"He loved UConn and was a student affairs vice president during the 70s...African American alums of that era revered Dr. Simons. They felt that he was their advisor, protector, mentor, and friend."
—Dr. Willena Price, former director of the African American Cultural Center
Dr. H. Fred Simons
August 20, 1925 - April 10, 2013
Dr. Simons had a significant presence in the history of the University of Connecticut (UConn). For his early efforts in multicultural education, the African American Cultural Center was named after him. He was one of the first African American Students to receive a doctorate from the NEAG School of Education. He was responsible for restructuring the Day of Pride and established the first university full scholarship for students of color. Often looked upon as a role model and father figure, he was easily approachable and was seen by students and faculty as fair, compassionate, firm, and professional.
Dr. Simons retired in 1989 but continued to visit the African American Cultural Center on an annual basis. In 2007, he was presented the University of Connecticut’s Provost Pioneer Award for Diversity and in 2008, he was honored for his lifetime of service to the field of education by the NEAG School of Education.
Learn more about Dr. Simons here
AACC Annual Kwanzaa Celebration Dinner
Come join the AACC as we wrap up the fall semester and celebrate family, community, and culture. Learn about the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and it's rich history and rituals. Enjoy a traditional feast and let’s be in community with one another. This event will take place in the UConn Student Union Ballroom (Room 330/331) on Friday, December 8th, at 6:00 PM. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you all there!