During the 2011 winter break, 33 sophomores took part in the Sophomore World Challenge, working on various projects related to the theme of “Poverty.” This was the second year the Sophomore World Challenge has been offered at Simmons, related to Strategic Opportunity #1, “Enhancements to Strengthen the Undergraduate College.” In 2010, students studied the issue of “World Hunger.”
During the most recent World Challenge, students took part in an intensive two-week program on campus, working in groups and with supporting faculty from various disciplines. Led by Assistant Professors Lisa Brown (SNHS) and Denise Hildreth (SSW), and Associate Professor Mindy Nitkin (SOM), the students studied the problem of poverty and collaborated to create several final projects aimed at finding solutions.
In January, the nine project teams presented their final projects to an audience of peers, faculty, and staff. Simmons President Helen Drinan attended the presentation as well as College of Arts and Sciences Dean Renée White and Associate Dean Cathie Mercier.
Projects included a one-day workshop for third and fourth-graders aimed at erasing the stigmas associated with poverty; a workshop to empower low-income high school girls with the college application process; and a video encouraging large corporations to support nonprofits.