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London Center for Community Engagement and Social Justice

The London Center for Community Engagement and Social Justice develops student leadership around community engagement and social justice through co-curricular programs, service-learning courses, and other events.


We're currently recruiting team members for several programs! Applications for the following programs are rolling until filled.


  • Alternative Spring Break: Join a student-led, social justice-driven team for a week of ethical service, reflection, learning, and more. Students travel during the week of spring break to an area designated by the group. Apply to be a Team Member to join the trip. Apply to be a Team Leader to plan and lead the experience!
  • America Learns: Volunteer to help provide fundamental support to teachers and educators at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Roxbury. 
  • Jumpstart AmeriCorps: Join a team of your Simmons peers to support language, literacy, and social emotional learning & development for preschoolers in Boston! 
  • Strong Women Strong Girls: Work with a group of Simmons students to deliver a research-based, female-centered curriculum and skill building activities for third through fifth graders in the Boston area. 


We will also be at Connections Carnival on September 13 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM; be sure to drop by and visit us there! 

The London Center is Hiring! 


The London Center is hiring for our Program Assistant position. Program Assistants support the critical operations of the London Center by staffing the office in person during designated shifts, greeting visitors, answering questions, 

referring individuals to the proper resources, and directly supporting London Center programs and operations. Each Program Assistant additionally has a primary responsibility for one of the following areas of focus: Social Justice, Service & Volunteering, and Civic Engagement. Learn more and apply →


LocationWe’ve Moved! We are now located in the Center for Student Success in the Lefavour Building.

Hours: M-F, 8:30 AM to 4:40 PM on campus and remote

Email[email protected]


Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

Photo of SURPASs Summer 2023 Cohort. Faculty Mentors: Elizabeth Donovan (Psychology), Heather Hole (Art), Valerie Leiter (Public Health), Nanette Veilleux (Computer Science & Informatics), Arpita Saha (Chemistry & Physics). Scholars: Ari Metcalf '26, Kaz Gebhardt '25, Caitlin Curry '24, Aiman Mehboob Mandli '25, Abigail Rothstein '25, Leila Aydibi '24, Reagan Cleversey '26, Cassidy Beyer '25, Bella Santos '25.

Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URF) connects undergraduate students with funding for independent research projects, creative endeavors, conference presentations, and summer research programs at Simmons. 


We encourage students to pursue their intellectual curiosities, creative, and professional ambitions beyond the classroom setting. Our programs include:


Seed Starter: Fund for Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors

Starting or developing a concept for a new business plan, research project, or creative endeavor? The Fund for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors provides up to $500 on materials and supplies to get started. Project ideas need to have viability and the support or endorsement of a faculty member or professional supervisor. Applications are reviewed on the 15th of every month as long as funds are available. Learn more and apply →



The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Simmons (SURPASs) a paid, mentored summer research and creative scholarship experience for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The SURPASs intensive takes place for six weeks from the end of May to June. Students receive a $3,000 stipend, a budget of up to $1,000, supplies, and room and board on campus. In addition, faculty mentors receive a stipend of $2,000. Learn more and apply →


Passionate Leaders Project

The Passionate Leaders Project represents the summit of independent learning and provides up to $4,000 to pursue an independent research project, creative project, or an internship project of their interest outside of classroom studies. The PLP is highly competitive and is open to second-semester sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applications for the fall semester will be accepted until October 6, 2023. 

Learn more and apply →


Undergraduate Student Conference Fund

URF provides up to $500 to undergraduate students presenting at academic and professional conferences. Due to the high volume of requests each year, funding is limited each semester to benefit as many students as possible. 

Learn more and apply →


Email [email protected] with any questions!


External Fellowships

URF supports students in identifying and applying for nationally and internationally competitive fellowships! These represent exciting and potentially life-changing opportunities to pursue a fully or partially-funded graduate degree in the U.S. or abroad, study abroad, gain real-life experience in research, policy, and practice, or explore other areas of interest. 


Upcoming fellowship deadlines:


  • Boren Scholarship: The Boren Scholarship is an undergraduate language study award that funds study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national security. It includes a service requirement: employment with the federal government for at least one year upon graduation. Deadline: Jan 31
  • Critical Language Scholarship: The CLS Pro­gram is a ful­ly-fund­ed study abroad pro­gram spon­sored by the U.S. Depart­ment of State that pro­vides inten­sive over­seas lan­guage and cul­tur­al immer­sion and is open to U.S. stu­dents enrolled in all degree pro­grams at Simmons. Deadline: TBA (typically Nov)
  • Gilman Scholarship: The Gilman Scholarship provides funding for study abroad to Pell-eligible undergraduates. Deadline: Oct 5
  • Udall Scholarship: The Udall Scholarship provides undergraduate funding to sophomores and juniors who demonstrate commitment to issues related to Native American nations and the environment. Scholarships are awarded in three categories: The Environment, Tribal Policy, and Native Health Care. Simmons Deadline: Please notify us of your intent to apply so we can provide you with the application. You will be required to submit your completed application to us three weeks before the National Deadline. Deadline: Mar 2


Email [email protected]u with questions or to set up a meeting with an advisor.


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