, 501 &copy; (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a driving force for improvements throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <strong> <h4>What brought you to Simmons to study in the MBA program?&nbsp;</h4> </strong></div> <p>It was extremely important for me to have a strong academic foundation in place early on in my career. I was immediately drawn to the <a href="">Health Care MBA</a> program at Simmons because I was interested in the business side of health care. Unlike other programs, Simmons' curriculum was tailored specifically to health care professionals. This meant that not only could I work full-time and go to school, but I could learn from a perspective that was immediately applicable to my job &mdash; the program allowed me to apply what I was learning in the classroom to what I was doing professionally the next day.&nbsp;</p> <div> <strong> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for your career?</h4> </strong></div> <p> Simmons helped me identify personal areas of interest, including quality and process improvement, project and change management, and leadership &mdash; and then developed those interests into transferable knowledge and skills. I appreciated that the culture at Simmons allowed me to refine these skills in a safe environment that also promoted constructive feedback, which was critical to my own personal growth and development.</p> <div> <strong> <h4>What makes your work rewarding?&nbsp;</h4> </strong></div> <p>If you're not working in a clinical role providing direct patient care, it can sometimes be challenging to see the positive impact your work has on patients and families. I find my work rewarding because it focuses specifically on assuring that high-quality care is provided &mdash; I'm able to see the impact I'm making through data, reporting and earning accreditation.&nbsp;</p> <div> <strong> <h4>Do you have any advice for students who are currently looking for employment?&nbsp;</h4> </strong></div> <p> My best advice is to network! Whenever I work with someone who has a skill or quality that I'd like to emulate, I work to foster a mentor-mentee relationship with that person so that I may learn and grow, personally and professionally. I was fortunate enough to build a solid network in Boston, and have continued to do so now that I am in Denver. This network has proven invaluable when it comes to researching and exploring opportunities, preparing for interviews and even negotiating offers. In addition, it's great to have a group of individuals with different backgrounds and experience to talk through problems with and lean on for support.</p> <div> <div><br /> </div> </div> </div>2018-06-25T00:00:00-04:00{FD2F78A2-880C-487B-ABCE-53F6BA01A1E3} Duarte Armendáriz '18MA/MFA Receives New Vision Award<p><em>Children's literature MFA graduate,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Luisana Duarte Armend&aacute;riz</a> '18MA/MFA received a <a href="" target="_blank">New Vision Award</a> from Lee &amp; Low Books. Her middle grade novel The Regent Enigma, will be published by <a href="" target="_blank">Tu Books</a>, an imprint of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lee &amp; Low</a>. The novel&nbsp;follows eight-year-old Julieta as she tries to catch the robber of a diamond stolen from the Louvre Museum in France. With a father who works as an art handler for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Julieta is no stranger to priceless artifacts and art history. But when her father&rsquo;s job is put in danger, it&rsquo;s up to Julieta to crack the case&mdash;and make it back to Boston before her new baby brother is born. Luisana shares the inspiration behind her novel.&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <h4>Can you tell us about your book? What inspired it?</h4> <p>First came the character, then came the story. But, Julieta wasn&rsquo;t Julieta at first, she was Cora. However, as I began developing the character, I realized she was Mexican-American, so she became Julieta. After completing my first draft, I moved her to Boston, as it made her feel closer. Her love for mythology mirrored mine at a young age, and her spunkiness is a trait I admired when I was younger.</p> <p>I also wanted to make this a story about a girl who was Mexican-American, but I didn't want this aspect of her life as the main focus of the novel. Instead, she became a girl who just happened to BE Mexican-American.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What does diversity in publishing and literature mean to you?</h4> <p>I may have seen writing as a viable career option at a younger age had I come in contact with diverse stories. I think the push for diversity in publishing is a great step in the right direction. It seems that slowly the stories being published are engaging with new perspectives. However, I do feel we have a long way to go, especially on the publishing side. Diverse stories are being written, but there still needs to be a bigger push for diversity in who decides which stories get published.</p> <h4>As a kid, did you read books with diverse main characters, or by authors from diverse backgrounds? </h4> <p>Unfortunately, I don't recall reading a lot of diverse books growing up. My mom made sure that we had access to stories, so she brought us over to the libraries in El Paso. This made accessing stories in English much easier than those in Spanish (which is why I write in English). I think we came in contact with authors she knew, like Beverly Cleary or Leo Lionni. I do remember a Jerry Pinkney here and there, but I don't think diversity was a priority&mdash;not as much as getting books in our hands.</p> <h4>How do you think you would have reacted to your novel, if you read it as a kid?</h4> <p>I think I would have laughed. It's a story that I would have enjoyed, as it has elements of stories I enjoyed (I feel Julieta, if she grew up unchecked, would become an Amelia Bedelia-type character). This book would also inspire me to look for other books in a similar genre.</p> <hr /> <p><em>To learn more about Luisana&rsquo;s book and it&rsquo;s release, sign up for her newsletter at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;or follow her on <a href="">Twitter</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of&nbsp;Luisana Duarte Armend&aacute;riz.<br /> </em></p>2018-06-19T00:00:00-04:00{F34D0777-CD31-431D-B250-1A012D822DDB} Your Orientation Leaders<h4>What's your major?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> <a href="">Nursing</a>.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> Nursing.</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> <a href="">Political science</a> with a minor in <a href="">communications</a>.</p> <h4>Where are you from?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> Highland, New York, a small town 90 miles north of New York City.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> I was born and raised in Stockton, California, but I currently live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts!</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> Bristol, Connecticut.</p> <h4>What residence hall did you live in as a first-year?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> I lived in South Hall&rsquo;s Wellness Community. It was the perfect dorm for me to complete my first two years at Simmons! I was able to live with so many awesome students who share my passion of health and fitness.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> Morse Hall &mdash; on the Arts floor.</p> <p><strong>Emily: </strong>South Hall! (The best hall)</p> <h4>What made you choose Simmons?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> When I first visited Simmons almost three years ago, I immediately noticed a profound sense of community. I could tell that fellow students, administrators and professors genuinely wanted me to succeed and grow into the best version of myself.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> Simmons is well known for its nursing program and it's in a great location. When I went on my tour, I just felt this sense of community and knew this is was it.</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> I chose Simmons for a few reasons. I wanted a small school where I could get to know my professors and get involved on campus. Simmons and Boston ended up being the best fit for me!</p> <h4>What made you make the move to become an Orientation Leader?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney: </strong>During my own Orientation two years ago, I remember feeling incredibly nervous and overwhelmed. Transitioning into college life with completely new surroundings and people was not an easy task for me&nbsp;&mdash; I became an Orientation Leader to guide students through this process. Being an Orientation Leader perfectly melds my love of Simmons with student leadership.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> My Orientation Leaders were a big reason I wanted to become one. They just had this constant positive energy and they really made my transition smooth, and I also wanted to do that for others.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong>&nbsp;I was super homesick when I first came here and had a rough adjustment. I wanted to become an Orientation Leader to help any students who were going through the same thing that I went through.</p> <h4>What are you most excited for at Orientation?</h4> <p><strong>All: </strong>Meeting my orientees!</p> <h4>What's your favorite food at Bartol?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> I think a lot of Simmons students will agree that Nugget Night is the best! Bartol serves both vegan and traditional chicken nuggets, so even plant-based students can enjoy these tiny bites of pure deliciousness.</p> <p><strong>Josephine: </strong>The specialty pizza &mdash; my favorite is the ricotta and balsamic one, but really all of them are good. The pizza corner is what I check first when I step into Bartol.</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong>&nbsp;The Mediterranean orzo dish!&nbsp;</p> <h4>Do you have any tips for first-years?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> Don&rsquo;t underestimate the value of sturdy shower shoes and a comfy robe.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> This will be a confusing time, it&rsquo;s okay to not know what&rsquo;s going on. You probably aren&rsquo;t the only one!</p> <p><strong>Emily: </strong>Besides the typical stuff like don&rsquo;t lose your ID and don&rsquo;t take an 8 a.m. class, my biggest tip is to have fun, but work hard. Your first year is such a great opportunity to explore your interests and try new things. Take a class that sounds interesting &mdash; and get involved!&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us one fun fact about yourselves!</h4> <p><strong>Delaney:</strong> I teach yoga for our <a href="">Fit at Simmons</a> program! I absolutely love meeting new students this way, while also using yoga to destress and unwind from my hectic schedule.</p> <p><strong>Josephine:</strong> I'm a first-generation student!</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> I've watched the entire Parks and Rec series on Netflix 9 times &mdash; it&rsquo;s my favorite show of all time. I think I know every line from every episode.</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p><strong>Delaney: </strong>The day I stepped foot into Boston Medical Center for my first nursing clinical was the most exciting, yet terrifying, day of my college career thus far. Although the nursing faculty do an amazing job of cramming ungodly amounts of knowledge into our brains, clinical is where nursing students truly learn how to excel in their field.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Josephine: </strong>Towards the end of my first year, I became heavily involved in clubs and organizations, and now I hold e-board positions for them. Being in these spaces allowed me to meet amazing people who were just like me that I wouldn&rsquo;t have met elsewhere. My Simmons moment was feeling the sense of community I felt on my first tour, multiplied by ten. It was finding people you&rsquo;ve only known for a few months but being comfortable enough to consider them family.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Emily:</strong> Mine was when I traveled to Dallas, Texas last year for a student government conference with some of my fellow SGA members. I became so close with the people I traveled to Texas with, and we were able to become a more cohesive student government because of it. I've had so many opportunities to get involved and become a leader at Simmons, and every experience has lead me to amazing, lifelong friends.</p> <p><hr /> </p> <p><em>From Left: Josephine Tran-Vong '21, Emily Mills '19 and Delaney Roberson '20</em></p>2018-06-19T00:00:00-04:00{00AD01E4-AF1D-4677-B892-AC12E210FD39} Bernier '18MBA Combines Health Care and Marketing<h4>What made you choose the Simmons <a href="" target="_blank">Health Care MBA</a> (HCMBA) program?</h4> <p>I wanted to learn more about the health care industry. I was working in IT at Philips Healthcare, but I didn't feel that my work had a tangible impact on patients' health. I thought I would enjoy working in hospital administration to be closer to the patient side of health care. After working for a year at a health system, I've since moved on and now work for a telehealth company. The working knowledge I have of the health care industry that I&rsquo;ve acquired through my HCMBA classes supports my growth and advancement, regardless of the business function I'm performing. </p> <p>I chose the HCMBA program at Simmons because it was offered online and the faculty had all worked in health care organizations &mdash; meaning their knowledge was from experience. I also liked that 2/3 of the degree program was focused on health care rather than just one or two electives which you find at the end of most degree programs.</p> <h4>Tell us about your position at <a href="" target="_blank">American Well</a>.</h4> <p>I manage a number of marketing programs for specific health system clients across the United States who offer telehealth to their patients/members. For example, Cleveland Clinic offers telehealth to its patients through a service called Express Care Online. Express Care Online is Cleveland Clinic's branded name for American Well's telehealth product, and Cleveland Clinic doctors are leveraged to provide virtual health visits to enrolled patients.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a marketing manager, I present best marketing practices for new health system clients, act as a project manager for digital marketing projects, and perform data analysis on those marketing programs to keep our clients informed about their telehealth performance and where their marketing dollars will be most impactful. I learned about American Well in my "Health Care Marketing" class after reading a Harvard Business School case. I never thought I'd actually work there!&nbsp;</p> <h4>How has your MBA prepared you for your current position?</h4> <p>The Health Care MBA has been eye-opening regarding most topics that are clinically-focused. I appreciate what I've learned about reimbursement models and quality of care, because those are important ingredients in making telehealth a suitable alternative for a variety of medical practices beyond urgent care. From a high-level perspective, the HCMBA has taught me about leadership and communication, and adapting to different ways of working since that's inevitable in an agile health technology company.</p> <h4>Do you have any advice for current or prospective students in the program?</h4> <p>Be very diligent with time management!&nbsp;Also, remember that it comes to an end. Whether it's been two years or over ten years since you were last in school, it doesn't last forever, and it will all be worth it when you complete your degree. Try to take away one learning experience from everyone and everything &mdash; you never know what could become a valuable resource in the future. </p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bernier</em></p>2018-06-12T00:00:00-04:00{E6E94F01-0D19-49FE-B25C-1A2970BF5F42} Welcomes Alumnae/i for Reunion 2018<p>From May 31 to June 3, 272 alumnae/i from classes ending in "3" and "8" returned to campus for Reunion, a weekend of reconnecting with classmates, exploring Boston, and anticipating the future of Simmons. Attendees and their guests participated in a variety of events on and off campus including group tours, mock classes, and class-specific meetings and dinners.</p> <h3>Rediscovering Boston</h3> <p>Alumni explored both new and familiar sites throughout Boston. They reacquainted themselves with the Fenway area through tours of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Fenway Park. Evening activities comprised of a sunset Duck Boat tour of the city as well as a Boston Pops performance of the Broadway hit, <em>On the Town</em> at Symphony Hall.