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.

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"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 past year of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities - The Year in Review 2020-2021

Contact Information

Having trouble deciding what to do? Contact The Ifill College. We'll be glad to help you out.

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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
Sheldon George

Our Faculty

You’ll study with faculty who are thought-leaders and award winners, researchers and professionals in their fields.

Faculty Profiles

About the College

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Meet Gwen Ifill

Best known as a successful and much admired television news anchor, Gwen Ifill launched her career here at Simmons.

Robin Roberts, Co-Anchor of Good Morning America

Ifill Forum

Gwen Ifill '77 '93HD herself was a model of intellectual curiosity and truth seeking. Those traits are what inspired the annual Ifill Forum aimed at bringing together industry experts for an eye-opening and dynamic discussion on the important issues of our time.

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Statement of Solidarity for Racial Justice

Read the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities' statement of solidarity for racial justice.

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Mentoring

Among Gwen Ifill’s legacies is a commitment to mentoring and to nurturing a diverse and talented next generation.

Laura Prieto, 2019-2022 Alumni Chair for Public Engagement

Public Engagement

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.

Current Faculty Resources

Information for our current faculty, including funding opportunities.

Recent News

L. Michelle Vital ’00

L. Michelle Vital ’00 is Interim Director and Assistant Professor of the International Higher Education Master’s Program at Lesley University. She reflects on how her double majors in Sociology and African American Studies (now Africana Studies) at Simmons prepared her for her career.

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The following is a conversation between Farooz Rather, Assistant Professor, NTT, Department of Literature and Writing at Simmons University, and Taylor Eubanks, graduate student in the Gender and Cultural Studies program. Professor Rather discusses his current manuscript, a novel titled...

Why did you decide to attend Simmons? The idea of a woman-centered education was appealing to me, as I had attended an all-girl’s school in the Washington D.C. area since the fourth grade. I had family members who had attended...

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