Simmons World Challenge

Simmons World Challenge (SWC) is an exciting program designed to empower sophomore students with the knowledge and skillset necessary to tackle pressing social problems facing local, national and international communities. The course is interdisciplinary, experiential, and student-led. Students work in teams of 3-5 to conduct research, create an actionable solution to address a social problem, and present their results and ideas to the Simmons community. Faculty and graduate students will be available as resources. Use of the library, internet, and the community will be integral parts of the experience. 

There are two components to the SWC:

  • 10 days of course work on Simmons’ campus during the January intersession, exploring the course themes and topics.
  • A travel component to be completed after the end of the spring semester. During this component of the SWC experience, student teams will partner with a community organization on-site to develop actionable solutions for problems similar to those addressed during the January program, but in a different political, cultural, and economic context.

Students accepted into the program will receive on-campus housing during the January intersession at no cost, and will receive a $1,250 stipend; students will register (in their spring semester 18-credit course load) for the 2020 Simmons World Challenge Course, which includes the Faculty-Led Travel portion during May – June. Round trip airfare, visas, some in-country transportation, shared accommodation and all academic and cultural pre-planned experiences are paid for by Simmons for students accepted into the short-term travel course. Students are responsible for Simmons spring tuition (and overload if applicable), some food, international cell phone data, passport fees, personal spending money, laundry, excess luggage fees and trips not considered part of the course. Other items may arise throughout the semester, depending upon course structure – these items will be communicated to students in advance. Students will be expected to attend meetings during the fall semester, participate fully during the January intersession, attend meetings in the spring semester, and attend the spring session in Uganda and present their team results to the Simmons community as requested.

If you have any questions about the Simmons World Challenge, please reach out to Professor Kristina Pechulis, Associate Professor of Practice, Political Science Department, at [email protected]

2019-2020 Simmons World Challenge

All currently enrolled sophomores are eligible to apply to participate in Simmons World Challenge. Applications to the 2019-2020 Simmons World Challenge, "Language, Power, and Violence in Society," led by Professors Hugo Kamya and Abel Amado, will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on October 7, 2019. Completed applications may be emailed to Professor Kristina Pechulis, [email protected].

The deadline for Spring 2020 Simmons World Challenge has passed. The application for Spring 2021 Simmons World Challenge will be available in late spring.

2020-2021 Simmons World Challenge

Faculty across all disciplines are encouraged to submit a proposal to lead a Simmons World Challenge course! Proposals for the 2020-2021 Simmons World Challenge are due by 11:59 p.m. on October 7, 2019 to Professor Kristina Pechulis, [email protected]

Past World Challenge Courses

2011: Food for Thought: Health, Hunger, and Humanity
2012: At the Edge of Poverty: Empowering Women to Change their Lives and their Worlds
2013: Would I Lie to You? Media, Misinformation and the Search for Social Justice 
2013: Migration and Immigration: The Search for Home 
2014: Brutality: Violence in Local, National, and International Contexts 
2015: Consumption, Sustainability, and Social Justice 
2016: Would I Lie to You? Media, Misinformation and the Search for Social Justice 
2017: Arresting Aggression: Nonviolence as a Solution for Change 
2019: Infant Nutrition: The Global Challenge of Nursing