</p> <p>Saturday evening, alumni socialized and reminisced with members of their respective classes in a series of dinners held all over campus and Boston. Our recent alumni gathered at Bleacher Bar in Fenway for the annual GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) party. </p> <h3>Becoming a student again</h3> <p>Alumni had the opportunity to see Simmons from the perspective of current students with walking tours of the academic and resident campuses. On Saturday morning, they revisited the classroom for two Boston course sessions taught by Professor <a href="">Lena Zuckerwise</a> and Professor <a href="">John Lowe</a>. Alumni familiarized themselves with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C930C8EEA6614F4ABE0325A32A9EBB46&amp;_z=z">Simmons PLAN</a>, the updated general education curriculum, and the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=14870956522B4065AB39B8B6A6FC96B6&amp;_z=z">new university structure</a>, which will become effective in Fall 2018.</p> <p>Later in the afternoon, Susan Antonelli, Dean of Students, and Professor <a href="">Gary Bailey</a>, MSW, ACSW facilitated an interactive discussion on the history of activism at Simmons and invited alumni to share their insight and questions on social change and leadership. </p> <h3>Envisioning the future of Simmons</h3> <p>President Helen Drinan '75MS, '78MBA presented her State of the College remarks on the naming of Simmons University and other campus news, establishing the vision of what's to come. </p> <p>Friday morning, <a href="">Judy Beal</a>, dean of the new College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, moderated a panel discussion on women in STEM and how Simmons is set to prepare future generations of engineers, scientists and mathematicians to excel in male-dominated fields. The panelists included members of the Simmons community from various STEM backgrounds: Mathematics Professor <a href="">Donna Beers</a>; Chemistry Professor <a href="">Jenna Canfield</a>; Connie Lewis '63, Analyst with the Mitre Corporation; and <a href="">Kimberlee Hixon</a> '17, Novartis Fellow. </p> <p>A highlight of Saturday was a screening of the tribute video of the late Gwen Ifill &lsquo;77, &lsquo;92HD. Attendees gathered to watch the tribute in the Main College Building, which will house the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities wing, scheduled to&nbsp;open in Fall 2018. Following the viewing, Judy Phair King &rsquo;68, Terri Messer &rsquo;68, and current communications student&nbsp;<a href="">Nasyria Taylor</a>&nbsp;&rsquo;19, led a discussion on the significance of naming the new College after Ifill.</p> <p>"Gwen Ifill has left a legacy for students that look like her to follow her lead and be unapologetically who they are," said Taylor. She hopes the College's name will remind its future students of Ifill's impact on the communications field. Fiftieth Reunion classmates King and Messer also shared remarks of pride in the naming and admiration of Ifill as a trailblazing journalist.</p> <h3>Celebrating alumnae/i</h3> <p>Saturday's program culminated with the Alumnae Recognition Luncheon in the Linda K. Paresky Center to acknowledge the philanthropic and volunteer support of our alumnae/i community. This year's Reunion classes raised over $1.1 million in support of the Simmons Fund and scholarships. Luncheon attendees then warmly welcomed the Class of 1968 into the Half-Century Club during the traditional Daisy Chain. </p> <p>The weekend concluded with a heartfelt Alumnae/i Awards Ceremony in Alumnae Hall. Exceptional alumnae nominated by their peers were presented awards in recognition of their service to Simmons and other causes. Lenore Epstein Blum '63 received the Alumnae Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive work in getting more women and girls in math and science fields. The following recipients were also recognized:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Community Service Award: Nicole Bowen Hardy '91 </p> </li> <li> <p>Alumnae/i Service Award: Janet Trafton Tobin '67 and Nancy Sandler Gavrin '58</p> </li> <li> <p>Recent Alumnae/i Achievement Award: Melissa Gersin '10</p> </li> </ul> <p>Thank you to all our attendees for celebrating the cherished memories made at Simmons!</p> <hr /> <p><em>You can view our Reunion 2018 photo album on <a href="">Flickr</a>.</em></p>2018-06-11T00:00:00-04:00{E1EE1165-D596-4BDB-A422-C5731EDB742E} Jo Trigilio Named the 2018 Pride Marshal<p><em><a href="">Professor Jo Trigilio</a> has been an influential activist within the LGBTQ community since 1985 and is honored to be the Pride Marshal for the 48th Annual Boston Pride Parade.&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <h3></h3> <h3>How Pride began</h3> <p>Gay Liberation marches began in cities across the U.S. in June 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, which took place in June 1969 outside of New York City's Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall Inn, frequented by working class LGBTQ people, many of whom were people of color and gender non-conforming, was a regular target of police harassment. Although LGBTQ people often fought back when gay bars were raided and all the patrons were forced into paddy wagons, the resistance at the Stonewall Inn turned into a riot that lasted for days. The Stonewall riots are used as convenient marker for the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. In the '80s, as gay culture thrived in many urban centers, the political liberation marches transitioned to celebratory pride parades.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h3>The importance of Pride in 2018</h3> <p>The ongoing purpose of Pride Parades is to demand social justice and to celebrate the positive aspects of being LGBTQ. Homophobia, transphobia and anti-LGBTQ discrimination are alive and well in every corner of the U.S. Hate crimes targeting LGBTQ people are on the increase. LGBTQ youth have one of the highest attempted suicide rates. LGBTQ people who experience multiple forms of oppression face serious forms of social injustice. Pride is a good time for non-profits and community groups to raise awareness, educate people and solicit volunteers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Pride is also about fun, solidarity and community. For most people, their first Pride is an awesome and unimaginably empowering experience. For one day a year, thousands upon thousands of LGBTQ people congregate in the city. I went to my first Pride march 33 years ago, and I'm still thrilled and awed every year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <h3>How to be an ally</h3> <p>This is not a special month. I'm queer, gender non-conforming and an LGBTQ activist every day of the year. The worst mistake that allies can make is thinking that they only need to do something during Pride month. Being an ally to a group of people that faces systematic discrimination and social injustice is a full-time job with no vacations. Social justice is about doing the ethically right thing. Doing nothing, acquiescing to the homophobic, transphobic, sexist and racist status quo, is unethical. Allies to any oppressed group can do the following:</p> <ul> <li><span>Continually, proactively educate yourself about different forms of oppression. Many people experience multiple forms of intersecting oppressions, so it&rsquo;s important to learn about all forms of oppression.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span>Listen to the voices of those from oppressed groups. What are they saying they need?&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span>Be humble. Don&rsquo;t be paternalistic, and don&rsquo;t pat yourself on the back for doing the right thing.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span>Reflect on your own privilege and work to change the systems that prevent others from having the same access to the goods and services of society.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <h3>The role of Pride Marshal</h3> <p>I like to joke that I am a professional queer. I've been an activist in the LGBTQ movement since 1985. I've been deeply immersed in LGBTQ community and culture for just as long. I've been teaching courses in LGBTQ studies for over 30 years. I served on the executive organizing committee of the Boston Dyke March for 14 years, growing the march from 300 participants to over 2000. Much of my scholarship focuses on LGBTQ issues. For someone like me, being elected the Marshal of Pride is an incredible honor.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span>But, the real truth is that I was nominated by the 2017 Grand Marshal to use my position to help address the growing tensions between some community groups and Boston Pride. I </span>campaigned and was elected as an activist. Being the Pride Marshal is mostly a ceremonial role, but that is not my interest. Many community groups are unhappy with the rampant commercialization of Pride and the failure to address intersectional oppression at a deeper level. In this political climate, we cannot afford infighting. Simmons colleague, Sasha Goodfriend, and I have been meeting with community groups in an effort to help the Pride committee better understand the nature of the growing complaints.</p> <hr /> <p><em><span class="image-left"><img height="171" alt="Headshot of Jo Trigilio" width="200" src="~/media/F679F00168E24DE996880AC0C1F72185.ashx" /></span></em><em><span class="image-left"> </span></em></p> <em> <br /> <br /> <p style="display: inline !important;">Jo Trigilio is a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of Simmons' <a href="">gender/cultural studies</a> program. Jo Trigilio received a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in Feminist Theory from the University of Oregon.&nbsp;</p> </em> <p><em></em></p> <p><em></em></p> <em> <p style="display: inline !important;">Professor Trigilio has a special interest in the intersection of theory and practice, specializing in oppression/liberation theories, including feminist and gender theories, race theories, and queer theory.</p> </em> <p><em></em></p> </div>2018-06-07T00:00:00-04:00{07F2EC23-0241-420C-BC8D-01031E675907} of Business Celebrates Graduates<p>On Thursday, May 17, the <a href="">School of Business</a> celebrated over 100 dedicated students who worked hard and completed their degree requirements in four programs: Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Health Care, Master of Health Administration, Dual degree program: Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work, and undergraduate business management.&nbsp;</p> <p>Students finishing their degree requirements in July, August or October were also honored. Associate Dean <a href="">Patricia Deyton</a>, newly appointed Business School Director Michel Delorme, and program faculty and staff celebrated their remarkable accomplishments.</p> <strong> <h3>Congratulations to the May 2018 graduates:</h3> </strong> <p> <strong>MBA:</strong> Jillian Augusta, Kristin Bell, Vanessa Etienne, Vonnessa Goode-Knight and Jenna Tinsley*&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img height="244" alt="Picture of May 2018 business administration graduates" width="244" src="~/media/0A2A48ABEDBB45FB99E1C203113EF89E.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>MHA:</strong> Brian Johnston</p> <p><strong>Dual d</strong><strong>egree MBA/MSW:</strong> Dennishia Bell and Vivian Ho</p> <p><strong>Business management</strong><strong>&nbsp;(pictured right):&nbsp;</strong>Veronica Arnoff, Madison Darrah, Maura Domkouski, Zoe Eckert, Elizabeth Eddy, Valarie Frost, Samantha Gilliam, Kayla Humel, Mehwish Irfan, Diana Lam, Molly McDonald, Nhung Nguyen, Natasha Ouimette, Heather Provost,&nbsp; Elizabeth Rea-Wilson, Azka Siddiqui, Sonya Sondhi and Tenley Weinstein</p> <strong> <h3>Congratulations to the School of Business graduates of August 2017, October 2017 and January 2018:</h3> </strong> <p> <strong>MBA:</strong> Olga Alarcon, Lilian Alvardo, Jennifer Banks, Gleny Burgos, Patty Collinsworth**, Jodi Delibertis, Eileen Durgin, Amanda Galban, Kelly Harris, Megan Higgins, Anne Hillier, Erin O&rsquo;Connell and Lindsay Winkler</p> <p><strong>MBA in Health Care:</strong> Gabriel Arato, Christopher Ascencio, Latoya Brewster, Katherine Brock, Traynor Canny*, Laura Carroll, Megan Cicchese, Lucas Copperman, Westley Evans, Elizabeth Friary, Cherie Goodrick, Brendan Jackson, Jennifer Kent, Margaret McCleary**, Maura Millette, Brenna Murphy, Sarah O&rsquo;Shaughnessy, Blerina Rista, Elisabeth Roughan, Louise Secordel*, Aisha Twells, Lillian Vautour, Jennie Vital, Kelly Webb and Lisa Wu</p> <p><strong>MSM:</strong> Faith Castiglione, Theresa Griffin, Kristina Pechulis, Vivian Phelan, Sara Purisky, Julie Thermidor, Fatima Smith and Jaunita White</p> <p><strong>Business management:</strong> Trang Nguyen</p> <p> See the <a href="~/media/7D98F5068D3F4D1CBED9405AEC1BE808.ashx" target="_blank">full list of Academic Awards</a>, Teaching Awards and Honor Societies Awards given out to the 2017-2018 faculty and graduate students.</p> <hr /> <p><em>**Highest Honors, *High Honors</em></p> <div><br /> </div>2018-06-06T00:00:00-04:00{273FF0FB-872A-454C-82C9-A6384D34E8FC} Kolosseus Craig ’06MS on International Organizational Development<h4>Can you tell us a bit about the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)?</h4> <p>ECLAC is part of the United Nations Secretariat supporting Latin America as its economic commission. My colleagues work closely with regional governments on cooperative goals and carry out research studies about social, economic and environmental policies. I currently work in ECLAC&acute;s headquarters in Santiago, Chile. There are smaller offices in different parts of the region, and I worked at one in Mexico City for four years before coming to Santiago.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Tell us about your role.</h4> <p>I lead all the local learning activities and performance management as well as collaborate closely with global Learning Managers all over the world. Some of our learning activities include an extensive language program that teaches the six official UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Russian) and one important regional language, Portuguese to internal employees and some local embassy&nbsp;personnel. We run the training parts of new technology implementations in the organization such as a new Enterprise Planning System (ERP) or knowledge management platform.&nbsp;</p> <p>In Performance Management we teach sessions about goal-setting, giving and receiving feedback, and work closely with managers and staff to make the evaluation process useful to everyone. One of the most interesting parts of my work is identifying knowledge gaps in the organization and designing effective and creative ways to meet those learning needs, perhaps with an online course, coaching or a mentorship program. My passion is to see staff continue to learn and grow throughout their careers at the UN.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>How did your time at Simmons <a href="">School of Library and Information Science</a> (SLIS) prepare you for your current work?</h4> <p>As far as the coursework, the "Management," "Evaluation of Information Services" and the "Usability" courses have served as an important base that I've built on throughout my career. Also, during my studies, I worked at the SLIS Tech Lab and supported the Learning Management System (LMS). Having a background in technology support has helped me in all of my post-masters jobs. And lastly, by having Simmons SLIS located in Boston&mdash;where great minds converge&mdash;I was able to build a strong network and know-how that I've relied on ever since.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What advice would you give to current students?</h4> <p>The UN is cutting back on libraries, a global trend that is probably more pronounced in international contexts than the US with its long library history. Case in point, my library position in Mexico City was cut after I moved to Santiago. Considering that, if you want to work internationally, I'd recommend developing a wide-range of knowledge and skills and not label them as library-specific for your job hunt. Show your strengths and the impact of the work that we do as knowledge professionals.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Amelia Craig.&nbsp;</em></p>2018-06-05T00:00:00-04:00{B1924F16-C724-4A27-85B0-0198C524DB4A} Vaeth '18MA Studies Conflicting Narratives Within History<h4>You recently graduated from the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D25D31BB3159426B8FC02CCC5EF6EC92&amp;_z=z">MA in history</a> program at Simmons. What's next for you? </h4> <p>I'll be pursuing a Ph.D. at Brandeis University, focusing on a comparative study of history school textbooks published in the postwar period, specifically dealing with WWII events.</p> <h4>Why did you choose to pursue graduate studies in history?