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.
The Multicultural Center was founded in January 2018 due to the work of student activists and the support of key administrative staff. Our physical space is located in the Main College Building at the garden level across the bookstore. In the fall, the center will move to the quad level of the School of Management on the right side of the entrance.
In alignment with Simmons’ mission to provide transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose, 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.The Multicultural Center works in alignment with the Office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity's DEI strategy to ensure that.
We commit to the growth and healing of all systematically marginalized identities. We also commit to educating every student on social inequities and how to get engaged in improving the future. It is our mission to create a more visible and accessible inclusive multicultural center.
Our vision is to create a legacy of equitable and inclusive leadership by challenging our community to stretch beyond their current understanding to embrace discomfort, vulnerability, and to advance their understanding of intersectionality, critical thinking, personal accountability, empathy and compassion, and fostering community.
We aim to create a more visible and accessible inclusive multicultural space on campus that allows our students, faculty, and staff to collaborate with and draw strength from those whom they share a common identity while promoting intercultural and intergenerational dialogue and connection among all members of the Simmons community.
- To enhance one’s understanding of the diverse plethora of multiple identities and how they interact with each other daily.
- To expand the support of communities with which our students intersect.
- To empower community members to join in creating solutions where the gaps may lie.
- To commit to learning and educating self.
- To question information being presented.
- To take into consideration multiple perspectives.
- To analyze the implications of a belief or action.
- To resolve disagreements using evidence and logic
- To be committed to change.
- To be educated on current obstacles that students face and affect their experiences.
- To have the growth mindset to take ownership.
- To be lucid in communication and the direction of next steps.
- To seek out education and training from appropriate and informed sources.
- To engage in community based conflict resolution.
Empathy and Compassion
- To grow empathy to build stronger connections.
- To be active in gaining comprehension on new and nuanced perspectives.
- To commit to people over processes.
- To comprehend that any equity issue is a community responsibility.
- To evaluate and improve on the current resources capable of addressing current obstacles.
- To co-create and collaborate across backgrounds for solutions to community issues.
- To empower and center perspectives that live at the intersections of experiences.
- To participate in activities that encourage the exploration of one’s identity, culture, and heritage as well as an understanding of others in the community.