The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities
The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities cultivates trailblazers and leaders. Here, you'll study the modes of expression through which we record and interpret the human experience.
"We can't expect the world to get better by itself." — Gwen Ifill
Our students view society through the multi-faceted lenses of language, narrative, art, music, film and contemporary media. You'll hone your creative abilities through real-world projects and on-the-job learning experiences.
As a pioneering Black woman journalist, Gwen Ifill '77 '93HD broke through barriers of prejudice and stands as a model of professional excellence and a purposeful life. The Ifill College aims to carry on that legacy for the next generations. Our mission:
- We are a community of educators and learners guided by intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and generosity of spirit.
- We derive strength from our differences and pursue civic engagement through humanistic inquiry that values language, lived experience, artistic expression, and imagination.
- We give voice to our stories, past and present, individual and global, told and untold, to influence a future whose questions have yet to be asked.
How will you do the hard work of imagining a more just future?
Look back at the highlights and successes of the second year of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities - The Year in Review 2019-2020
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Meet the Dean
Dr. Brian Norman is the Dean of The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities. He is a scholar of American and African American literature, professor of English, and academic administrator.Meet the Dean
You’ll study with faculty who are thought-leaders and award winners, researchers and professionals in their fields.Faculty Profiles
About the College
Meet Gwen Ifill
Best known as a successful and much admired television news anchor, Gwen Ifill launched her career here at Simmons.
Statement of Solidarity for Racial Justice
Read the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities' statement of solidarity for racial justice.
Among Gwen Ifill’s legacies is a commitment to mentoring and to nurturing a diverse and talented next generation.
The Alumni Chair in Public Engagement is a signature program for how The Ifill College engages the world and demonstrates the role of the arts, media, and humanities to a vibrant, diverse democracy.
We cultivate a diverse and talented generation of trailblazers who are poised to become leaders in their professions and in their communities.
Current Faculty Resources
Information for our current faculty, including funding opportunities.
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Assistant Professor Felipe Agudelo discusses his current project, “It’s Not How You Say It, It’s What You Say: Ambient Digital Racism and Racist Discourses on Twitter," which examines counter narrative tweets to Black Lives Matter hashtags.
Representative Pressley recognizes graduates for their accomplishments and says ‘we need all of you’ as the country continues to grapple with racial injustice and the global pandemic.
As Student Body President and mentor for Strong Women, Strong Girls, Kayla Zarella '21 understands the importance of developing empowering, inclusive communities. Read Kayla's thoughts on the last four years and how Simmons helped shape her into a true leader.
Lennon Sherburne is one of the 10 finalists for NPR's Favorite College Podcast competition. The podcast "Let's Do the Time Warp" illustrates their feelings of helplessness during the pandemic after suffering a concussion.
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While pursuing a dual art and mathematics major, Whitney Andrews '11 discovered the many connections these fields share. Now a financial planning and analysis manager at L'Oréal, Andrews tells us how Simmons allowed her to explore these disparate interests.