</h4> <p>After working as a high school teacher for a year, I knew I wanted to continue my education, and specifically continue studying history. I moved to Massachusetts with my husband in hopes of pursuing higher education, and history was a natural choice to me as it has always been a passion. I love hearing stories and researching!</p> <h4>What drew you to the graduate program at Simmons? </h4> <p>Although I applied to some bigger universities, I knew I would work well in a small classroom setting and enjoy the close cooperation with professors. What really sold me on Simmons was my meeting with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=BC736B31E4FA402D91AECD220AB5FFD4&amp;_z=z">Dr. Ortega</a>, who was interested in my research focus and gave me a lot of support and ideas for continued growth. </p> <h4>What was the focus of your graduate thesis?</h4> <p>Conflicting narratives in Norwegian textbooks. I looked at how the Norwegian identity has been developed over decades (from 1946 to 2008), and also how it has presented conflicting ideas over time. I outline the western narrative and also Norway's perceived role in the global world. </p> <h4>Did you have a favorite class at Simmons?</h4> <p>It is a tough choice, but my most memorable class &mdash; and what ended up surprising me the most &mdash; was the Latin America class with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=94D988BC9FDC42ADAFFD98786DD85EC1&amp;_z=z">Dr. Sullivan</a>. It was my first class on Latin America and initially, I was hesitant to dive into a topic that was outside of my field and I knew very little about; however, it ended up being an extremely rewarding class and I enjoyed the challenge of thinking outside the box. </p> <h4>How would you describe the community at Simmons?</h4> <p>Being a commuter student I worried that I would not be a part of the community. However, I made a lot of friends from class and made it a mission to reach out to my professors and seek advice when I felt stuck or overwhelmed. As a history graduate student, I became part of a close-knit group comprised of both fellow students and professors.</p> <h4>What advice would you give to students considering the MA in history program at Simmons?</h4> <p>Try classes outside of your field in order to challenge yourself and learn something new! Also, be involved as much as you can because two years will feel like nothing!</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>I can't pick one Simmons moment; it's been a lightning-fast process! From feeling nervous about coursework and classes, to finding friends and exciting research topics. The best part has been the support from the people in my program and going through this time with them.</p> 2018-06-01T00:00:00-04:00{01146DCC-1182-4FDF-B84C-5949C8176351} World Statistics with Professor Ed Vieira<p style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; text-indent: 0in;"><em><img height="324" alt="Vieira book" width="250" src="~/media/F706E65CAEAD454087400867A44ED502.ashx" />This interview was conducted by Monica Tham '17 and originally appeared in its entirety in the Spring 2017 issue of <a href="">Management Magazine</a>.</em></p> <hr /> <h4><em> </em> </h4> <h4>You have been teaching applied statistics for many years and have just published a new textbook on the topic. What makes statistics so important? How does it impact people&rsquo;s lives?</h4> <strong style="text-indent: 0in;"></strong> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; text-indent: 0in;">Technology provides a great deal of data at our fingertips that allows for so much data-driven, decision-making potential. People cannot analyze complex problems and develop reliable results by critical thinking alone. Intuition and other human qualitative capacities are limited. Statistics allows us to analyze complex problems and provide reliable results, which humans cannot as easily do. That is not to say that we do not need people. We provide the theoretical or conceptual basis for analyzing a situation, but statistics offers the tools to &ldquo;objectively&rdquo; analyze a situation so that we can make reliable, data-driven, informed decision.</p> <strong> <h4>Everyone is talking these days about &ldquo;big data&rdquo; as the solution to all our business challenges. Are you seeing innovative places where the use of data and statistics is really changing the nature of how businesses are approaching their challenges?</h4> </strong> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; text-indent: 0in;">The world is changing and becoming more digitally data-driven. For the first time in history, we can both capture and generate data in real time, moment by moment. Think about what this means&mdash;we can virtually instantaneously analyze and adjust programs and actions while they are being implemented. For example, in manufacturing, the production of a part can involve information generated from a thousand points and we can analyze these thousand points to adjust and optimize production. We can do the same for online shopping behavior. Statistics can be used to predict buying behavior with a high degree of precision. These are just some examples of how statistics enables us to make informed and effective decisions with unprecedented precision. This is historical!</p> <strong> <h4>What about statistics in health care? What are innovative ways that health care administrators can utilize statistics to improve their operations and patient outcomes? </h4> </strong> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; text-indent: 0in;">Keep in mind that health care statistics covers a broad range of areas such as medical device development and testing, drug development and clinical trials, patient satisfaction studies, a host of health care costs and insurance issues, patient compliance research, evaluative research, and related informatics (data storage and retrieval).</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 16px; text-indent: 0in;">Through the use of health care analytics, which deploys advanced software and hardware technologies, we can monitor and adjust our research or treatment based on the collection of data in real time. In the area of sports science there is ongoing research that examines the relationship between the body, mind, and physical performance including how adjustments in the environment can impact performance. Other research examines the interaction between health care professionals and patients. For instance, research found an association between patient psyche and the color of a nurse&rsquo;s uniform.</p> <hr /> <em>To read the full interview, check out the <a href="~/media/9B1898281A1C4015A728FF68A36EA8FE.ashx" target="_blank">Spring 2017</a> issue of Management Magazine.</em>2018-05-25T00:00:00-04:00{14870956-522B-4065-AB39-B8B6A6FC96B6} College Announces University Designation<p>Simmons College announced today that it will become Simmons University effective September 1, 2018, and will introduce a new academic structure, including four new colleges led by <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C32D984E4DBD4A5CBBFBB1025C005154&amp;_z=z">four recently appointed deans</a>. The announcement is the culmination of a strategic planning and visioning process begun in 2011.</p> <p>&ldquo;The hard work we've been doing on our academic redesign; on real estate use and opportunities; on improving student services and retention; and on strengthening our academic programs has positioned Simmons very well,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">Helen G. Drinan, President of Simmons College</a>. &ldquo;Given the size and scope of our programs, including online graduate programs with national and international reach, &lsquo;university&rsquo; is a more accurate description of who we are and where we are going. We&rsquo;re looking forward to a very exciting future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Founded as a women&rsquo;s college in 1899, Simmons has evolved to become a complex urban university dedicated to innovative teaching and engaged learning in the liberal arts and the professions. In the new structure, Simmons University will continue to offer an <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=90099AF2A5AC467FA9E1CBC3FD2D865C&amp;_z=z">undergraduate program</a>&nbsp;for women and numerous <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1DF7F3B388E14A6E894FE4F9A04F6DB9&amp;_z=z">graduate programs</a>&nbsp;open to all.&nbsp;</p> <p>Simmons University will consist of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F41202130B524C6DADDF42885C61020A&amp;_z=z">Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities</a>; the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice; the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences; and the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. Several of Simmons&rsquo; well-known professional schools&mdash;including the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, the School of Library and Information Science, and the School of Business&mdash;will retain their identities and live within the colleges alongside other existing departments and programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;The new Colleges each underscore Simmons&rsquo; signature strengths, combining distinct disciplinary preparation with interdisciplinary emphases, inter-professional approaches, and attention to rapidly evolving fields of study and practice,&rdquo; said <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=79FA7091961B41DDBD427ED433684865&amp;_z=z">Katie Conboy, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President</a>. &ldquo;Together, the four new Colleges reflect the University&rsquo;s commitment to a culture of inclusive leadership, social justice, global perspective, and civic engagement.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In the last several years, Simmons has experienced growing enrollments in its undergraduate program; doubled its graduate enrollments; and launched an international version of its successful <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E3CD40050E154AE59FAF9A0DB7E6DAA3&amp;_z=z">women&rsquo;s leadership conference</a>. Simmons also completed the largest fundraising campaign in the college's history.&nbsp;</p> <p>The new academic structure is the result of an intensive two-year process that involved the entire Simmons community in designing a forward-looking organizational structure that honors Simmons&rsquo; ongoing commitment to women&rsquo;s undergraduate education and serves the entire student population.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;All Simmons University graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and collaborative skills needed to engage the complex challenges of an interconnected world,&rdquo; said President Drinan.</p> <p>The Class of 2019 will be the first graduates under the Simmons University designation. Learn more about our <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E9390445030646CF85E2029E638CBF57&amp;_z=z">university designation</a>.</p>2018-05-24T00:00:00-04:00{95365647-A106-4293-9EFC-A9F3856AB767} Unexpected Choice Can Be the Right Career Fit<p><em><img alt="Danielle Zoller" src="~/media/A8568B9C05D74828857E54D55A8D359A.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" class="image-right" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" />Danielle Zoller is a Jail Librarian for the D.C. Public Library. She&rsquo;s been working in correctional libraries for the past 6 years. She received her BA in English literature from Roger Williams University and her MS in library science from Simmons.</em></p> <h4>What led you to this career path?</h4> <p>I didn&rsquo;t plan on becoming a Jail Librarian. I actually didn&rsquo;t know much about correctional libraries at all. After graduating from <a href="">Simmons School of Library and Information Science</a> (SLIS), I began working in the technical services department at a law firm library. I quickly realized that being &ldquo;behind-the-scenes&rdquo; of a library wasn&rsquo;t for me, so I began looking for new jobs. I saw that the Corrections Corporation of America&nbsp;(CCA, now CoreCivic) was looking for a Law Librarian at the D.C. Jail, so I applied. Luckily, I got the job and it turned out to be a great fit. I really enjoy working with an underserved population and getting the opportunity to connect with people that I normally wouldn&rsquo;t. After a few years with CCA, I began working as the Jail Librarian for the D.C. Public Library (DCPL).</p> <h4>How do you gauge the services/books inmates at the different units will require?</h4> <p>When we first started providing public library services in the D.C. Jail, we administered a survey to inmates to gauge their reading interests. DCPL&rsquo;s Collections Department used the results from that survey to begin building the collection. Now, we continue to purchase new materials based off of inmate requests, but also from the observations and interactions that DCPL staff have with inmates.&nbsp;<span class="image-right"> &nbsp;<img height="244" alt="Jail Library" width="244" src="~/media/4D5303BE6AC8495E82B3705D3573AAAA.ashx" /></span></p> <h4>What kind of technology is available to inmates?</h4> <p>Through the Jail&rsquo;s Law Library, inmates have access to computers that are equipped with Microsoft Word and a Lexis Nexis hard drive. There is no internet connection, as this is prohibited. Through DCPL, we&rsquo;ve recently begun piloting a Playaway program with a small group of inmates. Playaways are pre-loaded portable media players. They&rsquo;re great for institutions because they require no downloads, no set-up time and no wifi.</p> <h4>Are there certain titles that are not allowed to circulate?</h4> <p>The Department of Corrections has a prohibited items policy that we follow. The main thing is that all books must be paperback. Content-wise, books are prohibited if they glorify violence, drugs and gang-relations, or contain nudity and sexually explicit subject matter.</p> <h4>How has the service changed over the last four years?</h4> <p>The D.C. Jail operates two buildings, the Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF) and the Central Detention Facility (CDF). In the beginning we were providing mobile book cart services at CDF. We now operate a walk-in library at CTF. Inmates housed in CTF are able to come down to the library once a week and browse the collection, talk with library staff, check-out books, etc. We still operate the mobile book cart at CDF on a weekly basis. We&rsquo;ve also increased the programs that we offer to inmates. We&rsquo;ve been able to host book clubs, author talks, summer reading, poetry workshops and more.</p> <h4>What kind of support do you offer inmates upon release?</h4> <p>When inmates are being released from the facility back into the community they are given the opportunity to sign-up for a DCPL library card. If they're interested, they fill out an application and are immediately given a library card and a DCPL brochure which outlines the services our branches offer&mdash;access to computers, employment &amp; education support, legal services and family programs&mdash;as well as a map of DCPL locations.</p> <p>My advice for those considering correctional librarianship: you need to be extremely flexible and patient. You often don&rsquo;t have control to walk around the institution freely. You&rsquo;re always waiting for security staff to unlock a door or control an elevator for you. Safety and security are always the top priority, meaning at times programs, including library services, have to be put on hold if the institution has a situation to deal with. Also, the profession can feel isolating at times&mdash;so make sure you stay connected with other librarians either through your public library system or ALA prison listservs!</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Danielle Zoller '12MS.</em></p>2018-05-23T00:00:00-04:00{3F046A2C-4F1F-4AC7-8A3E-4B5383D7791D} the 113th Simmons Commencement<p>We're still buzzing with excitement from the <a href="" target="_blank">113th Simmons Commencement</a>! In front of their friends and families, 301 undergraduate and over 1,000 graduate students received their Simmons degrees. This inspiring day included Commencement addresses from bestselling and highly decorated author <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F0C76F353F364250BA26C10413A600D0&amp;_z=z">Jacqueline Woodson</a> and longtime non-profit leader <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F0C76F353F364250BA26C10413A600D0&amp;_z=z">Joan Wallace-Benjamin</a>.</p> <p>In our morning undergraduate ceremony, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a> welcomed attendees and introduced the student speaker, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=19381ADD598540F4A2EC58D880654BAF&amp;_z=z">Tozoe Marton '18</a>, whose speech was selected out of a record number of submissions. </p> <p>Marton spoke of her journey from Ghana to Simmons and thanked her father and step-mother for fostering her passion for learning. Marton credited Simmons for <a href="" target="_blank">linking this passion</a> to "a lifelong purpose" and concluded with a call to action for her fellow graduates: "we must use the tools we have gained at Simmons to guide us and create positive change in the world."