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Simmons in the Community

Nationwide, colleges and universities are struggling with an obligation to demonstrate "civic engagement." But not at Simmons, where social responsibility is second nature. During the past century, innovative and long- term partnerships between Simmons and the Boston community have influenced social welfare reform, improved K-12 schools, established public health programs, supported libraries and literacy, and helped empower women.

Today, more than 40 programs and initiatives connect Simmons with its Boston neighbors, including schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. The care we take in listening to the needs of each organization allows us to match our resources and expertise, and develop strong, reciprocal partnerships. This collaborative, college-wide approach to community service — along with our "can-do" attitude — has earned Simmons a reputation as an excellent neighbor.

A Culture of Social Responsibility

  • The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service facilitates commu- nity service opportunities for the entire Simmons community — including internships, service learning, work-study, and volunteer experiences.
  • Everyone at Simmons — from students, faculty, and alumnae/i, to staff and senior administrators — gets involved in outreach such as the Promising Pals mentoring program, Special Olympics events, Global Community Service Day, and a silent auction that benefits the neighborhood food bank.

Service Learning

  • More than 600 Simmons undergraduate and graduate students participate in local and international service learning courses each year, dedicating approximately 12,000 hours of community service to partners such as Boston’s David G. Farragut Elementary School and the YMCA International Learning Center.

Student Volunteerism

  • The student-led Simmons Community Outreach organization coor- dinates volunteer outreach, ranging from early childhood education and tutoring programs, to health and homelessness projects, and events like the Safe Halloween Party for school children.

Promoting Social Change

  • The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change co-sponsors community programs and activities that promote social change for women and girls, including the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus annual convention, the Center for New Words book read- ings, and the Girls Get Connected technology conference.

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