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Vision and Persistence

As we all know, setting a goal is one thing; achieving it is quite another. Progress and success often hinge on persistence. That fact jumps out in this issue of the magazine in articles about members of the Simmons community pursuing visionary goals.

In announcing Simmons’ plans for transitioning to a new president next year, Board of Trustees Chair Regina Pisa lauds President Helen Drinan for her decade of leadership, hard work and achievement. “Our next leader will inherit a university that is strong, relevant and innovative,” says Pisa.  

One can’t help being inspired by the persistence of Adela Raz ’08. Our cover story describes her remarkable journey from war-torn Afghanistan to Simmons in pursuit of a career of service to her country. Now she is Afghanistan’s top diplomat at the United Nations. 

Nationally recognized emergency management expert Claire Rubin ’61 persists in her decades-long commitment to helping communities prepare for and recover from disasters. You’ll also read how Simmons scholars are advancing efforts to help behavior analysts work more effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.

Other examples of persistence paying off include a professor’s multiyear pursuit of a prestigious National Science Foundation grant, and alumnae/i shaking up everything from politics and e-commerce to Boston’s cultural scene. We hope you’ll enjoy these stories and more.

As always, we welcome your insights, suggestions and story ideas.

Robert Dunn, Editor
bob.dunn@simmons.edu