</p> <p>2018 Class President, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D88839BF9DF94FC0919DE9E2EAB3482E&amp;_z=z">Maggie Belfi '18</a> was presented with the Joan Melber Warburg '45, '97HD Leadership Award. This honor is awarded to a Simmons senior who displays commendable leadership abilities and devotes these abilities to making positive change. </p> <p>In her undergraduate Commencement address, Woodson <a href="" target="_blank">challenged</a> the graduates to step out of their comfort zones and to help others whenever they are able. &ldquo;You, my fierce Simmons Class of 2018, have a story to tell," said Woodson. "You have a right now, to do the work you were meant to do."</p> <p>Woodson was presented with an honorary degree along with Frieda Garcia, the founding director of La Alianza Hispana and former executive director of United South End Settlements (USES).</p> <p>A record number of Masters and Doctoral degrees were granted in the afternoon graduate Commencement ceremony.</p> <p>During her graduate Commencement address, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F0C76F353F364250BA26C10413A600D0&amp;_z=z">Joan Wallace-Benjamin</a> encouraged graduates to <a href="" target="_blank">become involved</a> and use their abilities to make positive change in their communities:</p> <p>"As you graduate and move into the next phase," said Wallace -Benjamin, "don&rsquo;t just ask yourself what you want to be, but instead what problems you want to solve."</p> <p>Wallace-Benjamin received an honorary degree along with the Honorable Leslie E. Harris, Associate Justice, Suffolk Juvenile Court (Ret.).</p> <p>Congratulations to our 2018 Simmons graduates! For more highlights from Commencement check out <a href="" target="_blank">#Sims18</a> on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>! </p>2018-05-18T00:00:00-04:00{52035421-8F3F-4186-9E2C-1D2D6CC617C6} the Song of Simmons<p>As <a href=";t=12s" target="_blank">Simmons seniors</a> prepare to graduate this week, one <a href="">Commencement</a> tradition is waiting to be heard once again: the song "Forward, Ever Forward," by Beatrice L. Gilman and Ruth Scully, Class of 1920. Simmons faculty, students and many proud family members will sing this unique Simmons song as they celebrate the milestone of graduation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Celebrating through song is not a new tradition to the Simmons community. Pictured above is the Class of 1918 singing on the steps of the Colonnade &mdash; 100 years ago!</p> <p>In the 1935 <em>Simmons Songbook</em>, Simmons <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=868827DF52B84EEE90D3591AEBACAAE6&amp;_z=z">President Bancroft Beatley</a> said it best, "We all sing because we must, and especially when we gather together. In this way we express our feeling and pass on our love to the newer members of the group. It is fortunate for Simmons that she has students and alumnae who prize her songs and have the will to preserve them. To them we are deeply indebted. We shall often express our gratitude by singing because we must."</p> <p><br /> </p> <h4>How well do you know the words to <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C8068D20DB994DC6828DAA5978202347&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">"Forward, Ever Forward"</a>?</h4> <p style="float: right !important;"><a title="Click to download Forward, Ever Forward Sheet Music" href="~/link.aspx?_id=C8068D20DB994DC6828DAA5978202347&amp;_z=z" target="_blank"><img alt="Sheet Music of Forward - Ever Forward" src="~/media/FBE1204C82234F60B4F896483ACF548B.ashx" style="border: 1px solid #eeeeee;" /></a></p> <blockquote style="width: 74%;"> <p>Forward, ever forward, gaily swing along.</p> <p>Ev'ry heart quick pulsing with a love for Simmons strong.</p> <p>Tread your troubles underfoot and leave them all behind,</p> <p>with ideals of service glad ever in your mind.</p> <p>Forward, ever forward, backward never turn.</p> <p>Life and love and hope before us, brighter fame to earn.</p> <p>Cast your doubts and fears far from you, full of courage high.</p> <p>Keeping Simmons in your hearts as you're marching by.</p> </blockquote> <br clear="all" /> <hr />2018-05-17T00:00:00-04:00{A8885A55-801C-40BA-9D8B-6E6E06BD7467} of Library and Information Science New Arrivals<p>We're excited to announce the arrival of two new members of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences (COSIS) administrative team: COCIS Dean Marie desJardins and SLIS Division Director Sanda Erdelez.</p> <p><strong> Dr. Marie desJardins</strong> will be joining the Simmons community as the Dean of COCIS in the fall 2018 semester. Dr. desJardins is currently the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering and Information Technology and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. Dr. desJardins researches in the area of artificial intelligence and is a passionate advocate for women in technology. She is a prolific scholar, an award-winning teacher, and a mentor who has received national recognition for advancing women in computing.</p> <p><strong> Dr. Sanda Erdelez</strong> will be joining SLIS in June 2018 as its new Division Director. Dr. Erdelez worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and as an Associate and Full Professor at the University of Missouri School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT). While at the University of Missouri, Dr. Erdelez served as the Chair of the SISLT Library and Information Science Program and as the Associate Director for Education at the Missouri Informatics Institute.&nbsp;As a Fulbright Scholar from Croatia, Dr. Erdelez received a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse University.</p> <h4>SLIS will also be welcoming four new full-time faculty members in the fall 2018 semester</h4> <p> Assistant Professor <strong>Ann Graf</strong> is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Wilwaukee who teaches and researches in the area of information organization. Her dissertation research relates to the documentation and organization of online photographic collections and her research agenda builds on this interest and addresses domain analysis in general and information organization systems for art documentation and controlled vocabulary development and usage by specific domain communities more specifically. Prof. Graf will be teaching "Information Organization" in the fall 2018 semester.</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Catherine Dumas</strong>&nbsp;is a doctoral candidate at the University of Albany, State University of New York, who teaches and researches in the area of information technology. She has been researching online behavior and focused her dissertation research on the information behavior of "E-petitioners" and the collective action their petitioning represents. Prof. Dumas will be teaching "Introduction to Programming" in the fall 2018 semester.</p> <p> Assistant Professor <strong>Danielle Pollock</strong> is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee who, prior to her doctoral studies, supported a number of research communities as a special librarian. She has been researching innovation adoption patterns in health care environments and is interested in how research communities adopt and use innovative technologies. Prof. Pollack will be teaching "Technology for Information Professionals" in the fall 2018 semester.</p> <p>Senior Lecturer <strong>Donia Conn</strong>&nbsp;has taught for SLIS for nearly 10 years as an adjunct and will be joining the faculty as a full-time senior lecturer for the 2018-2019 academic year. Professor Conn is an expert in preservation and will be teaching "Preservation Management" in the fall 2018 semester.</p> <p>Current Visiting Professor <strong>Jeff Pomerantz</strong> will be joining the SLIS faculty as an Associate Professor of Practice and, beginning in fall 2018, will be assuming the role of Online Program Coordinator. Professor Pomerantz will continue to teach "Metadata" and "Digital Libraries" at SLIS in the fall 2018 semester.</p>2018-05-16T00:00:00-04:00{19381ADD-5985-40F4-A2EC-58D880654BAF} '18: At Simmons, Everyday is a Learning Experience<p><strong>ON PURSUING HER MAJORS:</strong> I was initially an <a href="">international relations</a> major when I came to Simmons, but one day I sat in on a <a href="">sociology</a> class. The social justice aspect of sociology really drew my attention and I became a double major at the end of my sophomore year.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong>&nbsp;I <a href="">transferred</a> to Simmons my second year for financial reasons. However, the reason I decided to stay is because I honestly fell in love with this community.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON SPEAKING AT COMMENCEMENT:&nbsp;</strong>I&rsquo;m truly honored to be selected as the student <a href="">Commencement</a> speaker &mdash; I&rsquo;m both excited and nervous! I decided to audition simply because Simmons has given me so much, and I wanted to give back by sharing my own experience with everyone. I want to let everyone know what a great institution this school is, and the speech does that perfectly &mdash; it mixes personal experience with the mission of this institution. <span class="image-right">&nbsp;<img height="300" alt="Photo of the African and Caribbean Student Union E-Board Members: Kara Walsh '20, Aisha Lawal '18, Ogugua Uchendu '20, Rae&rsquo;Niqua Victorine '20 and Tozoe Marton '18" width="350" src="~/media/C1CF254EC09846CBA85EADFE4B633B3D.ashx" /></span></p> <p><strong>ON THE AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDENT UNION (ACSU):</strong> I&rsquo;m one of the founding members of ACSU, which was established in January 2017. We wanted to create a space for African and Caribbean students to share their cultures with each other, the Simmons community and the <a href="" target="_blank">Colleges of the Fenway</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>As president of ACSU, I've learned several things, but the biggest lesson has been patience. When I started this organization, I had so many amazing events in my head that would allow the community to learn more about African and Caribbean cultures. I realized that while these ideas were great, I needed to take baby steps. ACSU wasn&rsquo;t ready to host the large events that I had in my head, so I needed to be patient with the organization as it grew.&nbsp;<span class="image-right">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>ON HER INTERNSHIP:</strong> My internship with Planned Parenthood consisted of canvassing and staffing the phone bank for the Lydia Edwards for Boston City Council Campaign, and working for the Office of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood&rsquo;s Commonwealth location.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the beginning, I wasn&rsquo;t really excited about working with politicians because I wanted to learn about sexual and reproductive health. After I started working hands-on with politicians who were endorsed by Planned Parenthood, I began to understand the importance of collaboration between non-profits and local politicians. Organizations like Planned Parenthood rely heavily on the policy made by politicians &mdash; it&rsquo;s crucial for Planned Parenthood to support politicians who are in favor of their mission. I now understand the key role that politicians play in improving health care in their respective areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img height="300" alt="Tozoe Marton playing in the leaves on an autumn day" width="350" src="~/media/1E7CFF33D9A24714A2C65C18C885628F.ashx" />ON THE BOSTON DEBATE LEAGUE (BDL): </strong>BDL exposes Boston Public Schools to debate in a way that prepares the students not only for college, but also teaches them how to interact with the world around them.&nbsp;</p> <p>I became a debater for the BDL in 9th grade when I was at the Boston Latin Academy. At the age of 15, I was challenged to think critically about the world around me. Today, I continue to utilize the analytical skills I gained from BDL in class discussions as well as essays.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>When the BDL asked me to be a middle school debate coach, I didn&rsquo;t hesitate to say yes because I understand the impact that debate can have on a student's performance in school. And interestingly, as a debate coach, I noticed that the content I was teaching my debaters were topics I was also learning in my college classes.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>ON BEING PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE:</strong> Honestly, how has Simmons not prepared me? Everyday was a learning experience. From this institution, I&rsquo;ve learned to be resilient in the face of hardship&nbsp;&mdash; this is something that I'll have with me wherever life takes me.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON HER PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:</strong> I'll be attending Brandeis University for my MA in sustainable international development and my MS in global health policy and management.</p> </div> <p><strong>ON HER SIMMONS MOMENT:</strong> I was in <a href="">Professor Saher Selod&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;inequalities course when we were discussing gender and inequality. I said something completely wrong regarding gender identity and another student nicely corrected me. Circumstances like this happen very often, where everyone is learning from each other. I love that I&rsquo;m able to feel comfortable enough in class to not be afraid of being wrong. I've learned a lot from the professors, but even more from the students.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><span></span></p> <hr /> <em>Pictured above: The African and Caribbean Student Union E-Board Members: Kara Walsh '20, Aisha Lawal '18, Ogugua Uchendu '20, Rae&rsquo;Niqua Victorine '20 and Tozoe Marton '18</em> </div>2018-05-16T00:00:00-04:00{5122CD7D-37E0-4331-872D-0F48E9CD2057} School of Library and Information Science Commencement Awards<p>On Tuesday, May 15, the faculty of the <a href="">School of Library and Information Science</a> (SLIS) celebrated the following outstanding students, chosen as recipients of the 2018 Commencement Awards! Faculty and staff were present to celebrate the accomplishments of these students.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p><strong><img alt="Michele Cloonan and Hannah Soltys" src="~/media/27AA854F478B4D44B7FC81A11CD392D4.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" />Hanna Soltys </strong>received the 2018 Estelle Jussim Award for the Visual Arts. The Estelle Jussim Award is given each year to a graduating SLIS student who has demonstrated great promise in the visual arts. It honors Dr. Estelle Jussim, a faculty member who was a distinguished photographic historian and scholar. Soltys has excelled in her academic pursuits and her internships, including an internship at the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CE3AD1B2033E4059BDE1D7EAB3150C62&amp;_z=z" target="_blank">Baseball Hall of Fame</a>. She is currently the archives assistant for the Boston Red Sox and has been chosen for the selective Library of Congress Librarian in Residence program.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p><strong><img alt="Cathryn Mercier and Autumn Allen" src="~/media/C346C8A33B5741EEA416B928A234C9F3.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" />Autumn Allen</strong> received the Writing for Children or Young Adults Award, which honors a graduate student with strong academic performance and outstanding creative work for children and/or young adults. This is the third year of this Children's literature award, and Allen was chosen for her ability to integrate her understanding of literary theory into her writing for children. In the classroom, Allen was praised for listening and challenging her peers in respectful ways, a model of engaged learning. Allen has vision and commitment to give meaningful representation to marginalized voices in children's literature.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p><strong><img alt="Syeda Saffana Anwar and Kyong Eun Oh" src="~/media/80C217C569F3453CB1320DBD332ABACA.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" />Syeda Saffana Anwar</strong> received the 2018 Outstanding Information Science Student Award. The Simmons Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science &amp; Technology awards an annual prize for service to the chapter and academic achievement in information science. Anwar was the NEASIS&amp;T liaison, building relationships between the organization and the student group, while also filling vacant seats on the board and keeping the group running smoothly. She was praised for her commitment to collaboration and building relationships between students and future colleagues in the library and information science profession.