50 Years of Africana Studies at Simmons University

The Africana Studies program at Simmons University offers opportunities for students to critically examine the historical, political, social, economic, and cultural processes and institutions of people across the African diaspora, including the experiences of Black people in the United States and across the globe.

The program has a long history at Simmons and was established in 1972 in response to Black student activism on campus. In 2022, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the program’s founding. We aim to hold a large in-person celebration with students, alumnae/i, and faculty in the 2022-2023 school year. 

We encourage you to browse this site to learn about the history of Africana Studies at Simmons, the current state of the program, and plans for its future.

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Patricia Phipps (1975)


Photograph of Patricia Phipps from the Simmons Yearbook, Microcosm (1975).