Internal - Current Students

Student Organizations

Students can initiate the formation of a new organization at anytime in consultation with the SGA and Student Support and Alumni Networks. Student Support and Alumni Networks supports student groups in various ways including: logistics support, advertising and student outreach and accessing activity funding. Any student or group of students interested in starting an organization can send an email to Student Support and Alumni Networks.

Students have the right to organize in their own interest and are encouraged and supported in doing so. Students can organize affinity groups and other support groups or can come together to advocate for change in policy or curriculum.

Disability and Mental Health Community of Social Work Students

Not currently active (can be reinstated by student-led interest and request)

Disability and Mental Health Community of Social Work Students aims to provide a space for Simmons School of Social Work graduate students to form a community around and raise awareness of mental illness and disability among social work community. We believe that it is our ethical duty to reduce the stigma of mental illness and disability amongst our peers in order to begin to dismantle institutional and interpersonal ableism that negatively impacts our clients and their communities. In accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics, this group will “seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems” by creating this unique space within the Simmons School of Social Work. This group would offer peer support, engage in school-wide activism and provide opportunities for community education around the issues of mental illness and disability among social workers. This group is open to all Simmons School of Social Work graduate students who identify as having a mental illness and/or disability, or who struggle with mental health issues.

SSW LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning)

The SSW LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning) student group is open to students in both the BSW and MSW programs. The mission of the LGBTQ student group is to provide resources and educational opportunities to Simmons SSW faculty, staff, and students; to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and student needs in the program, and to provide a place of community for LGBTQ students.

NABSW

The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research.

The Simmons Student Chapter meets regularly throughout the year and participates in community service, fundraising events, attendance at the annual National Conference and more.

For more information on student membership, contact the Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, Eugenia Knight at [email protected].

NABSW

NABSW

NABSW

Student Leadership Council (SLC)

The Student Leadership Council aims to serve as a dynamic hub of communication of SSW events, issue advocacy and activities. Membership consists of nominated students from various student organizations, as well as elected representatives of the student body. Meetings will be open to all students and provide a structured forum to discuss current issues or events across the SSW community.

Student Veterans of Amerca (SVA)

Simmons Chapter of SVA’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed at Simmons College and following graduation. This Chapter will lead the way by combining our core values of military service with our deeply-held beliefs in inclusion, equality, and social justice.

Simmons Social Workers Taking Action Against Racism (STAAR)

Simmons Social Workers Taking Action Against Racism (STAAR)—formerly known as WSWAR – White Social Workers Against Racism—a group renamed and revived by MSW students at the beginning of Spring 2020. The group’s draft mission statement is as follows:

This group is composed of Simmons MSW students striving to build their skills for both personal and collaborative practice of anti-racism and accountability. STAAR is primarily intended to be a space for those who benefit from white supremacy to process their whiteness, unlearn racism, support their white peers in unlearning racism, and take action. A focus of the group will be on advocating for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion within the School of Social Work.

During the summer, we are meeting every other Monday, at 3pm, over Zoom. We have a listserv—please direct students to Leonie Cohen to be added to the list. Additionally, there is a Facebook group where upcoming events, resources, and ideas will be posted.