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Students Solve “Big” Problems: Immigration & Social Justice

February 11, 2013

For 35 Simmons College sophomores, winter break was about more than just relaxing at home. For two weeks in January, this select group of students remained on campus for the Simmons World Challenge, an intensive program where students develop solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems aided by faculty members from across the college in various disciplines. This year’s two themes were: immigration and migration, and the failures of modern media as related to social justice issues.

On January 30, the 10 student teams had a chance to present their creative solutions to members of the Simmons community, as well as to representatives from nonprofits and corporations such as Open Society Foundation, The Hyams Foundation, General Electric, ANN Inc., Solidago Foundation, and Rest Devices. Student projects included a marketing program for immigrant entrepreneurs, a political action campaign in support of the Violence Against Women Act, a news application for busy mothers, and a YouTube channel for immigrant families seeking health care information.

Previous World Challenge programs focused the issues of World Hunger and Poverty.

Click here to watch the Simmons World Challenge video, created by sophomore Sarah Galvez.

Photo Caption: Participants in this year’s World Challenge presented their research to the Simmons Community Jan. 30.