BOSTON (April 16, 2013) — For a second consecutive year, Simmons College has been awarded the opportunity to host a Fulbright Women's Re-Entry Seminar. Approximately 100 international Fulbright foreign students from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Southeast Asia, and South and Central Asia will attend a four-day seminar at Simmons before heading back to their home countries. The seminar, which takes place April 17-20, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Follow the participants and their activities on @FulbrightPrgrm and @SimmonsCollege #scfbright.
Last year, in a highly competitive process, Simmons was selected to host 30 Fulbright women from Latin America.
The women participating in this seminar came to the U.S. through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program to earn masters or doctoral degrees; they are nearing the end of their programs, and are preparing to return to their home countries. The scholars are students of journalism, health sciences, engineering, information technology, and business administration, among other fields of study.
During the seminar, students will explore issues related to women's leadership and cultural, gender, and professional re-entry challenges they may encounter upon return to their home countries—skills that will make them more successful in pursuing future professional opportunities.
"Hosting these prestigious Fulbright women scholars is further evidence of Simmons's increasingly prominent role in helping women achieve positions of leadership," said Simmons College President Helen Drinan.
Led by Project Manager Nancy Dimauro from the Provost's Office, and primarily taught by faculty from the Simmons School of Management, the program will provide opportunities for the scholars to learn about goal setting, networking, leadership potential, negotiation, and communication style. They will visit the Massachusetts State House, tour local businesses and organizations, and meet with prominent women business leaders in the area. Additionally, participants will meet with Susan Ness, Vice Chair of the Fulbright Scholarship Board and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Marjorie Margolies, former U.S. Congresswoman and Woodrow Wilson Fellow; and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Founded in 1899, Simmons College (simmons.edu) is a nationally ranked university located in Boston with a history of visionary thinking and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, and the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.
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