Commitment to Inclusivity
Fostering a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.
President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The President’s Advisory Council (PAC) recognizes that our society and its many organizations are challenged by underlying systems of oppression. This oppression can be seen through “isms,” such as racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism, and classism, to name a few.
The charge to the Advisory Council is to demonstrate inclusive everyday leadership by increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Simmons through action, institutional change, education and development, inspiration, and measurement.
At Simmons University, we are committed to the full participation of all students in our programs and activities. The University makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations so that students can be ensured equal access and works to remove any barriers which may prevent this from happening.
The Multicultural Center strives to help students merge the narratives of who they are with their academic and professional commitments. We acknowledge that an individual is made up of a multiplicity of identities that shape their experiences and we aim to provide space and education necessary to explore the intersections of who they are. 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, and Equity
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.
The Organizational Culture, Inclusion & Equity Office (OCIE) is dedicated to upholding Simmons’ commitment of providing a transformative and supportive learning environment. We recognize that a robust intellectual community for all requires moving beyond notions of representation and toward authentic engagement, thoughtful participation and inclusive membership.
The Office of Spiritual Life works 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. We help students connect to the larger community of their neighborhoods in the city by organizing opportunities for students to serve people in need through community service. We support students on an individual basis by providing referrals to local houses of worship and offering spiritual directing.
Simmons also encourages students to balance their spiritual life with their college experience by providing resources and making accommodations on the Residence Campus to support students who want to live a faithful life.
At Simmons, 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. Sexual harassment is a broad term used to identify a number of unwelcome behaviors, of a sexual nature, that are prohibited by Simmons.