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p><strong><img alt="Bridgett Pride and Em Claire Knowles" src="~/media/9EEECAE2E46240AF9AB10651369E89AE.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" />Bridgett Pride</strong> received the 2018 Kenneth R. Shaffer Outstanding Student Award. The award is given each year to a student whom the faculty has identified as outstanding and possessing great leadership potential. It honors Dr. Shaffer who served as director of the School for almost thirty years. Pride's name will be inscribed on the Shaffer plague that hangs in the James M. Matarazzo Student Lounge. Pride displayed exemplary leadership skills as the 2018 LISSA President and project manager for 2018 DERAIL, as well as for planning the Alternative Spring Break and speaking at SLA and New England Archivist annual meetings. She is able to manage others and get things done, with natural charisma that brings people together.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p><strong><img alt="Will Guida and Eric Poulin" src="~/media/4D86E2AD36D9466BB60A9175D35EE772.ashx?h=244&amp;w=244" style="height: 244px; width: 244px;" />Will Guida</strong> received the 2018 LIS West Campus Leadership Award. The SLIS faculty and administration honor an outstanding student in the SLIS Western campus program who best exemplifies the leadership values of academic excellence, community building, service and commitment to the success of other students in the program. Guida showed leadership in and out of the classroom by organizing co-curricular activities for his peers, as well as developing and presenting lunch time workshops in anticipation of student needs.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p><strong><img height="244" alt="Lisa Estabrook, Keegan Charlier, Melanie Kimball" width="244" src="~/media/544B883A6CB34990BB7BABC6EB681D40.ashx" />Keegan Charlier</strong> received of the 2018 Daniel Fleming Award for the Outstanding School Library Teacher Student. This annual award is given in memory of the dedication, commitment to student learning and teaching excellence that Dan Fleming's career as professor, school library teacher and school administrator exemplified. It's awarded to a Simmons graduate student enrolled in the School Library Teacher Program who has demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding achievement in the school library teacher practicum experiences, leadership, and service &mdash; all qualities associated with its beloved and highly esteemed dedicatee, Daniel Fleming. Charlier was chosen for the enthusiasm, curiosity and positive energy she shared with her peers. She was willing to go the extra mile, and showed an investment in her success and that of her peers &mdash; and for her students, as she demonstrated during her practicum.</p> <hr style="clear: both !important;" /> <p><em>Main photo from left: Keegan Charlier, Bridgett Pride, Syeda Saffana Anwar, Hanna Soltys, Autumn Allen and Will Guida.</em></p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Alisa Libby and Naresh Agarwal. </em></p>2018-05-15T00:00:00-04:00{A77DFB49-3483-4B17-A5D7-AC6F9375AAC2} Share: My Simmons Moment<h5><hr /> </h5> <h5>MAKING A DIFFERENCE</h5> <p>While working on homework with one of the second graders at Education Sparks, the student put his pencil down, looked me in the eye and said, "I just really appreciate you being here to help me." It was so touching to see that this program is making a difference in that student's life, and I wouldn't have the opportunity to work with the program if it weren't for Simmons and the Scott/Ross Center.&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Courtney LeBlanc</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>BEING MYSELF</h5> <p>Last semester I received an email from admissions that said, &ldquo;Kayla, it&rsquo;s your time to shine. We need you to be Stormy again." I think this moment perfectly sums up my time here! This community has allowed me to be my goofy self while also respecting me as a person&mdash;as a result, I've never felt out of place at Simmons.&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Kayla Hummel</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>BECOMING A LEADER</h5> <p>Simmons has so many different types of opportunities for developing leadership. I always enjoy hearing about what my classmates are involved in because everyone is always doing something different. Many students have jobs on-campus or off-campus, they volunteer, they tutor, they study abroad, they plan events, they do research, they join clubs, they teach exercise classes, they give tours, they play sports, they do everything! Simmons is full of hard-working students and I love being a part of this unique community.&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Madeline Uretsky</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>BEING INVOLVED</h5> <p>Being an RA this year was my Simmons moment &mdash; it really allowed me to be more involved on campus, grow as a leader and also learn a lot about myself. I've met amazing people along the way!&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Christina Guerrier</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES</h5> <p>I was in&nbsp;<a href="">Professor Saher Selod&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;inequalities course when we were discussing gender and inequality. I said something completely wrong regarding gender identity and another student nicely corrected me. Circumstances like this happen very often, where everyone is learning from each other. I love that I&rsquo;m able to feel comfortable enough in class to not be afraid of being wrong. I've learned a lot from the professors, but even more from the students.</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Tozoe Marton</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>INSPIRING EVENTS</h5> <p>I have two! My first was last spring when I planned and emceed the Leadership Recognition Ceremony for student leaders and groups on campus. It was truly amazing to be part of an event that celebrates individuals and groups on campus that are accomplishing incredible things. Being surrounded by so many inspiring and hardworking people was a great way to celebrate the end of my first year.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> My second was volunteering at the Simmons Leadership Conference. I was so proud to be part of this event and to represent Simmons. The people here are doing amazing things with a tremendous impact and this event is just one example of that!&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Molly McDonald</a>&nbsp;'18</p> <hr /> <h5>THE SIMMONS COMMUNITY</h5> <p>It's been a culmination of thoughts, realizations and appreciation for the Simmons community. I'm proud to be a part of this womens-centered institution that continues to encourage students to surpass any obstacles we might face. Overall, I think that my entire senior year is my "Simmons moment," which makes it that much harder to say goodbye.</p> <p>-&nbsp;<a href="">Kaitlyn Lapeyre</a>&nbsp;'18</p>2018-05-15T00:00:00-04:00{A8EC6985-6547-4DB8-9AD7-D6D29ECA52C0} Barriers & Lack of Access: Christina '18 Talks Health Care<p><strong>ON PURSUING NURSING:</strong> Growing up, I noticed the lack of access to health care in my own neighborhood. The nearest hospital was miles away and there was only one local nurse, so everyone was sent to her. I knew I wanted to be like her so I could help others, educate my patients and bring some much needed changes to the health care systems back home.</p> <p><strong>ON CROSSING CULTURAL BARRIERS:</strong> I'm very passionate about providing culturally appropriate care, which I define as the ability to adequately care for a patient despite language barriers or cultural differences. Although this isn't always easy, because all of us have preconceived notions of people from different cultures, it's important to get to know each patient and individualize their care.&nbsp;</p> <p>Language shouldn't be a barrier to educate your patients and care for them properly. I've always been passionate about learning different languages and cultures. <a href="">French</a>, specifically, has always been a part of my life, so I continued to pursue that passion when I came to Simmons.</p> <p><strong>ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:</strong> Simmons was my top choice because of the <a href="">nursing program</a> and for financial reasons. The scholarships I was awarded made it possible to come to Simmons and have meant the world to me. Because Simmons is a small, women-centered college, I've had so many opportunities to grow, get involved and accomplish many great things. It was one of the best decisions that I&rsquo;ve ever made.</p>2018-05-10T00:00:00-04:00{E77DDA93-D0E8-4DF7-A5C5-1D2DDD838643} Demands Update: May 2018<p>Throughout this academic year, we have shared detailed updates on the progress we are making on diversity, equity, and inclusion at Simmons. We hope you have read the three reports:</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>September 28, 2017 &ndash; Inclusive Excellence Update #1</li> <li>December 1, 2017 &ndash; Inclusive Excellence Update #2</li> <li>April 12, 2018 &ndash; Inclusive Excellence Update #3</li> </ul> <p>We remain very appreciative of the courageous students in the Class of 2016 who asked the College to take a good hard look at our campus culture. We are grateful for their activism and we thank all students, faculty, administration, staff, and alumnae/I who have helped ensure progress on making Simmons a more inclusive community.</p> <p>Many people have approached this work with passion and energy because they recognize the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Simmons. We believe, and hope, everyone can agree that we are on a path to being the Simmons community we all know we can be.</p> <p>Yet, we will be first to acknowledge that there is a great deal more work to be done at Simmons, as there is at virtually every college and university in this country.</p> <p>We cannot achieve everything in the ten demands in just one or two years. This year, we dedicated time and resources to the following Simmons College FY17/18 Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion goals; these goals support the 2015 Ten Demands and benefit the entire Simmons community.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top !important; width: 75% !important;"> <p><strong>Simmons College FY17/18 Diversity &amp; Inclusion Goals</strong></p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top !important; width: 25% !important;"> <p><strong>Goal Supports</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top !important;"> <p>Goal #1 Implement Professional Development for Faculty, Staff, Students, Trustees</p> <p>Goal #2 Manage the Bias Response Protocol Process</p> <p>Goal #3 Plan &amp; Implement Curriculum Enhancements</p> <p>Goal #4 Hire and Retain Diverse Faculty and Staff</p> <p> Goal #5 Implement a new Simmons Multicultural Center</p> <p>Goal #6 Recruit and Retain Diverse Students</p> <p>Goal #7 Plan and Host Strong Programming</p> <p>Goal #8 Make DE&amp;I Prominent in the Strategic Plan - Strategy 2022</p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top !important;"> <p>Demand #3</p> <p>Demand #3</p> <p>Demand #4</p> <p>Demand #8</p> <p>Demand #7</p> <p>Demands #6 &amp; #9</p> <p>Demand #2 &amp; #5</p> <p>Demand #10</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr /> <h3>Simmons College FY 17/18 DE&amp;I Goal #1: Implement Professional Development/Training for Faculty, Staff, Students and Trustees</h3> <p><strong>Supports 2015 Demand #3</strong> - <em>We demand that all faculty and staff of Simmons College be put through rigorous diversity training that emphasizes the requirement that they address micro-aggressions and mis- information in class. As part of this, we also demand that faculty are incentivized to participate in racial justice work as part of the tenure and promotion processes. That the FACES/FYS provide ample training for student facilitators, development curriculum that reflects the history of Boston.</em></p> <p><strong>Leads:</strong> Provost Katie Conboy; Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion Lisa Smith-McQueenie; Assistant Vice President, Talent and Human Capital Strategy Sarah Miller</p> <p><strong>Actions Taken:</strong></p> <p><strong>Faculty Professional Development &ndash; Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion</strong></p> <p>Dr. Patricia Romney of Romney &amp; Associates, Inc. in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Teaching's Dr. Jennifer Herman have provided professional development for tenure and tenure-stream faculty for the past two years. In one-day sessions, faculty have explored diversity, equity and inclusion in their pedagogy and learning environment, utilizing AAC&amp;U's Teaching for Inclusive Excellence framework.</p> <p>A full day seminar, Teaching for Inclusive Excellence Seminar (TIES I), was offered ten times starting in the fall of 2016 and concluding on October 13, 2017. 206 faculty members (over 90% of Simmons College full-time tenure/tenure stream faculty) participated in the seminar, greatly exceeding the participation goal. Seminar evaluations have been strong and we are pleased to see such interest and commitment from faculty to engage in this critical work. TIES I will be offered for all new faculty in September/October 2018.</p> <p>In November 2017, Drs. Romney and Herman introduced Teaching for Inclusive Excellence II (TIES II), expanding the focus to equity and excellence in teaching and learning. The new seminar has been offered throughout the 2017-2018 academic year in eight sessions. The goal is to have 75 - 80 faculty members participate by June 2018. TIES II will resume in fall 2018 and run through spring 2019, enabling up to 90% participation, once again.</p> <p><strong>Staff Training &ndash; Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion</strong></p> <p>As a follow-up to the required online training modules last year, we are now offering an all-day Inclusive Excellence Seminar for staff. Since February 2018, we have held three sessions with 70 staff participating. There are three additional sessions planned through June 2018 and we hope to have a total of 150 staff members trained by that time. Sessions will continue in the summer and fall in order to accommodate as many staff as possible.</p> <p>The seminar was developed with assistance from the Diversity and Inclusion Action Council (DIAC). It addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion; deepening awareness, understanding, and comfort with integrating these concepts into the work that we do. Using a social justice framework, the session explores multiple identities, intersections among identities and experiences of privilege/oppression, and their impact on our lives and work.</p> <p><strong>Student Training &ndash; Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion</strong></p> <p>Building on the success of last year's initiative, the offices of Student Affairs and Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion have partnered, again, to create a multiple-session, undergraduate student leader training series. Aspiring student leaders were required to participate in the Student Multicultural Leadership Conference in late January 2018 held over two days. Simmons staff and external experts facilitated these sessions.</p> <p>Additionally, student leaders will remain on campus after finals in May 2018 to participate in training designed to address inter/intrapersonal awareness, cultural humility, and inclusive excellence. The third (and traditional) training opportunity occurs in August, annually. Kudos to all the RAs, OLs, and organization leaders who have or will participate!</p> <p>Soon, graduate students will have the opportunity to participate in a DE&amp;I learning and development program designed by members of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Council (DIAC). This will be available to our campus and online graduate students.</p> <p><strong>Board of Trustees Training</strong> <strong>&ndash; Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion</strong></p> <p>At the October 2017 Board meeting, the Trustees, Operating Team, and Deans spent the better part of a day engaged in facilitated activities to deepen awareness and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The session also included discussion of the Board's role in supporting the work of the College to integrate inclusive excellence in our mission and institutional operations.