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Simmons Hosts State Department Program for Women Leaders

July 10, 2013

For the past several weeks, 20 undergraduate African students have been taking part in the “Study of the United States Institute on Women’s Leadership" at Simmons, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to promote a better understanding of the United States abroad and help develop future leaders.

Since arriving in June, the students have studied the history of women’s leadership in the United States, as well as volunteerism and nonprofits in the United States and Africa. In addition to academic classes with Simmons faculty, the institute includes leadership training, community service, and travel to local historic and cultural sites like the Massachusetts State House and Museum of Fine Arts.

The students attended a reception hosted by Simmons College Alumna and Trustee Roslyn Watson at her home. Afterward, they spent the weekend with host families in Massachusetts before returning to the Simmons campus.

Joining the African students for the duration of the program are five Simmons students who have been selected as Richardson International Fellows. Their participation and travel is full supported by alumna Grace Richardson ’60.

Later this month, the students will embark on an educational tour of the East Coast, with stops in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. to visit historic landmarks. Follow the participants and their activities on Twitter @StudyoftheUS.

Photo Caption: African students at Women's History Trail in Boston Common.