Commitment to Inclusivity

Simmons is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience. We strive to create and sustain an environment that is free from bias, prejudice, and discrimination to enable members to thrive in the Simmons community. We welcome, promote, and seek to empower multiple dimensions of diversity, and are actively working to dismantle systems, policies, and practices that serve as barriers to true inclusion at Simmons. We are One Simmons!

How Can I Get Involved?

President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn more about joining a President’s Advisory Council (PAC) subcommittee by reaching out to:

Gary Bailey
Professor of Practice and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice
[email protected]

Affinity Organizations

Join a Simmons student affinity organization. Learn more about The Collective, eleven student organizations advised by Simmons’ Multicultural Center.

Resources

At Simmons, we believe clear and open communication between students, faculty, and staff is an integral part of creating an inclusive and cohesive community. We encourage you to review the University's Tips for Email Accessibility.

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Recent News

A collage of book covers from Asian, Indigenous Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander authors

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2024 with Inspiring Literature, History, and Film

We have curated a list of books (including novels, memoirs, poetry collections, non-fiction works, academic monographs, and youth literature) and films that recognize the significant cultural contributions of Asian, Indigenous Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals and communities.


Misty Neader ’25MWS and Devin Ryan ’21

A Mother Follows Her Child’s Footsteps to a Simmons Education

During high school, Devin Ryan ’21 toured Simmons, where they later majored in Biology. Meanwhile, someone close to Ryan was also inspired by that campus tour: their mother, Misty Neader ’25MSW.


Reham Zeroual Photo

Merging a Scholarly Stance with Lived Experience

Africana Studies and Political Science double major Reham Zeroual ’24 discusses her engagement with Student Senate, her favorite courses and professors, as well as her experience as a first-generation college student.


Dr. Jennifer Herman, Professor Tatiana Cruz, Professor Kamille Gentles-Peart, and NEBHE President and CEO Dr. Michael Thomas at the International Women's Day Breakfast and Awards

Navigating the North Star: Assistant Professor Tatiana M.F. Cruz Receives Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Award

The American Council on Education Women’s Network Massachusetts has recognized Tatiana M.F. Cruz, Assistant Professor and Interdisciplinary Program Director of Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, and her collaborator Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart (Roger Williams University) for co-founding and directing the North Star Collective, a group of colleges and universities in New England that are committed to faculty racial equity.


Group of Simmons Students

Debora Edouard ’24 and Kadijah McClean ’24 Open Simmons Chapter of the National Society of Black Women in Medicine

Established in 2017, the National Society of Black Women in Medicine is committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of Black women pursuing careers in the medical field. This academic year, Neurobiology major Debora Edouard ’24 and Biochemistry and Public Health minor Kadijah McClean ’24 co-founded the Simmons chapter of the Society.


Dane Groves

“I felt welcome at Simmons”: Celebrating Trans Visibility Day with Dane Groves ’04, ’09, ’20MS

In celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility, we interviewed Dane Groves ’04, ’09, ’20MS about his roles as student, staff, and faculty, and his experience undergoing a gender transition while working at Simmons.


The main campus building at Simmons University

Simmons Alum Kelly O’Connell Champions Women and Nonbinary Entrepreneurs

Since joining the Simmons University Alumnae/i Association Executive Board (AAEB), Kelly O’Connell ’99 has helped launch the Simmons Tuesday Tea Podcast, and co-hosted the Byond Balance event last November. On April 2, AAEB is hosting a special Simmons campus screening of “Show Her The Money,” a documentary that delves into the gender gap in venture capital funding with a focus on empowering women entrepreneurs.


Anna Kelly ’23MS

Protecting the Freedom to Read: Anna Kelly ’23MS Reflects on the Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Literature

“As an Indigenous woman, it is hard for me to not take personally the challenging and banning of books by Indigenous authors and about the Indigenous experience,” says Anna Kelly ’23MS an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.


Commitment into Action


President's Advisory Council on DEI

Our charge is to demonstrate inclusive everyday leadership by increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Simmons through action, institutional change, education and development, inspiration, and measurement.

Accessibility Services

We are committed to the full participation of all students in our programs and activities and make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations so that students can be ensured equal access.

Multicultural Center

We strive to help students merge the narratives of who they are with their academic and professional commitments. Simmons is committed to building a living and learning environment in which each and every student can thrive intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Organizational Culture, Inclusion & Equity

We recognize that a robust intellectual community for all requires moving beyond notions of representation and toward authentic engagement, thoughtful participation and inclusive membership.

Spiritual Identity Support

We work to facilitate spiritual development and meet the spiritual needs of students. We coordinate activities to promote development and leadership skills in Simmons students, and we encourage their spiritual development.

Title IX

We recognize the inherent dignity and worth of each member of our community, which includes the right to live, learn and work in an environment free from sexual harassment.