</p> <p><strong>Alumnae Association Training <strong>&ndash; Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion</strong><br /> </strong></p> <p>In November 2017, the Alumnae/i Association Executive Board and the Alumnae/i Association Diversity Committee convened to explore social identity, social location and the impact in various environments and interactions. This included a review of cultural intelligence and the mindset that encourages thoughtful dialogue across differences.</p> <hr /> <h3>Simmons College FY17/18 DE&amp;I Goal #2: Manage Bias Response Protocol Process</h3> <p><strong>Supports 2015 Ten Demand #3</strong> - <em>We would like to see repercussions for racist actions performed by professors and administrators or staff. Our micro- and macro-aggressions should be taken seriously and met with the highest level of urgency and care.</em></p> <p><strong>Lead:</strong> Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion Lisa Smith-McQueenie</p> <p><strong>Actions Taken:</strong></p> <p><strong>Bias Response Protocol Use</strong></p> <p>The Bias Response Protocol (BRP) was created to inform, instruct, and support those who have been affected by bias. Additionally, the BPR was designed to educate and to raise awareness in our community about bias and hate incidents that detract from our goal of an inclusive community that is affirming of all members.</p> <p>After completing a six-month pilot implementation of the Bias Response Protocol in FY 16/17, the protocol was formally launched at the start of this year. About two dozen reports have been received through the online Bias Response Report form or the online EthicsPoint Report form. The issues raised in the reports include matters of racial/ethnic, gender, and ability bias. Our Community Advocates have met regularly to ensure that all reports and involved persons are being given the attention they deserve.</p> <hr /> <h3>Simmons College FY17/18 DE&amp;I Goal #3: Plan and Implement Curriculum Enhancements</h3> <p><strong>Supports 2015 Ten Demand #4</strong> - <em>We demand an overhaul of the curriculum that includes and highlights the contributions of people of color across all disciplines. We also demand that this curricular overhaul be student-centered by actively including students of color in the voting, negotiation and decision-making process in academic curriculum committees.<br /> </em></p> <p><strong>Leads: </strong>Provost Katie Conboy, Academic Deans, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching(CET)</p> <p><strong>Actions Taken:</strong></p> <p>The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) and the Office of DEI have been collaborating to lay a foundation for continuing work on DEI-focused curriculum revisions, and specifically, to (1) prepare to collaborate with the incoming, four inaugural deans of the four colleges, and (2) to identify processes and policies to ensure that a focus on DEI in the curriculum is embedded within ongoing, regular work at Simmons, rather than an "add on" or one-time initiative. We have:</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Reviewed best practices and national models for DEI curricular work, including a framework from AAC&amp;U, and identified of evidence-based approaches to inform Simmons's work going forward.</li> <li>Discussed and identified opportunities to embed DEI curricular work within existing processes and procedures, such as aligning the curriculum revision process with the program review cycle.</li> <li>Developed draft processes, and identified possible approaches for assessment, for future curricular revision work as a "starting place" for work with the new inaugural deans.</li> </ul> <p>TIES I and TIES II faculty seminars have put emphasis on curriculum enhancement strategies as follows:</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Teaching for Inclusive Excellence Seminar II (TIES II)</span></p> <p>Faculty participants in the TIES II seminar have:</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Discussed the implications of and how to operationalize equity in teaching, advising, and service.</li> <li>Identified current, evidence-based pedagogies, equitable practices, and opportunities for equitable practices for teaching and student support.</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Teaching for Inclusive Excellence Seminar I (TIES I)</span></p> <p>Topics addressed in the TIES I seminar included:</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Description of a framework for designing an inclusive course/curriculum, with the aim of designing an "explicitly centralizing" course as part of the Inclusive Excellence Framework.</li> <li>Strategies to operationalize the concept of a "curricular thread" related to inclusion and equity in program learning objectives and curriculum maps.</li> <li>Creation of diversity-focused learning outcomes for each course.</li> <li>Understanding what "diversifying course content" means:<br /> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Considering both the content itself and the diversity of the authors.</li> <li>Selecting examples, metaphors, case studies, project topics, etc. that incorporate diversity. </li> <li>Creating assignments that integrate diversity concepts; creating.</li> </ul> </li> <li>Discussing/Identifying</li> </ul> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Curricular Work by Schools</span></p> <p>Schools have been engaged in curricular review processes. Examples include:</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>The <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A0E2A6BA03E8432E81E5188DA8F25C23&amp;_z=z">School of Library and Information Science's</a> Dean's Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion reviewed the syllabi for the required courses and many of the electives and noted the inclusion of diversity and inclusion topics in each. Those teaching core courses have been working together to ensure that students are exposed to these courses in all sections of the core courses. The complete draft document mapping D&amp;I to the curriculum is ready for review, discussion and action.</li> <li>The <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5AD6E1E7284B46A0A8C7DE2A3822319A&amp;_z=z">College of Arts and Sciences</a> have continued their departmental review of curriculum, has included a new question on new course proposal forms that require discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the course, and all of this information will be given to the new deans as the departments become members of new colleges this fall.</li> <li>The <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F17CDFDCB46042828ECC1DF76EF071A0&amp;_z=z">School of Social Work</a> is continuing to review new and existing courses by application of two questions on diversity content: How does the course integrate diversity, oppression and cultural issues? How does the course content require students to apply knowledge about diverse populations? The Curriculum Committee includes a student member who attends, as available. Leadership of SSW student affinity groups worked together to sponsor a micro - aggression project for the entire school. The project generated considerable dialog and led to a meeting with the dean to discuss strategies for students to have a greater voice in identifying strategies by which to address the experiences of students in the classroom and in field settings. Engagement with students and a response to the project are continuing.</li> </ul> <p>Finally, CET programs from 2017-18 have focused on DEI in the design of or teaching individual courses A variety of individual teaching consultations focused on DEI</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>The Leadership Course Design Institute includes a half-day focused on DEI.</li> <li>An overview of DEI at Simmons is included in the New Faculty Orientation content</li> <li>The 2017-18 Faculty Learning Community's topic is "Teaching Strategies to Engage Students of all</li> <li>Cultural Backgrounds"</li> <li>Lunchtime Dialogues include:<br /> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Trigger Warning and Content Warnings: Balancing Student Mental Health with Course Learning Outcomes and Academic Freedom</li> <li>Supporting Students with Special Needs: Understanding and Incorporating Teaching Accommodations</li> <li>Promoting Equitable Engagement in Small Group Projects</li> <li>Rewarding Student Growth Mindset to Enhance Learning</li> <li>Teaching Students with Mental Health Concerns - A Question and Answer Session</li> </ul> </li> <li>Lunch Dialogue with Dr. Joyce Bell on "The Importance of Race-Critical Perspective at a Primarily White Institution" (co-led event)</li> <li>Faculty Book Discussion with Dr. Beverly Tatum on Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (and collaboration on Keynote and other events during her visit)</li> <li>"Creating Accessible Courses for All Students" Accessibility Workshops (four sessions in late May)</li> </ul> <hr /> <h3>Simmons College FY17/18 DE &amp; I Goal #4: Hire Diverse Faculty and Staff</h3> <p><strong>Supports 2015 Demand #8</strong> - <em>We demand an increase in the number of Faculty of Color and Staff of Color at Simmons across all academic disciplines and administrative roles. This increase should meet a 30% minimum representation across all colleges, matching the ratio of students of color in the student body. We also demand institutional support and mentorship for staff of color.</em></p> <p><strong>Leads:</strong> Provost Conboy and Academic Deans (faculty); Amy White, Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement (staff and administration)</p> <p><strong>Hiring Training:</strong></p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>To reinforce best practices when recruiting for faculty and staff, the College continued its partnership with Campus Answers, a Division of Workplace Answers, to provide online training required for all faculty and staff who are, or who will be, supporting a hiring process. The modules are:</li> </ul> <ol> <ol> <li><em>Interviewing for Higher Education Hiring Committees</em></li> <li><em>Interviewing for Higher Education Staff Candidates</em></li> </ol> </ol> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>New this year, the College contracted with EverFi (new parent company to Campus Answers) in FY19 to leverage their additional resources for Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion training offerings for employees. The training programming will be configured and rolled out in FY19.</li> </ul> <strong>Job Advertisements/Postings:</strong> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>In an effort to broaden our ability to attract diverse pools of candidates, we used nine diverse job advertising platforms, adding three new platforms for externally posted faculty and staff jobs over last year's listings. They are: <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li><a href="" target="_blank"></a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"></a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"></a> (new this year)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"></a> (new this year)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"></a></li> <li><a href=""></a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"></a> (new this year / select positions)</li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"></a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"></a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <strong>Increasing Diverse Hires:</strong> <p>In the ongoing effort to support the advancement of the key hiring objectives, below are key actions taken, outcomes and planning from this year.</p> <p><strong>Staff:</strong></p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>The Human Resources department has piloted a "talent business partner" operating model, which pairs HR professionals with managers for recruiting and retention. As a result, we ensure hiring managers have a recruitment strategy that includes developing diverse talent pools, using best practices to qualify and interview candidates, and to develop inclusive onboarding agendas for new hires.</li> <li>Impact: Over the last year (May 2017&ndash; May 2018), the percentage of new staff hires who chose to self-disclose through the new hire onboarding process, and who self-identified as 'Non White'*, was 33%. This is an increase, for the second year in a row, of at least 2 percentage points from the prior year (May 2016&ndash; May 2017).</li> <li>To further advance these efforts, the College recently hired a Talent Recruiter, certified in diverse hiring, to build on the `talent business partner' model and expand the diverse recruiting best practices support for hiring managers. This includes the continuation of in-depth intake meetings with hiring managers to identify department diversity and equity goals, identify and facilitate strategic approaches to proactively developing diverse talent pools and comprehensive and inclusive onboarding plans.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Faculty:</strong></p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Over the last year (May 2017&ndash; May 2018), the percentage of new (non-adjunct) faculty hires who chose to self-disclose through the new hire onboarding process, and who self-identified as 'Non White', was 36%. This is an increase of 5 percentage points from the prior year (May 2016 - May 2017).</li> <li> <p>Last year, the Provost office launched a national multi-dean search for the inaugural appointments of new leadership for our newly structured colleges. The Search Committee(s), made up of over fifteen faculty and staff, were dedicated to finding the most qualified leaders who embody our community values, and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The candidate pool of finalists invited to campus represented a 44% diverse demographic. With the recent announcements of the new Dean appointments, we have a unique opportunity for this new dean "cohort" to introduce additional ideas, efforts and goals to increase and develop the diverse talent among the faculty and, with the support of Human Resources, design meaningful and inclusive onboarding programming for faculty.</p> </li> </ul> <em>*Non-White defined as one or more of the following: American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or two or more races.</em> <hr /> <h3>Simmons College FY17/18 DE &amp; I Goal #5: Open a New Multicultural Center</h3> <p><strong>Supports 2015 Ten Demand #7</strong> - <em>We demand a Multicultural Student Office in the Student Activities Center on the Academic campus as a safe community space where we as students of color can gather and support each other. As part of this initiative, we demand that there be increased staff to support the Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.</em></p> <p><strong>Lead:</strong> Assistant Vice President, Diversity &amp; Inclusion Lisa Smith-McQueenie and Director of Multicultural Student Affairs Noha Edmohands</p> <p><strong>Actions Taken:</strong> Increased Staffing to Support AVP Smith-McQueenie</p> <p>A new Director of Multicultural Student Affairs, Noha Edmohands, was hired in August 2017. Noha has contributed substantially to multicultural student affairs since her arrival. She began her tenure by creating four major goals for her first year - 1) student relationship 2) building the new Multicultural Center 3) intersectional programming and 4) DEI trainings.</p> <p>A new Graduate Intern for Diversity, Equity, &amp; Inclusion, Mellyssa De Paiva, was hired in July 2017. Mellyssa is a 2017 Simmons graduate majoring in international relations and political science. She is currently enrolled in the Public Policy (MA) Program here in preparation for a career in international politics.</p> <p>Celina Fernando is the Diversity, Equity &amp; Inclusion Officer for the Student Government Association. Celina is a junior at Simmons studying Sociology and Political Science. She also serves as Chair of the Like Minds Coalition and Resident Advisor for the Arts &amp; Activism Community.</p> <p><strong>Action Taken:</strong> New Multicultural Center</p> <p>Opening on January 30, 2018, the new Multicultural Center has become a hub of activity and social interactions, already becoming the affirming space we all envisioned.</p> <p>The Picture Project:</p> <p>Using the accent wall in the Center, there is a photo display designed to highlight students and their diverse multicultural backgrounds. The photo project is an opportunity to speak to the individual experiences of students, as well as to bring forward the great talent of student artists behind the camera capturing the images.</p> <p>Changing gallery displays in the Center will serve as inspiration and validation of the multitude of student experiences and will communicate through quotes and pictures that students' identities and expressions are rich, diverse, and should be celebrated.