Simmons College Names New School in Honor of Late Alumna Gwen Ifill

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On the first anniversary of her passing, Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts announced that it will name its new school of Media, Arts, and Humanities after the Peabody award-winning journalist, according to a report from the Boston Globe.

“For over 100 years, our mission at Simmons has been to prepare our students to lead meaningful lives and build successful careers. Gwen’s example stands tall in that mission,” said Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College.

Ifill, who graduated with her B.A. in Communications from Simmons in 1977, was a trailblazer in the journalism field. She was the first Black woman to host a nationally-broadcast public affairs television program, the “Washington Week in Review,” and the first Black woman to moderate a U.S. vice presidential debate.

The Gwen Ifill School of Media, Arts and Humanities is set to officially launch in fall of 2018 with 800 students expected to enroll.

Take a look at the full press release from Simmons College here

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Kési Felton is a sophomore Journalism major from Atlanta, Georgia. This year she serves as the Senior Editor for Her Campus Howard Chapter. She also works with the Cathy Hughes School of Communications Student Council as the Assistant Director of the Freshman Mentoring Program. In addition to writing her own personal blog, she has written articles for Walker's Legacy and Pretty Girls Sweat, LLC. Through writing and journalism, Kési hopes to share the stories of underrepresented groups, starting with Black women.