Simmons is home to a number of academic and cultural organizations and conferences that reach out to the greater Boston community and across the nation to foster learning and community service, promote diversity, and initiate social change. In addition, Simmons produces several publications that feature news and stories about our community.
Centers And Organizations
Center for Applied and Community Research
The Center for Applied and Community Research's (CACR) mission is to advance excellence in social science research, training, knowledge transfer and exchange at the School of Social Work and to extend this work to the broader Simmons research community. We integrate research, teaching, and practice using an interdisciplinary approach, thereby building a bridge between academic science and community science.
Center for Gender in Organizations
The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) at the Simmons School of Management is an international resource on ways to improve organizational effectiveness by strengthening gender equity and diversity in the workplace. The CGO's research and consulting services address issues related to gender equity and change, globalization, leaderships, and diversity in the U.S., and around the world.
Center for the Study of Children's Literature
A valued community resource, Simmons's Center for the Study of Children's Literature works extensively with area schools, libraries, publishers, and professionals. On-campus colloquia, in-service teacher workshops, informal book discussions, and lectures heighten public awareness of the social, historic, and psychological importance of quality literature for children and young people. The Center's summer institute features award-winning authors and illustrators.
The Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community
Simmons's Center for Hygiene and Health serves as a national and international resource for information and education, applied research, professional training and conferences. The Center focuses on issues relating to hygiene and infection control in areas such as consumer food safety, home hygiene, daycare, sports and leisure activity, travel, and hospitality.
The Council of Black Administrators, Faculty, and Staff
Simmons Council of Black Administrators, Faculty, and Staff (BAFAS) was founded in 1990 to bring attention to the many issues surrounding the dynamics of diversity on the Simmons College campus, to advocate and to be change agents, and to help implement a socially just system at Simmons College and the broader community.
Colleges of the Fenway
Simmons is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway, an academic consortium that allows students to cross-register for classes and participate in social activities with five other colleges in our neighborhood: Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.
Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights
The Gustavus Myers Center promotes ways to assess, promote, and distribute information that increases understanding of intolerance and bigotry, as well as strategies that can lead to greater equity in a diverse society. The center annually awards Gustavus Myers Book Awards to U.S. and Canadian authors. Contact Loretta Williams for further information.
Japanese Women's Leadership Initative
The Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (JWLI) was founded in 2006 by three visionary women in Boston, Massachusetts: Atsuko Toko Fish, Mary Lassen, and Catherine Crone Coburn. In 2007, the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) at Simmons School of Management became the institutional and academic partner of JWLI. The Fellows Program brings women from Japan to Boston to receive four weeks of direct experience and training in nonprofit management and leadership development in areas of importance to women and Japanese society.
Scott Ross Center for Community Service
The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service facilitates community service opportunities for the entire Simmons community — including internships, service learning, work-study, and volunteer experiences. The Center oversees more than 40 programs and initiatives that connect Simmons with its Boston neighbors, including schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change
The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) co-sponsors programs and activities that promote social change for women and girls, including the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus annual convention, the Center for New Words book readings, and the Girls get Connected Technology Conference.
Trustman Gallery exhibits the work of professional artists and hosts a yearly exhibition of student work. Annual exhibitions celebrate specific months such as Women's History Month (March). Each year students from the Arts in the Community course organize an exhibition under the supervision of their instructor as part of the art and music department's arts administration major.
The Writing Center
The mission of the Writing Center at Simmons College is to foster academic excellence by providing resources and support that meet the needs of graduate and undergraduate students. The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring, workshops and presentations designed to strengthen students' academic reading, writing, critical thinking, and research skills. The Center supports faculty by providing writing assistants for courses in the undergraduate programs and by working with faculty to address students' academic and discipline-specific writing needs.
The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center
The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center provides an inclusive forum for contemporary poets, playwrights, and writers who represent diverse cultural perspectives. The Center works to cultivate literary awareness and cultural diversity at Simmons and in communities throughout the Boston area, offering an ongoing calendar of author readings and literary events that are open to the general public.
Conferences and Lectures
The annual G.I.R.L.S. Conference provides girls between the ages of 11 and 18 with a forum to voice their concerns, an opportunity to meet other young women from different walks of life, and the resources to help them build the skills necessary to realize their full potential.
Featuring guest speakers such as Madeleine Albright, Oprah Winfrey, Cokie Roberts, and Maya Angelou, the Simmons Leadership Conference has set the standard for over 30 years for women's professional events, presenting an extraordinary blend of thought leadership, motivation, and above all, networking.
Race, Education, and Democracy Lecture and Book Series
Co-sponsored by Simmons College and Beacon Press, the Race, Education and Democracy Lecture and Book Series annually brings a prominent scholar to Boston for a series of public lectures on the topic of race, education, and democracy. In 2006, the inaugural lectures featured Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College and author of the award winning book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Summer Institute in Children's Literature
The Summer Institute in Children's Literature, held every other year, offers students an opportunity to meet award-winning authors, poets, illustrators, editors, and publishers. Through the years, the Institute has featured Avi, Jack Gantos, Lois Lowry, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jerry Pinkney, Maurice Sendak, and many others.
Warburg Lecture Series
The Warburg Lecture Series bring diplomats, journalists, and other international relations experts to campus to discuss current issues and events. In recent year, lectures have addressed topics such as Islam in Africa, women and globalization, and Asia in 2050. The lectures are led by Simmons current Warburg Chair in International Relations.
Essays & Studies
Essays & Studies, founded in 1943, is the journal of academic work by students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons College. Its editors are committed to publishing excellent papers each year by graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines.
The College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students yearbook. Students on the Microcosm student may be enrolled in any major and are chosen regardless of their class year or concentration.
Sidelines, the College's literary magazine features poetry, prose, photography, and artwork by students, faculty, and staff. Published twice a year, the magazine provides an opportunity for students to gain firsthand experience in writing, editing, and magazine production. Sidelines also sponsors two poetry/prose readings each year to showcase the talent of our community members.
Published three times a year, the SIMMONS alumnae/i magazine features stories about the personal, professional, and academic achievements of Simmons alumnae/i, faculty, and current students.
The Simmons Voice
Written and published entirely by students, the Simmons Voice is the College's free weekly newspaper. The newspaper's editorial board is assembled in April, but staff members are solicited each fall and spring.