</p> <hr /> <h3>Simmons College FY17/18 DE&amp; I Goal #6: Student Recruiting</h3> <p><strong>Supports 2015 Demand #6</strong> - <em>We demand an overhaul of the office of admissions at Simmons College which includes: We want an honest portrayal of the demographics of people of color on this campus. While we understand that the MOST program is a crucial part of multicultural student recruitment, it provides unrealistic expectations for prospective students regarding the level of representation of people of color at the College. We also demand an increase in the resources allocated for the recruitment of students of color, including having more people of color working in the office of admissions. There should be at least one staff member focused on managing and creating events for the mentorships in the MOST program.</em></p> <p><strong>Supports Demand #9</strong> - <em>We demand that the college meet the financial needs of students of color through merit and need-based scholarships, giving special consideration for first-generation students of color.</em></p> <p><strong>Lead:</strong> VP for Enrollment Management John Dolan</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Each spring, Simmons provides a select group of accepted students with the opportunity to learn about the diverse and inclusive environment at Simmons. MOST (Multicultural Overnight Student Travel) program participants get to know current students and experience firsthand what makes the Simmons community so special. Simmons hosted the program on Friday, March 16th 2018 and brought 32 prospective students to campus!</li> <li>This year's MOST program included some new and exciting features such as a formal partnership with Multicultural Student Affairs and an evening outing at Lucky Strike bowling. In working with Noha Elmohands, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs, the program became much more exciting and robust. First, Noha hosted our Multicultural Open House, which was a great way to highlight this new space on campus. Secondly, there was the introduction of MOST mentors. In the past, all admitted students were matched with an overnight host. This year, mentors were given a group of admitted students (and their hosts) they worked with for the entire program. MOST mentors acted as leaders and facilitated the evening program at Lucky Strike and on campus, which included a current student panel and a fun evening of karaoke. The goal is to continue this mentor relationship once students matriculate at Simmons. A meeting is scheduled in late May 2018 to come up with a plan to implement this formalized mentorship program for multicultural students.</li> <li>The Admission team continued its successful track-record of recruiting students of color. The incoming class for Fall 2018 is diverse with 34% of domestic students self-identifying as African American or Latinex or Asian or Native American. This is an increase in ALANA students from 30% in the incoming class of 2017.<br /> There are seven International students, 12 US Dual Citizen students, 9 US Permanent Resident students, and two US Citizen students who grew up abroad. There are 27 states and five countries represented. Additionally, 10% of our class will be the first in their family to attend college. Simmons College remains one of the most accessible, private institutions in the region as measured by the socio-economics of our entering classes.</li> <li>Unfortunately, Simmons College does not have the financial wherewithal to meet the full financial needs of all students of color. We remain committed to helping all students find additional financial assistance.</li> <li>We have just received funding for the creation of a position for student employment within Student Financial Services for the coming year (FY 18/19). Our intention is to have this individual meet regularly with members of student activities so all students are aware of who they are and their role in assisting with both work-study opportunities and managing a database of outside scholarship opportunities.</li> <li>We were unable to complete another #SimsMatch event given staffing difficulties, however, we continue to regularly update the <a href="" target="_blank">Scholarships@Simmons</a> twitter account with outside scholarship opportunities that are available and applicable to our student population.</li> </ul> <hr /> <h3>Simmons College FY17/18 DE&amp;I Goal #7: Develop Strong Programming</h3> <p><strong>Supports 2015 Ten Demand #2</strong> - <em>Simmons College has a culture of tokenizing students of color. We recognize that this makes students relive the trauma that they experience on a daily basis, sometimes at the hands of their peers and professors, which is why we demand institutional support for students of color, especially black students, in the face of trauma and other racial events on campus, nationally and in the world at large. This includes timely response to these events that facilitates healing for our communities.</em></p> <p><strong>Leads:</strong> Assistant Vice President, Diversity &amp; Inclusion Lisa Smith-McQueenie, Director Multicultural Student Affairs Noha Edmohands, Chair of the Alumnae Association Diversity Committee Theresa Brewer and President of the AAAA Chanel Peters</p> <p><strong>Actions Taken:</strong></p> <p>We have offered many opportunities for community engagement around issues that involve diversity, equity and inclusion. They were: </p> <p><em>Whose Streets?</em></p> <p>This collaborative program included documentary screening and panel discussion of the Ferguson uprising following the murder of Mike Brown. Panelists from the Boston community led this important conversation about what democracy and justice look like.</p> <p><em>Three Lies and a Truth: Toward a Just Democracy</em></p> <p>Sayu Bhojwani, founder and president New American Leaders, based in New York City works across the country to build the power and potential of first second-generation Americans. This Friars Leaders Program:</p> <p><em>Revolutionary Inheritance: Black Professionals and the Black Power Movement</em></p> <p>Dr. Joyce Bell's talk examined the Black Power Movement in the U.S. looking at how Black Power shaped the professions and created frameworks and provided templates for challenging institutionalized racism.</p> <p><em>Recognizing and Uniting Against Systemic Oppression: The Work Starts Here</em></p> <p>The AAEB Diversity Committee in collaboration with SGA, hosted this workshop facilitated by Rebecca Jackson, MSW '09, Director of Community Learning and Racial Equity at the Trinity Boston Foundation. It was an opportunity for the Simmons ALANA community to engage in a discussion of issues of social justice and racism in a safe and liberated environment, and strategies to move toward dismantling injustices through action-oriented processes.</p> <p><em>Understanding Implicit Bias</em></p> <p>Presented by Christopher Dial of Harvard University, this educational seminar explored the science behind the unintentional mistakes that our brains make even when making big, important decisions, and how &ndash; without realizing it &ndash; our minds can lead us to behave in ways that don't align with our personal values.</p> <p><em>Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum Visit</em></p> <p>Author of "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Campus Conversations about Race in the 21st Century." A full day of activities included a Student Lunch and Reception in the Multicultural Center; a Faculty Book Discussion; a Community Keynote, Book Signing, and Reception and a Dinner with college leadership.</p> <p><em>Simmons Alumnae-ALANA Mentoring (SAAM) Program </em></p> <p>The Diversity Committee of the Alumnae Association and the African American Alumnae Association recently launched a pilot-mentoring program for students of color (juniors). The program was developed with the goal of building and fostering meaningful and structured relationships between ALANA-identified<br /> alumnae/i and ALANA-identified students.</p> <p><em>The Black Alumnae/I Symposium</em></p> <p>"The Power of our Presence: Celebrating the Greatness within Us" took place in April with more than 150 alumnae/I joined by students, faculty and staff participating in a weekend of renewal, enrichment, connection and celebration.</p> <hr /> <h3>Simmons College DE&amp;I Goal #8: Make D &amp; I Prominent in Strategy 2022</h3> <p><strong>Supports 2015 Demand #10</strong> - <em>We demand that all of these requests be addressed in the strategic planning for the college with a concrete timeline that is before the end of the Fall 2015 semester.</em></p> <p><strong>Leads:</strong> Provost Katie Conboy and Assistant Vice President, Diversity &amp; Inclusion Lisa Smith-McQueenie</p> <p><strong>Actions Taken:</strong></p> <p><strong>Simmons Strategic Plan - Strategy 2022</strong></p> <p>One of the five strategic goals in the Simmons College 2022 Strategic Plan is to make our community a warm, welcoming, inclusive place that appreciates, values, and respects the humanity, dignity, diversity, and contributions of all its members.</p> <p>Many D E &amp; I goals and tactics are identified in the Strategy 2022. We have made some notable progress on this goal this year with the help and commitment from faculty, staff, students, and administrators.</p> <p>Here is D E &amp; I content from Strategy 2022:</p> <h4>Foster a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community. (Community Culture Redesign)</h4> <p>3.1. Establish leadership and responsibility for fostering diversity, inclusion and equity at Simmons College.</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Establish and articulate a College diversity and inclusion philosophy, mission, and vision.</li> <li>Develop a formal, universally accepted definition for diversity, inclusion, equity, and inclusive excellence at Simmons College.</li> <li>Develop and finalize elements of the Diversity Strategic Plan as a part of Strategy 2022.</li> </ul> 3.2. Create a campus climate, a welcoming culture, and clear policies to ensure that each member of our community experiences regard for their humanity, diversity, dignity, and contributions&mdash;and that there are clear protocols for action when policies are violated. <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Clearly define diversity goals for faculty and staff hiring and for student recruitment.</li> <li>Develop and implement a bias protocol for the College utilizing a bias response team structure.</li> <li>Prepare and submit a proposal for Simmons Multicultural Center reflecting private university best practices.</li> </ul> <p>3.3. Increase the knowledge and skills of faculty, staff, and students to meet the challenges and seek opportunities to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive community.</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Decide on a shared baseline of knowledge about diversity and inclusion across the community and create appropriate educational training and experiential opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.</li> </ul> 3.4. Review the curriculum and co-curriculum in order to enhance, develop, and implement programs and activities designed to foster inclusive excellence for all constituencies and enhance diversity in various forms. <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Implement comprehensive approaches to address diversity and inclusion in the classroom and school experiences of students. Fill curricular gaps.</li> <li>Revise student course evaluations to include feedback about the inclusion of D&amp;I content and the student experience in the classroom environment.</li> </ul> <p>3.5. Design and implement a comprehensive and collective system of responsibility, accountability, and recognition for all diversity and inclusion efforts to sustain a campus culture that promotes our values and mission.</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 14px;"> <li>Develop and implement an ongoing communication plan including updates to key constituencies.</li> <li>Assess and track the progress of the College's goals for diversity and inclusion; evaluate the impact of initiatives as a part of the College's strategic plan and implementation.</li> </ul>2018-05-09T00:00:00-04:00{65552DEC-BC40-4CCC-9530-5BF2D6367C80} of Business Celebrates the 2018 Honor Society Inductees<p>On Monday, April 30, the <a href="">School of Business</a> held their annual Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Honor Society Induction Ceremony. In addition to several graduate and undergraduate student inductees, the chapter also honored Senator Harriette Chandler '83MBA and faculty member,&nbsp;<a href="">Professor Catherine Robbins</a>.</p> <p>The BGS Chapter Honoree, Senator Harriette Chandler &rsquo;83MBA, began her political career in 1991 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1995 and in 2001, was&nbsp;the first woman from Worcester to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate. As a role model for students, her distinguished and impactful career serves as an inspiration to the Simmons community. At the event she encouraged attendees to consider public service and government as a way of putting a business education to work, coupled with personal and professional excellence. Senator Chandler also noted that networking is one of the biggest advantages of being a member of BGS and encouraged all Simmons students to consider her as part of their network.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Professor Catherine Robbins</a>, Program Director of the MBA in Health Care &amp; Professor of Practice, was the BGS Faculty Honoree. Director of the Undergraduate Management Program,&nbsp;<a href="">Professor John Lowe</a>, presented Professor Robbins with this honor and said, "Cathy Robbins is one of those amazing and highly desirable commodities in business education who has outstanding accomplishments in the field of practice coupled with a desire to be an excellent teacher."</p> <p><img alt="Picture of Business School students" src="~/media/D355227BCACC4756A7F377C59077AFB2.ashx?h=260&amp;&amp;w=440" style="float: none !important;" /> <img alt="Patricia Deyton, John Lowe, Cathy Robbins" src="~/media/6F80C5EE628342519511DCC6C51157BB.ashx?h=260&amp;&amp;w=303" style="float: none !important;" /></p> <p>The School of Business would like to congratulate all of the exceptional BGS Honor Society inductees:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Undergraduate honorees: Caroline Latta '21, Anastasia Maher '20, <a href="">Molly McDonald</a> '18&nbsp; and Abigail Willis '19</li> <li>MBA honorees: Lisa Elavsky '18MBA, Vivian Ho '18MBA, Bethany Stewart '18MBA and <a href="">Jenna Tinsley</a> '11, '18MBA</li> <li>Heath Care MBA honorees: Jaclyn Glenn '18MBA, Christopher Holland '18MBA, Stephanie Malanga '18MBA, Tamara Restrepo '18MBA, Alyssa Tomolonis '18MBA and Manjola Ujkaj '18MBA</li> </ul> <hr /> <p><em><span> </span></em></p> <em> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p style="display: inline !important;">Main photo: Senator Harriette Chandler '83MBA and Associate Dean Patricia Deyton</p> </em> <p><em></em></p> <p><em>Middle left photo: Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society inductees</em></p> <p><em>Middle right photo: Associate Dean Patricia Deyton, Professor John Lowe and Professor Catherine Robbins</em></p>2018-05-04T00:00:00-04:00{4AF5E565-D654-4523-B300-91233536DE9A} the Vows: A Look Into Wives in Modern America<p><em>Professor Leonard's book,&nbsp;</em><a href="" target="_blank">Wife, Inc.: The Business of Marriage in Twenty-First Century American Culture</a><em>,&nbsp;<em><em>was recently featured in the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Boston Globe</a>! Here's a glimpse into her study of&nbsp;</em>21st century wives in&nbsp;female-centered media culture&nbsp;and their changing role in modern America.&nbsp;</em></em></p> <hr /> <h3><img height="300" alt="Headshot of Suzanne Leonard" width="350" src="~/media/A1511EA0BBAD4769B4B7908C4D3572B6.ashx" /></h3> <h3>Wives are central in pop culture</h3> <p>Simply put, the work of wifedom entails gaining, and sustaining, visibility. Wives write memoirs and advice books, start businesses based on wifedom, and star in fictional and reality television shows that centralize their position as wives. Based on these examples, I argue that the wife is a central icon in postfeminist media culture, and that she is used to both frame and dictate discussions of female life cycles.</p> <div></div> <h3>American marriages are down</h3> <div> <p>There's an important tension here that is central to my project: actual numbers of American marriages are down, particularly among groups who lack social or economic capital. Marriage numbers remain stable, however, for more educated and affluent groups. In this way, marital status serves to index financial security, separating what are sometimes called the &ldquo;haves&rdquo; from the &ldquo;have-nots.&rdquo; Nowadays, marriage is a luxury item: it&rsquo;s an institution that only the most privileged can access.