Virtual Open House

Listen to our virtual open house from December 5, 2018 where we discuss how we can create an inclusive and equitable campus with members of our online community.

Upcoming Events

Diversity Abroad Conference: Equity and Opportunity Through Inclusive Global Education
March 2-5, 2019, Boston, MA
Since 2013 the annual Diversity Abroad Conference — along with the Global Student Leadership Summit & the MSI Global Education Summit — has constituted the most comprehensive national forum on issues of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education. In March 2019 over 700 education professionals, student leaders, employers, and leading graduate programs will meet in Boston, MA to chart a path forward to reach a shared vision — to support student academic success, interpersonal growth and career readiness through equitable access to global educational opportunities. The goal: that the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be academically, personally, and professionally successful in the 21st century interconnected world.

Boston Area International Women's Day 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Celebrate International Women's Day at Simmons University! Join us for a conversation on women's advocacy, liberation and the immigration movement with a select group of panelists. RSVP required.

The Harvard LGBTQ Conference
Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:00 PM - Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 9:00 PM
Connect with activists, advocates, and other like-minded individuals at Harvard's LGBTQ+ conference! Not limited to Harvard affiliates, This conference seeks to spark genuine partnership through an exploration of what members of the LGBTQ+ community are doing to create a brighter and just future. Registration required.

7th Annual Lesbians+ of Color Symposium
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Lesbians of Color Collection is hosting their 7th annual symposium! Co-hosted by Harvard Law School Lambda, join them for dynamic discussions, community building, and more. Featuring keynote speakers activist and writer Raquel Willis and performer and writer Jenna Tenn-Yuk, this event is not one to miss. Tickets required.

Culturally Responsive & Inclusive Curriculum Resources
This resource center from Portland State University provides faculty with materials to create courses that are culturally equipped and inclusion focused. This platform includes resources on creating inclusive classroom spaces broken down by subject, research strategies and more.

JP Webinars for Higher Education Professionals
This higher education centered webinar resource offers a range of educational materials with a commitment to funding student scholarship. Topics include advancing social justice capacities, developing critical reflection in your daily work, and more.

Highlighted Webinars

Black Lives Matter: From a Movement to Action on Campus
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join Diversity Awareness Program CEO and Founder Justin L. Brown as he facilitates a call to action discussion on Black Lives Matter on College Campuses. Does your campus have all of the skills necessary to provide students with the tools to be successful? What is you role in directing and engaging student activism and how can we challenge and support work with diversity within our college campuses? Is there a space for having these difficult conversations among ourselves as well as students, faculty and staff? Find out your next steps in this conversation to action!

Uplifting Womxn of Color in Higher Education Beyond Equity and Inclusion
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm
This panel discussion of womxn of color will explore the multidimensional facets of discrimination that impact them and explore tools to overcome and uplift oppression's grip.

Developing Critical Reflection in your Daily Work
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sometimes we live day-to-day without critically reflecting on the impact our day-to-day work has on the people around us. We can make decision without considering the impact it will have on everyone involved. We can "use our best judgment" without reflecting on what has informed that judgment. We can unintentionally cause harm without including critical reflection in our daily practices.We will explore what critical reflection is and why it is important for us to include in our practices. In this webinar, we will focus on strategies you can implement to reflect more critically on your daily practices in order to be a more inclusive, mindful, and engaged leader to your family, colleagues, students, and yourself.

Internal Resources

Activism 101
What does activism truly mean? This guide seeks to answer that question and more through videos, articles, books and infographics, to name a few. This guide provides comprehensive resources on the foundation of activism and where you might stand in your own activism journey.

Explore the history of activism at Simmons University through an interactive online exhibit. See how Simmons' students made advocacy integral to their curriculum and solidified Simmons as a place where change can happen.

Black History@Simmons
Delve into the history of the first Black students at Simmons and explore Black history over the University's years. Read how student activism created integral community changes and how the University still strives to make Simmons an inclusive space.

Beatley Library Anti-Oppression Guide
The Simmons Library presents a guide to navigating anti oppression frameworks through a social justice lens. This includes information about diversity, inclusion, and anti oppression strategies and theories. A must read for the Simmons community.

External Resources

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
This member based organization provides support and resources to those in higher education working towards the betterment the experiences of those of diverse sexual orientations. Through the consortium, you can receive networking opportunities with like minded individuals, educational and professional development resources and collaborative engagement - all with the mission to advocate for more inclusive practices within a social and racial justice lens.