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Professor Simmons to give METCO Director’s Association Conference keynote address December 4, 2015.

Professor Simmons to give METCO Director’s Association Conference keynote address December 4, 2015. (See Announcement here).

The METCO Directors’ Association (MDA), founded in 1975, provides educational leadership in the areas of school desegregation, academic achievement for students of color, multicultural education, and parent empowerment. The MDA membership is comprised of concerned professionals who serve as METCO Directors or Coordinators in more than thirty suburban communities in the metropolitan Boston area.

Massachusetts’ METCO program (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) enables students who live in Boston and Springfield to attend opportunity-rich suburban schools. METCO is one of eight voluntary interdistrict school desegregation programs in the United States and the second longest-running program of its kind.






Dream Big Foundation Launches Innovative Programming to Help Brooklyn Residents Become Entrepreneurs

Some say the biggest changes in Brooklyn in recent years are the wave of gentrification that has swept the borough and the arrival of a Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial culture. The first has brought with it both new business opportunities and skyrocketing rents; the second has revitalized neighborhoods like Dumbo, where major startups such as Etsy have their offices, and put Brooklyn on the map as its own destination outside the shadow of Manhattan.

But Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood, with a long history of high poverty and crime rates, has seen little of either. The Dream Big Foundation is hoping an entrepreneurial focus will help the neighborhood improve and maintain control over its future.  Read More

Professor Omari Simmons presents for the Carolina Advising Corps at UNC-Chapel Hill

On Monday, June 29, Professor Omari Simmons gave a presentation titled “Social Capital and Navigating the Higher Education Landscape” for the Carolina Advising Corps. The presentation was part of the training of new Carolina Advising Corps participants. “The Carolina College Advising Corps helps low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students find their way to colleges that will serve them well. By providing well-trained, enthusiastic advisers who are close in circumstance to the students they serve, the program aims to increase college-going rates at partner high schools across North Carolina,” said Simmons.  Read More

Professor Simmons Inducted into MERIT Hall of Fame

Professor Omari Simmons was inducted into the MERIT Hall of Fame for his efforts advancing higher education opportunity in Southern Delaware. The ceremony was held at the Seaford Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, June 6 in Seaford, Delaware.

MERIT is a college access program targeting underrepresented minority students. Over a 30-year history, MERIT has over 300 college graduates among its alumni. Professor Simmons’ nonprofit, the Simmons Memorial Foundation, has partnered with MERIT for almost two decades. Delaware State Representative Harvey Kenton and MERIT Director John Hollis presented the awards.  Read More

Professor Simmons presents for Partnership Village Transitional Housing Program

Professor Simmons presented for the Partnership Village Transitional Housing Program in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.  Professor Simmons gave a presentation titled “College 101“ for Partnership Village, residents, staff, and volunteers.  Partnership Village is a part of Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Beyond GUM program that focuses on ending homelessness through rapid re-housing.

Learn more about Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Beyond GUM program here.

Professor Omari Simmons to present at the National Business Law Scholars Conference on Thursday, June 4

Professor Omari Simmons will present his article “Delaware’s Global Threat” at the National Business Law Scholars Conference at Seton Hall University School of Law on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

This is the sixth annual meeting of the NBLSC, a conference which annually draws together legal scholars from across the United States and around the world. The conference welcomes all scholarly submissions relating to business law. Presentations focus on research appropriate for publication in academic journals, law reviews, and make contributions to the existing scholarly literature. Read More