Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Simmons is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience. Our values, vision and mission mandate that we strive to create an environment that is free from bias, prejudice, discrimination and hurtful/hateful acts that can prevent each member from thriving in the Simmons community.

Our Value Statement

We honor the humanity, dignity, and individuality of each member of our Simmons community.

Our Vision of Our Community

Simmons University will be a warm, welcoming, inclusive community that appreciates, values, and respects the humanity, dignity, diversity, and contributions of all its members. We are committed to engaging one another to address the dynamic, evolving issues of our community and our world.

Our Mission

The Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) seeks to promote awareness and understanding of the intersectionality of diverse identities that constitute our Simmons community. Through strategic partnerships, programming, and policy recommendations, we aim to transform our community into one that recognizes and celebrates diversity in all its forms, actively disrupts and challenges bias, and continuously seeks to achieve equity and inclusion for all.

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ODEI recognizes that this current moment has prompted important community concerns surrounding xenophobia, accessibility, health disparities and equity — in higher education and beyond provides regularly updated resources related to equity and inclusion.

Bias Impact Reporting

Bias, microaggressions, and prejudice have no place at our University, and our commitment to ensuring an inclusive, welcoming campus leads us to establish a process by which aggrieved members of the University can report potential incidents of bias, microaggressions, and prejudice.

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