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Fall Message from President Drinan

September 3, 2013

As we begin the new academic year, I am filled with gratitude for the many ways our alumnae/i, parents, faculty, staff, and friends actively support our students. Working together, the entire Simmons community makes it possible for our students to focus their drive and passion on the pursuit of exciting academic and career goals.

This year, Simmons will continue to exercise its distinctive commitment to women's education, leadership, and success – in the classroom, and beyond. For example, in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the first address to a legislature by a woman in the United States, Simmons is co-hosting "How Women Become Political." This political forum on October 7 in Boston will feature prominent women political leaders including Gloria Steinem, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, among others.

Over the summer, as part of our effort to help develop future women leaders internationally, Simmons welcomed 20 undergraduate African students for a five-week leadership training program. This was our second year hosting the "Study of the United States Institute on Women's Leadership," in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. It was a powerful experience for all involved.

As you think about your own participation in the Simmons community this year, please join me in supporting The Simmons Fund. Through your gifts, you allow us to provide scholarships, fund student and faculty research, and develop special initiatives that empower our students to become leaders on campus and in the wider world. When you make your gift today, you will have an immediate impact on the next generation of Simmons student leaders.

President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SMWarmly,

President Helen G. Drinan

Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM
President, Simmons College


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