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REEF Support Center

Welcome Sharks!

In the ocean, the coral reef offers generations of sea life shelter and food, to support a healthy ocean.

At Simmons, the REEF Support Center acts as a similar support hub for undergraduate, graduate, and online students. REEF refers to Resilience, Efficacy, and Empowerment through Foundational support services.

Our Vision

We inspire our students, faculty and staff, and alumnx to be partners in a collective effort to connect student’s to foundational resources, dismantle systemic barriers in accessing support, and develop organizing skills for community advocacy and agency.

Our Mission

We will centralize student resources by offering foundational support specific to food access, housing access and off-campus living, emergency funding, as well as our Violence Prevention, Education, and Outreach program. We operate from a framework of collective liberation that is grounded in the belief that our community thrives most when all members have access to holistic resources. By fostering a culture of care and support, we disrupt the historical and present violence of white supremacy and provide an opportunity for connection, community building, and healing.

Get Connected

Knowing where to start when navigating supports at Simmons and in the greater Boston community can be challenging. That’s why we exist! Connect with us by emailing [email protected] to set up a 1 on 1 meeting with a Support Specialist, and/or review community supports and resources local to Boston, MA! More information about the services we offer can be found by exploring the sub-tabs located on the left of our webpage.

Visit Us

Mondays-Fridays 8:30am-4:30pm

Welcome to the REEF Support Center. We are located in the MCB in the Commuter Student/ Dix Scholar Lounge (A-075 A and B). The REEF Support Center is a hub for any Simmons student to stop by. Meet peers, connect with a REEF team member, or enjoy some quiet time in this spacious study spot. Our cozy space allows students to relax, do homework, or chill out.

REEF Center
REEF Center
REEF Center

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 617-521-3044

In the REEF Support Center, we offer students resources such as:

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Snacks
  • Tea Kettle
  • Tea/Hot Cocoa
  • SAD Lamps
  • Office Supplies (whole punch, stapler, pencil sharpener)
  • Games and Puzzles for student use!
  • Resources

The REEF Support Center also connects students to off-campus resources when needed. We recommend utilizing this Guide after visiting our exhausting the on campus resources listed on our website.

Meet The Team

Matoaka (she/they) is the inaugural Director of the REEF Support Center, a Simmons alum, and a big fan of bright-colored blazers. Matoaka brings a background in Macro Social Work (BSW from Simmons and MSW from the University of Michigan) and has a passion for community building through frameworks of community care and liberation. In her free time, Matoaka can be found camping, working on her small greeting card business, and trying to use a cookbook recipe, but mostly eating all of the ingredients before they make it into the dish.  Matoaka is excited to partner with students and staff to build up resources at Simmons, as well as facilitate connection and belonging. Check out her Top 10 playlist.


2022-2023 MSW Interns

Anne Post (she/her) is a Social Work Intern within the REEF support center. Anne is a first year MSW student interested in working with individuals that find themselves in need of multiple support systems temporarily or long term. She enjoys discovering new resources that may bring relief to Boston residents and students. Anne enjoys the healing effects of being outside in nature and the deep silence that can be found there. She enjoys being active, swimming, biking, dancing and yoga-any movement will do. Anne enjoys the diversity and rich cultures the Simmons students bring to campus. She is looking forward to collaborating with Simmons students in finding whatever they may need.

 

Tanner Hammond (he/him) is a Social Work Intern within the REEF Support Center. In addition to searching for the best tacos in Boston, he is currently completing his MSW at Simmons University. Tanner comes to the position with a background as a college educator and a passion for helping students as they navigate personal, institutional, and social obstacles to their well-being. To that end, he is motivated by the idea that resilience is something that happens through the care and support of community, not something we do “on our own.” When not thinking about social work and collective liberation, Tanner is playing music, riding his bike along the Charles, and experimenting with taco recipes. Excited about building community through REEF, he invites recipe recommendations and playlists as good as Matoaka Kipp’s.