Founded in Allyship, Inclusion, and Innovation
Simmons University was founded by Boston businessman John Simmons over a century ago to empower women to develop financially independent and impactful lives. The college offered a pioneering liberal arts education that integrated intellectual exploration, professional work experience, and community outreach. Its founding spirit of allyship and inclusion also forged a groundbreaking pathway for African-American and Jewish women to earn degrees.
(Photo: Founder John Simmons was an early male ally and upstander role model.)