The office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity (OCIE) offers a vast array of educational and social events, programs, and resources that aim to engage, support, empower, and celebrate students, staff, and faculty of color and those of marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds.

Annual Programs and Activities

OCIE provides a wide variety of programming and educational initiatives focused on community building, education and training, and leadership development. Below is a sample of OCIE's offerings.

  • Staff and Faculty of Color Socials
  • Pronoun Primers for Faculty and Staff
  • Annual Community Iftar
  • Undoing Racism Workshops
  • National Day of Racial Healing

See a full list of upcoming OCIE events.

Co-Sponsorship Form

If you would like OCIE to co-sponsor your event, please complete the event co-sponsorship form and a member of our team will contact you shortly.

Past Programming

In 2019, the office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity was thrilled to have put together a series of events that reflected our mission to elevate marginalized voices, connect with student groups to create diverse programming, and continue our commitment to inclusive excellence.

January 2019 saw the Sisters of the Academy hold their annual symposium for Black Women in Higher Education, followed by the National Day of Racial Healing. Spring welcomed activist Rachel Cargle for a conversation on feminism and race, while Spring ended with a Community Iftar in partnership with the Simmons Islamic Society.

In the Fall, we worked with the Trans and Nonbinary Collective for International Pronouns Day and held a Pronoun Primer workshop for community members. Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard led a workshop on intersectionality and forging connections for students, staff, and faculty, while Harlan Pruden, a two-spirited scholar and activist, led a series of conversations on sex, gender and sexuality in historical and contemporary Native America.

We are excited to continue to create dynamic programming that adds to the already rich dialogues and critical thinking that is present in the Simmons Community.

Ramadan Welcome 2020 - On Monday, April 27th, the office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity (OCIE) and Simmons Islamic Society (SIS) hosted a virtual Ramadan Welcome. If you missed out, we invite you to listen to a recording of the event now!

Upcoming Events

Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program Lectureship Event

  • Feb 29, 2024
  • 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Linda K. Paresky Conference Center