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Leading Expert in Gender, Race, and HIV/AIDS Named New Dean of Simmons College School of Arts and Sciences

Renée T. White, Ph.D., to Lead Undergraduate Women's College & Co-educational Graduate Programs

BOSTON (May 2, 2011) — Renée T. White, Ph.D., a leading expert in gender, race, and HIV/AIDS, has been appointed dean of the Simmons College School of Arts and Sciences in Boston. Her appointment begins September 1.

As dean of the Simmons College School of Arts and Sciences, White will lead Simmons's undergraduate women's college and co-educational graduate programs, both of which are known for integrating liberal arts, professional studies, and experiential learning. She also will oversee educational leadership, financial management, faculty and curricular review and development, tenure and promotion, participation in campus-wide strategic initiatives, community outreach, and resource development for the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Arts and Sciences. A prolific writer, White is the co-author of three books including the acclaimed "Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, & Evolutions," and author of "Putting Risk in Perspective: Black Teenage Lives in the Era of AIDS."

"Renée White is a brilliant scholar who is poised to lead the School of Arts and Sciences in an exemplary manner," said Simmons College Provost Charlena Seymour. "Her love of teaching and learning is evident in everything that she does."

Said Simmons College President Helen Drinan: "We are impressed with her great mind and her great heart; her impact on the college will be longstanding. We are confident that she will serve Simmons with great wisdom and wit."

White currently is a professor of sociology and Black studies at Fairfield University, where she was appointed the university's first Academic Coordinator for Diversity and Global Citizenship, and helped develop Service for Justice, a sophomore residential community focused on diversity and social justice. White was a Wye Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and she was selected as a Delegate for Vision 2020, a national initiative dedicated to gender equity. Her areas of research and teaching include HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, race theory, and social inequality; she is a specialist on issues of sexuality and social justice, particularly related to women of color. She has taught at Central Connecticut State University and Purdue University.

White is the author of numerous monographs, journal articles, and book chapters focusing on issues of HIV/AIDS in the United States, girls' and women's health, women's leadership, race, and inequality. White has served as editor of the Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth, and editor of the People of Color Caucus newsletter for the Society for Values in Higher Education; she now serves as advisor to the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Sciences. She has served on the board for the Hispanic Health Council Institutional Review Board in Hartford, CT; and has been a member of the American Sociological Association; Institute for Women's Policy Research; International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society; and National Black Women's Health Project. White has served on the Public Programs Committee for the Connecticut Historical Society, and was on the planning committee for the Hartford Public Library's Caribbean Literary Festival. White also received a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship in Black film studies. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University, and her B.A. from Brown University.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.