Students outside on the Simmons quad

Supporting Women and Girls

In celebration of  the "National Day of the Girl," we're reflecting on just a few of the ways we promote education and empowerment. 

Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC)

SILC works to build relationships with community organizations -- like Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Girls LEAP -- that focus on the development of women and girls from all cultural and economic backgrounds. The Institute recently held Science Club for Girls (SCFG) volunteer training, which brought together over 70 mentors, including Simmons students and volunteers who engaged in hand-on science activities for K-12th grade girls.

Leading by Example

President Helen Drinan regularly takes a stand on important issues related to women and girls in her Huffington Post blogs. President Drinan writes on topics like the incredible Mo'ne Davis, hope for women and girls in a world of violence and advice to her granddaughter.

In Boston and Around the World

We are constantly creating new initiatives to support women and girls worldwide -- and to advance opportunities for women in our local community, too. 

What are some of the ways you like to get involved? Let us know on social media!

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Community Involvement



Speaking Up and Out: Women Reshaping the Media Narrative
Simmons Community Engagement hosts the 21st Annual International Women's Day Celebration.



Alternative Spring Break Takes Mary Soares '19 to South Carolina
We caught up with Mary about her experience volunteering for Habitat for Humanity during spring break.



Science Club for Girls Introduces Young Women to STEM
This summer, Simmons students and faculty came together to mentor women and girls in STEM!



Katie McDonough '16 '17SW On Empowering Students
Katie filled us in on her important work with Education Sparks!



Amanda Leone '17 Travels for Alternative Spring Break
Amanda and a team of Simmons students traveled to Georgia with Habitat for Humanity!



Lisa Nault '17: Community Service Enhances Lives
We chatted with Lisa about America Learns!



Volunteers Learn to Mentor Young Girls at SCFG Training
Community Engagement hosted another successful training at Simmons



Alyssa Wadlin '17 Empowers Women and Girls
Alyssa volunteers with Strong Women, Strong Girls!



Making a Difference with Michelle Geoffroy '11
Michelle works at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.



6 Ways to Get Involved
Learn more about organizations that make a difference in our community.