(July 13, 2012) -- Simmons College hosted 20 undergraduate women from five African countries, along with 10 Simmons students, for a U.S. State Department initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the United States abroad and to help develop future world leaders.
As part of the program, participants developed leadership skills and enhanced their understanding of United States' history, government, and society with a particular focus on women's leadership. During the five-week program, they volunteered at Boston-area non-profits, toured the Museum of Fine Arts to learn about women artists, and met with local elected and appointed government officials. In addition, the students participated in an educational tour in Atlanta and Washington D.C., where they visited historic sites of the civil rights movement.
Simmons faculty in Africana Studies, history, political science, and management worked with the students to map out their leadership journey, which focused on critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial skills in the context of the history and reality of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society.