Simmons made history in 1995 when she became the first African-American woman to lead a top university and again in 2001, when she became the first African-American president of an Ivy League University.
In the last six years the exceptionally influential Wall Street firm, Goldman Sachs, has been reported to engage in business practices that would appear to be strongly at odds with the professed values of Harvard and just about any other not-for-profit university or college.
It is still so new that we, as women, have a strong voice. It needs to be heard and not suppressed, no matter how much we may disagree with some of the voices. The movement to suppress women's voices is alive and strong.
The presence of people of African descent on numerous teams across the globe is an open invitation to explore historic and contemporary migration patterns - both voluntary and involuntary - to broaden our perspectives about the world around us.
At Brown, cranes swing overhead as workers rush to finish multimillion-dollar initiatives. But the school is abuzz about something that will soon be missing from campus: many staff members are being pushed out.