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Roxann Mascoll ’15MSW Integrates Art and Social Work to Address Trauma Experienced by Black and Brown Men

For 18 years, Roxann Mascoll ’15MSW worked as a domestic violence specialist. She is now Lead Clinician for The Triggered Project, a non-profit that includes a play and film that addresses how Black and Brown men experience and process childhood trauma.


Wilfred Labiosa ’20PhD

Wilfred Labiosa ’20PhD Continues the Simmons Tradition of Social Work in Puerto Rico

Wilfred Labiosa ’20PhD opened a series of Waves Ahead community centers in Puerto Rico, a nonprofit dedicated to working with marginalized and vulnerable people in Puerto Rico — most notably, LGBTQ+ elders.


Mbita Mbao ‘22PhD

Mbita Mbao ‘22PhD Offers Wisdom and Caring for an Aging Population

When Mbita Mbao ’22PhD was looking for a doctoral program in social work, Simmons met all of her requirements: a Boston location and the ability to take all of her in-person classes in one day per week. More important than these criteria, Simmons had Dr. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Interim Director of the School of Social Work.


Ilana Feldman ’23MSW

Ilana Feldman ’23MSW: Empowering Communication and Connection with the Special Needs’ Population

Ilana Feldman is a social worker in the Deafblind School at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts—the oldest school for the blind in the U.S. She works with students ages three to 22, all of whom have varying...


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Molly Riportella ’12MS is helping victims of domestic violence

Molly Riportella ’12MS, a librarian in Westwood, Massachusetts, found a way to discreetly supply resources to people in violent relationships.


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A Friendship Born at Simmons: Allyson Irish ’04MS and Jan Taylor ’07MS

In honor of "Galentine's" Day, Simmons friends Allyson Irish ’04MS and Jan Taylor ’07MS share their thoughts about entrepreneurship, making bold (and unexpected) career moves, and what makes Simmons friendships special.


Ann Marie Fudge '73, '98HD

Ann Marie Fudge ’73, ’98HD Opens Doors for Women in Corporate America

Ann Marie Fudge ’73, ’98HD has enjoyed a fruitful career in the corporate world, having served on the boards of General Electric, Marriott, Honeywell, Novartis, Unilever and Infosys, as well as several non-profits. In 1994, she became the first woman...


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Protecting the Freedom to Read: Sadina Shawver ’17MS on Book Sanctuaries, Handling Criticism, and Rising to the Challenge

Sadina Shawver ’17MS is Assistant Branch Manager in Youth Services at the Harris County Public Library in Texas, which was designated a book sanctuary in September of 2023. Shawver shares how she handles challenges to library materials, and protects the freedom to read.


Upcoming Alumnae/i Events

Elevating Alumnae/i Voices: The Triggered Project Presents Social Work Education and the Arts

  • Mar 14, 2024
  • 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Management & Academic Building, 5th Floor, C-520

119th Simmons University Commencement Ceremonies

  • May 17, 2024
  • 9:00 am
  • MGM Music Hall at Fenway, 2 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02115