</p> <h3>Social media plays a role</h3> One of the driving questions of my research has always been where and how feminist ideals influence wider cultural conversations. In the age of social media, it seems more striking than ever that the way people engage with media texts are also the ways they negotiate their own life choices. In those spaces, Americans work out their ideas towards gender, politics, sexuality and activism.&nbsp; <h3>Translating ideals into action</h3> <p>As we&rsquo;ve recently seen with the #MeToo movement, many people feel like this is a cultural moment when we need to translate ideals into action and to right historic wrongs. I&rsquo;d like to think that my book is asking similar questions about how gender ideals are framed, and maintained, and also how power replicates itself in exclusionary ways.&nbsp;</p> <h3>The privilege of marriage</h3> <p>I think that we are in a moment of serious setback. Despite the inspiring work that&rsquo;s being done surrounding issues of sexual harassment and gun violence, I worry about the way that patterns of inequity and income inequality proliferate. Part of the reason I wrote my book is because I thought I was seeing a moment where wives were gaining power and cultural visibility. Now, it is very clear to me that there is still a lot of work to be done to showcase the experiences of all types of women, not just the most powerful and privileged.</p> <hr /> <p><em><a href="">Suzanne Leonard</a>&nbsp;is an Associate Professor of <a href="">English</a> and Co-Director of Simmons' interdisciplinary minor in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=3F6F1A7EF22C4EE3B87D80A8641C3CCB&amp;_z=z">cinema and media studies</a>.</em></p> </div>2018-05-02T00:00:00-04:00{E07AE88F-A1FF-40B9-813B-20211CF8FCC7} Community News<h4>Faculty</h4> <p><strong>Grant News!</strong> SLIS Senior Lecturer <strong>Rachel D. Williams</strong> has been awarded a grant from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for her project, "Meeting the Needs of People in Crisis at the Boston Public Library."&nbsp;The project is a collaborative effort with Assistant Professor <strong>Lydia Ogden</strong> (Social Work) and involves conducting focus groups and workshops with Boston Public Library staff. Their study examines service challenges for library staff as they help people in crisis. The project also seeks to identify effective ways of engaging with people experiencing crises and address training resource needs that would be most helpful for staff.</p> <p><strong>Mich&egrave;le Cloonan</strong>&rsquo;s book, <em>The Monumental Challenge of Preservation: The Past in a Volatile World</em>, was published by MIT Press (2018).</p> <p> The Simmons symposium on the challenges of misinformation and &ldquo;fake news&rdquo; was mentioned in <a href="" target="_blank">a Poynter article</a> about library-trained news researchers.&nbsp;The symposium was organized by Associate Professor <strong>Laura Saunders</strong>.</p> <p> Adjunct Professor <strong>Anita Silvey</strong>&nbsp;gave the annual Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture on April 28&nbsp;at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. Silvey discussed the stories behind some of the great Caldecott medal and honor books.</p> <p>On March 28, SLIS West Adjunct <strong>Jennifer Adams</strong> &rsquo;07LS participated with recent SLIS West graduates <strong>Tim Dolan</strong> &rsquo;16LS and <strong>Marko Packard</strong> &rsquo;17LS in a roundtable discussion at Greenfield Community College on the topic of Librarianship as a Career.&nbsp;SLIS West Coordinator <strong>Eric Poulin</strong> facilitated the discussion, which aimed at helping to demystify the pathway to careers in libraries for community college students. SLIS West also celebrated&nbsp;Last Day Lunch, sponsored by LISSA West, honoring the last day of spring semester classes at SLIS West on April 28 (pictured above).</p> <h4>Students</h4> <p>Doctoral student,&nbsp;<strong>Alyson Gamble</strong>,&nbsp;won a NEASIST student travel award to the ASIST 2018 Annual Meeting.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Hsiu-Ann Tom</strong> is the recipient of a student stipend award to attend SLA 2018 Annual Conference, June 9-13 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to the awards committee, Hsiu-Ann&rsquo;s essay &ldquo;clearly outlined how attending SLA Annual would align with her professional goal of working as a military records archivist.&rdquo;</p> <p style="background: white;">The following computer science students were inducted into Sigma XI, the honorary scientific research society:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Giulia Pintea </strong>worked with <a href="">Donna Beers</a> on "Evaluating the Perception of Roma People in Europe Through Social Network "Analysis. Giulia presented her research as a keynote speaker at the Undergraduate Symposium on April 24.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Mikaela Scheff </strong>worked with <a href="">Margaret Menzin</a> on &ldquo;The Scheduling Problem: Minimizing Conflicts&rdquo;</li> <li><strong>Michelle Medici </strong>and <strong>Natalie Moore</strong> worked with <a href="">Nanette Veilleux</a> on &ldquo;Automatic Interpretation of Speech Contours and Interlocutor Signalling.&rdquo; Michelle and Natalie presented this research during the poster presentations at the Undergraduate Symposium on April 24.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Pam (Peizhu) Qian</strong> worked with&nbsp;Nanette Veilleux on&nbsp;&ldquo;Relationship Between Anthropometric Characteristics of Female Rowers Age 18-22 and Their Pacing Strategies on a 2000-meter Ergometer Test.&rdquo; Pam presented this research during the&nbsp;poster presentations at the Undergraduate Symposium on April 24.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h4>Alumnae/i</h4> <p><strong>Victoria Amorello </strong>&rsquo;15LS has been named the next <a href="" target="_blank">executive director of Waterville Valley Academy</a> as of July 2018. Amorello is currently the director of enrollment, financial aid and external programs at Burke Mountain Academy.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Megan Blakemore</strong> &rsquo;04LS had an article titled "Problem Scoping Design Thinking and Close Reading: Makerspaces in the School Library" published&nbsp;in <em><a href="" target="_blank">Knowledge Quest</a></em>.</p> <p><strong>Olivia Gatti </strong>&rsquo;07LS is running for <a href="" target="_blank">Topsfield library trustee</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Irene Gillies</strong> &rsquo;78LS retired on April 1 after serving 39 years as <a href=" " target="_blank">director of the Eldredge Public Library</a> in Chatham, Massachusetts.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Children&rsquo;s Lit graduate and author <strong>Mackenzie Lee</strong> &rsquo;14LS was featured in the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Boston Globe</a></em><em></em> on March 27.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Brenda Mitchell-Powell</strong>&nbsp;'15PhD received a <a href="" target="_blank">Certificate of Merit</a> as a part of&nbsp;the 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled &ldquo;A Seat at the Reading Table: The 1939 Alexandria, Virginia, Public Library Sit-in Demonstration &ndash; A Study in Library History, 1937-1941.&rdquo; The certificate will be presented during the ALA Annual Meeting in June.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Charles O'Bryan</strong> &rsquo;17LDS and <strong>Karen Schneider </strong>&rsquo;17LDS have co-written an article, &ldquo;Zero-Based Budgeting In a Cutback Scenario For A Small Academic Library,&rdquo; now published in <em><a href=" " target="_blank">Library Leadership &amp; Management</a></em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jerome Offord</strong> &rsquo;15LDS has joined DeEtta Jones and Associates as Senior Associate and Managing Partner. </p> <p><strong>Katie Olivo</strong> &rsquo;14LS is the Associate Director for Graduate and International Recruitment at Shenandoah University, starting in April. Olivo has been a full-time staff member at SLIS Admissions for five years, and is an alumna of the Dual Archives/History program. </p> <p><strong>Kristen M. Schuster</strong> &rsquo;12LS was recognized in the <a href="" target="_blank">"Notable Dissertations"</a>&nbsp;list in American Libraries on May 1.&nbsp;</p> <p>Computer Science alum <strong>Dr. Laney Strange</strong>&nbsp;'02 was invited to speak at the Hazel Dick Leonard Symposium 2018. Strange was hosted <strong>Sherry Siebel</strong>, a Computer Science student and current HDL scholar. </p> <p><strong>Courtney Young</strong> &rsquo;97LS was featured on the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Penn State website</a> for her work in diversity and inclusion at the University.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Eric Poulin.&nbsp;</em></p>2018-05-02T00:00:00-04:00{D2B18525-9F54-4200-B592-2863A7E7F213} Entrepreneurship Class Wins Business Feasibility Competition<p>Simmons students won the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Colleges of the Fenway</a> (COF) Entrepreneurship Competition in the first COF "Feasibility Faceoff." Eight teams from Emmanuel, Wentworth, MassArt and Simmons competed in the final round.</p> <p>Led by Professor <a href="">Teresa Nelson</a>, Elizabeth Eddy &lsquo;18, Tristen Howell &lsquo;18, Ana Maher '20 and Charlotte Dyer &lsquo;19 (pictured above) took first place for their project &ldquo;SimScenes Stickers,&rdquo; a company they developed for the entrepreneurship class, &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Start a Business on Campus Right Now!&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re following the process that any of these students would use if they were establishing a business themselves,&rdquo; said Professor Nelson. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re able to do it together and practice as we go along. It&rsquo;s really about starting with &lsquo;what is their passion and interest?&rsquo; and understanding how this connects with who the customers are and how they create value.&rdquo;</p> <p>With $500 of seed money from the <a href="">entrepreneurship program</a>, the class set out to discover what products students were likely to buy. After meticulous research, planning and surveys, the group opted to create stickers depicting campus life and college experiences that people can relate to&mdash;specifically images significant to Simmons.</p> <p>&ldquo;We went through an entire design and brainstorming process and ultimately wanted to increase positivity and community on the Simmons campus,&rdquo; said Ana Maher. &ldquo;We thought that there are some things everyone can relate to as a Simmons student&mdash;if we created stickers that represented those things, people can put them on laptops, phones or anywhere. Then they can create a sense of community while also reminding you of these positive experiences.&rdquo;</p> <p> </p> <div>They designed several Simmons-specific stickers including Bartol Hall&rsquo;s chicken nugget night, Stormy the shark, the Boston skyline and the Canadian geese that frequent campus grounds. They even decided to honor one iconic Simmons professor:&nbsp;<a href="">Bob White</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </div>2018-04-30T00:00:00-04:00{04812765-1B92-413D-A86F-D20C337AF3A5} Mayers '01MBA Wins Gwen Ifill Trailblazer Award<p><strong>ON WINNING THE GWEN IFILL TRAILBLAZER AWARD: </strong>I'm deeply moved, joyous, humbled and grateful to have been selected for this prestigious award named after the incomparable, <a href="">Gwen Ifill</a>. I'm an immigrant from the island of Barbados, West Indies, so Ms. Ifill and I shared a common heritage through her parents.&nbsp;</p> <p>As with every milestone since my mom's passing, I reflected on her life and the many sacrifices she overcame, to pave the way for me. This award is for her and for my amazing husband, Darryl, who has been a true partner in this journey called life.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ON CREATING INSPIRATION ZONE:</strong>&nbsp;I started <a href="" target="_blank">Inspiration Zone</a> seven years ago and in 2014, I took the plunge to pursue my vision of being a full-time entrepreneur. Each day I live my passion by helping corporations and individuals by advising on diversity, engagement and inclusion strategies and by motivating and inspiring workforces across the country. I have the privilege of working with executives and leaders who truly want to make a difference in their lives and in their organizations. As author, consultant and professional speaker, I'm "living the dream" and working to help others achieve their highest ideals.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>ON BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR:&nbsp;</strong>Most of my career was spent in corporate America starting with GE Capital's leadership program which shaped my mind-set and heavily influenced my entrepreneurial tendencies within organizations. At every company, I embraced my "change-agent" role and innovated new programs and processes. When I published my first book,&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">A Black Woman's Guide to Networking</a>&nbsp; </em>in 2011, I needed a separate legal entity for book-related transactions and speaking engagements. I was still employed as a full-time marketing executive, so the first iteration of my company was centered around my book and the management of my corporate job and side-gig. The inspiration for the book is a much longer story, but suffice to say, it had a lot to do with reflections of my mom and a dream that had been deferred a bit too long.</p> <p><strong> ON WHY SHE LOVES HER JOB: </strong>I love helping others succeed. It gives me joy to receive a letter or an email thanking me for changing someone's life. That's pretty powerful&mdash;particularly, since they are the ones responsible for making the changes.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong> ON INSPIRING OTHERS:</strong> Whether its a workshop or a keynote address, the one thing I want people to take away is inspiration to take positive action. There are so many deferred dreams and so many people trying to figure out how to become "unstuck." Everyone who has worked with me knows that I have a bias for action. I think that conversations are important and at some point, there needs to be movement&mdash;steps that people will take to create a new reality. We as individuals have a lot more control over our lives than we realize. I'm thrilled when people walk away with clear action plans about what they will do next&mdash;I absolutely love it!</p> <p><strong> ON HER VISION IN ONE WORD: </strong>That's easy: Inspiration!</p> <p><strong> ON CAREER ADVICE: </strong>The best career advice came from my mom. It's the one piece of advice that I continue to reflect on: "Never let your circumstances define you." It implies that the power is within you to define your situation&mdash;and it is!</p> <p><strong> ON CHOOSING SIMMONS:&nbsp;</strong>Pursuing my MBA was a dream and it was another first for my family. I love to learn and consider myself a perpetual student, so as a business professional, I saw the MBA as the best match in terms of the skills I hoped to strengthen. Given that I went back to school in my late thirties and with two small children, I was looking for a supportive environment. I was intrigued by the school's focus of preparing women for positions of power and leadership. Also, the one-year accelerated, full-time MBA, was very appealing. I knew that it would be a rigorous year and I have no regrets. I received two awards of distinction&mdash;one in marketing and the other in organizational behavior&mdash;I made the right choice!</p> <p>Simmons played a key role&mdash;particularly in navigating my career change from the financial services sector at that time, to the healthcare industry. The support from professors, my classmates and the negotiation skills that I learned at Simmons helped to increase my confidence as a business executive.</p> <p><strong>ON THE WOMAN SHE MOST ADMIRES: </strong>I'm a huge admirer of Gwen Ifill for the reasons we all loved her. However, my Mom is the woman that I most admired. She and Ms. Ifill were both resilient, forward thinking women of integrity and women of conviction. My mom taught me to have a thirst for knowledge, even though she only had the equivalent of a 5<sup>th</sup> grade education. She taught me to dream big, even though she struggled to make ends meet. She taught me to have faith, even when hers was tested and the storms of life seemed overwhelming. She taught me that I could be anything that I wanted to be, even when she couldn&rsquo;t see a clear path. She taught me to &ldquo;hold my head up high&rdquo; and to not allow others to define me. These lessons I hold dear, because I would not be where I am today, without her sacrifices, perseverance and commitment to charting a new path for me and my sisters.</p>2018-04-29T00:00:00-04:00