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Multicultural Affairs

Simmons College Multicultural Affairs program was founded to educate individuals and communities on issues of diversity and also to provide resources for our multicultural community. The Multicultural Affairs program is a place for Simmons' students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage in conversation and share opinions about creating a diversified and more accepting community.

Multicultural Student Organizations

Many student organizations at Simmons address multicultural issues and interests. Some of these include:

  • The Alliance
  • Asian Student Association (ASA)
  • Black Student Organization (BSO)
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  • Commuter Student Organization (CSO)
  • Dix Scholars Association
  • Hillel
  • Model United Nations
  • Organizacion Latino Americana (OLA)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • Simmons Christian Fellowship
  • Simmons College Democrats
  • Simmons Islamic Society
  • Simmons College Republicans
  • SPEAK (Students for Political Engagement, Awareness, and Knowledge)
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Women's Center

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Scholarships / Internships / Conferences

African American/ Black Student Scholarships

Hispanic/Latina/o Student Scholarships

Asian/Pacific Islander Student Scholarships

Native American Students Scholarships

The second financial assistance program is the Elizabeth B. Rawlins Endowed Scholarship. Each academic year, in celebration of Dean Rawlins's legacy, members of the AAAA will award one or more scholarships to full-time African merican (preferred) students attending Simmons.

Mary F. Sneed Loan Reduction Scholarship
The F. Mary Sneed Scholarship will be awarded to a Black or Latina undergraduate student with the purpose of reducing her student loan burden. Recipient must demonstrate significant need as determined by Student Financial Services. The grant (approximately $4,000) will be awarded to an African American or Latina undergraduate. If a qualifying African American or Latina student cannot be identified, the award may be made to a first-generation college student of any ethnic background who demonstrates a commitment to multiculturalism at Simmons.

Carol Waller Pope Leadership Award
This award, established following the 2005 Black Alumnae/i Symposium, is a financial prize honoring Symposium Chair Carol Waller Pope ‘74. Nominees should demonstrate exceptional leadership through their involvement in diverse campus organizations. Leadership need not be exemplified through an officer or chair position, but may also be demonstrated through unique and exceptional contributions to community life at Simmons. The award recipient is a student of color who consistently exhibits cooperation, team spirit, and professionalism; shares a generous and unselfish attitude; displays resourcefulness to meet the needs of others; and enables individuals and groups to flourish.

Multicultural Community Award
This award is designed to celebrate the contribution of a student who, by involvement, attitude, and action, has enhanced the development of a multicultural community at Simmons. Undergraduates in all four classes are eligible for considerate.

Betty Rawlins Funds
Dr. Elizabeth B. Rawlins '67GS was the first tenured African American professor at Simmons College. She was appointed associate dean of the College in 1984, and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1992. She is a former chair of the Salem State College board of trustees, and currently is on the Simmons board of corporators. In 1989, to honor her acomplishments and continue the support Rawlins gave many students who attended the College, the Simmons College African American Alumnae Association (AAAA) established two financial assistance programs, a student assistance fund and a scholarship award fund. Emergency Loan Fund The E.B. Rawlins Student Assistance Fund can be used as a loan fund where repayment may be made immediately or may begin within six months of the student's graduation or leaving the College. There are no interest charges unless the student does not fulfill the repayment agreement.

Connecting with Alums

Mosaic Multicultural Mentoring Program

Apply to 'Mosaic,' Simmons' unique multicultural mentoring program! Mosaic gives juniors and sophomores of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to meet accomplished Simmons alumnae who work in their career field of interest. Through the program, you will have the opportunity to shadow an alumna — also from a diverse background — at her workplace. Selected students will travel to meet their mentor one-on-one for one or two business days, all expenses paid by Simmons.

Success Connection Program (Attention Seniors!)

Apply to Success Connection, a unique mentoring program that literally connects students with success in the form of highly accomplished Simmons alumnae. You will have the opportunity to shadow an alumna working in your career field of interest at her workplace! Selected students travel to meet their mentor one-on-one for one or two business days, all expenses paid by Simmons.

Learn more about these programs on the Career Education Center site

Taking Action

EVERY YEAR more than half a million college students are targets of bias-driven
slurs or physical assaults.

EVERY DAY at least one hate crime occurs on a college campus.

EVERY MINUTE a college student somewhere sees or hears racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise biased words or images.

It's time to educate each other and take action.

Building Our Community: 10 Ways To Take Action at Simmons

What can we do when a bias incident occurs?

  1. RISE UP
    Do Something. Don't let hate go unchallenged. Apathy, in some ways, can be as dangerous as hate.
    Don't let hate and different approaches to address incidents tear people apart on campus; pull together instead.
    Join with others; use your voices to denounce bigoted actions and behaviors.
    Empower communities to have a voice. Too often, decisions are made on behalf of victims, but without their actual input.
    Hate crime or bias incident? Because of the involvement of the criminal justice system, hate crimes may be responded to differently than a bias incident.
    Prepare yourself to understand and work with the media to educate the community.
    Before, during, and after a bias crisis, know your resources, like the Office of Multicultural Affairs, to help provide the support and advocacy needed.
    Bias incidents are usually connected to or indicative of larger systemic and social issues. Participate and promote programs and trainings that can proactively educate.
    After an immediate crisis has passed, what happens now? Continue action and dialogue.
    What happens after you leave campus? Creating institutional memory and inspiring students to continue the dialogue are essential.


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Who We Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundation of Black Solidarity, Tommie Shelby

In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All, William Schulz

Savage Inequalities: Children In America's Schools, Jonathan Kozal

Saving Our Sons: Raising Black Children in a Turbulent World, Marita Golden

Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships, Emily Bernard

Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of Shifting Self, Rebecca Walker

The Mammoth Book of Native Americans: The Story of America's Original Inhabitants in all its Beauty, Magic, Truth and Tragedy, Jon L. Lewis, ed.

The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts and Culture in the Classroom, Lisa Delpit & Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, ed.

Love in Black and White: The Triumph of Love Over Prejudice and Taboo, Mark and Gail Mathabane

Contact Us

Simmons College
Lisa Smith-McQueenie
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-521-2120