Black Alumnae/i Symposium

The Power of our Presence: Celebrating the Greatness Within Us

The Office of Alumnae/i Engagement and the African American Alumnae/i Association invite you to campus for a weekend of celebration, inspiration, and the power of giving back. Black Alumnae/i Symposium 2018 features a rich, alumnae/i-driven program featuring workshops, panels, and receptions. We hope you will join us for this transformative program.

Keynote Address

Symone D. SandersBlack Alumnae/i Symposium is thrilled to welcome Symone D. Sanders as our keynote speaker. Symone is a communications strategist who rose to prominence during her tenure working with Bernie Sanders' campaign as the youngest presidential press secretary on record. She is now a political commentator for CNN and principal of the strategic communications group 360 Group LLC, and has been featured by NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker.

Why attend?

  • Greater Focus, Greater Change: Learning how to shape our collective work
  • Professional development through the areas of education, leadership, careers and networking  
  • Hear from inspirational speakers
  • Rejuvenating experience with like-minded individuals

Register now

Registration is open now!



The weekend's events include workshops, panels, and a keynote speaker you won't want to miss!



Support the Black Alumnae/i Symposium Legacy Scholarship Fund.


Black Alumnae/i Symposium will take place on the academic campus of Simmons College, at 300 The Fenway in Boston, Massachusetts.

Simmons campus is handicapped accessible. Should you require assistance, please contact us at 800-831-4284 or so we can be sure to accommodate you.

Parking will be available to registrants throughout Symposium weekend at the Simmons garage, conveniently located on the academic campus.

Vendor Fair

Are you a small business owner interested in showcasing your products or services? Have you written a book you would like to promote? Or would you like the opportunity to generate awareness for a non-profit organization you serve? The Black Alumnae/i Symposium Vendor Fair is open to all alumnae/i who want to present their passion! To learn more and register, visit our interest form.

Local Accommodations

We have partnered with several area hotels to provide our guests with accommodation options. Please contact hotels directly to book your stay.

The Inn at Longwood Medical
342 Longwood Avenue, Boston (0.4 miles from campus)
Book online or call 617-731-4700
Mention code "ADVA0427" and book by April 6 to receive $199 nightly rate

The Eliot Hotel
370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA (1.2 miles from campus)
Book by calling 617-267-1607
Mention "Simmons Black Alumnae/i Symposium" and book by March 16 to receive $275 nightly rate

Homewood Suites - Brookline
111 Boylston Street, Brookline (1.4 miles from campus)
Book online or call 617-232-1487
Mention group name "Simmons College - Black Alumni Symposium" or code "BAS" and book by March 27 to receive $219 nightly rate

Steering Committee

Black Alumnae/i Symposium is a program of the African American Alumnae/i Association of Simmons College. We are thankful to the alumnae/i volunteerism that makes this weekend possible, as led by the Black Alumnae/i Symposium Steering Committee:

Kenyora Parham '10
Chair, Black Alumnae/i Symposium 2018
Vice President, African American Alumnae/i Association

Chanelle Peters '04
President, African American Alumnae/i Association

Sandy Fonseca-Lopes '15
Chair, Outreach Committee Chair

Candyce Lindsay '84
Chair, Awards Committee

Janieva Mallory '16
Chair, Philanthropy Committee

Morgan Ward '16
Chair, Program Committee