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Widener Alumna to Speak About Liberia

February 14, 2013

SimmonsBy Maria Klecko ’15

When Williametta Simmons was a Widener sophomore twelve years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about her difficult journey from her native Liberia to the United States.  On February 25, Simmons – who now holds doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Widener – will speak on the Chester campus about an effort to aid her home country in West Africa.

As part of Widener’s Black History/Women’s History month, Simmons will give a lecture from noon- 1 p.m. in the Webb Room in University Center about a medical mission trip to Liberia she is participating in this March.  The purpose will be to provide medical and mental health services for Liberians; Simmons is also running a baby bottle drive.

Her presentation will include a brief history of Liberia that involves noting its connection with freed U.S. slaves and spotlighting influential Liberian women. Simmons survived the country’s civil war.

Simmons immigrated to the U.S. when she was 12. She graduated with a bachelor’s from Widener in 2004, and went on earn a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s in business administration. She is currently a clinical psychologist at Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Campus and works as an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Medicine.

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