CASE FOR SUPPORT
Simmons’ Unique Identity
Simmons College of Kentucky has a long tradition of leadership in social justice initiatives for Black Americans. Simmons will continue to be a center of excellence in social justice thought. It will continue to bring outstanding scholars and thinkers together to comment on the status quo and set standards for a just and ethical democracy. This social justice imperative pervades all of Simmons’ degree programs and is unique in higher education because it brings the history and perspective of Black Americans into focus throughout all areas of the curriculum.
Simmons is an economic engine for the city of Louisville., creating employment, generating revenue, taxes, and renovation projects. Simmons College of Kentucky is geographically situated within Louisville’s Black community, thus making it accessible to talented, yet overlooked citizens with great-untapped potential.
For low-income Black youth, Louisville’s only HBCU provides a unique environment in which they can grow and flourish. The college’s Black-centric curriculum, is undergirded by faith-based ethics, and values: Black role models who build strong relationships with students, all work together to instill in its graduates the discipline, and perseverance needed to create a new path for their lives and communities. Being in a community of Black learners and inspiring Black scholars provides a context for learning for students who have suffered the reality of racism and deprivation and enlivens them with a vision what they can achieve with their good work and dedication.
Simmons’ future is based on embracing its unique history and mission to provide a comprehensive education that prepares graduates who have the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and apply knowledge to complex problems in an ethical way. Through its mission, Simmons seeks to build leaders who have the strength of character to define proudly who they are, the vision to articulate social equity for an ethical world, and the perseverance to effect positive change in all phases of their work, families, and communities.
LONG RANGE PLAN
THE TEACHER EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Developing a teacher education program for preparing licensed secondary school teachers will be the anchor of Simmons’ future identity and organizational development.
UPGRADE ACADEMIC OFFERINGS
Future degree offerings could include Data Science, Psychology, Applied Mathematics, Black Male Studies, Womanist Studies, Music Education, and Sports Management.
DEVELOP QUALIFIED AND ACCREDITED DISTANCE LEARNING PLATFORMS
Online course offerings offer the potential to increase enrollment, tuition, and sustainability.
CREATE A FULL COMPLIMENT OF HBCU CULTURAL EXPERIENCES
Black students attend an HBCU because they seek a full range of interpersonal and cultural experiences that include Greek life, intramural sports, athletic teams and facilities, student government, and other co-curricular activities.
IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
Addition of a student center & library, athletic structures, renovation of facilities, and stable operations.
YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL
2020 is remembered as the year of a social justice awakening in America. Causing many people to examine what the impact of systemic racism is in this country. Simmons College of Kentucky is one of the 101 remaining Historically Black Colleges & Universities in United States. HBCU’s provide opportunities through education to create pathways to the middle class for Black America. For the largest part of Simmons’ history, it has been a “hidden jewel in plain sight”.
Now is the time to invest in this jewel. During this important juncture of examination in our country’s racial history, Simmons stands resolute in its role as an institution that will continue to be a catalyst for change in the world. Significant funding is needed now….
Will you join us to be an agent of change?
Simmons College of KY has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
None of the Simmons College of KY programs lead to licensure.
Simmons College of Kentucky is nationally accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education