Louisville’s downtown colleges team up in fight for educational equity

Simmons College and Spalding University inked the agreement that promises to help one another moving forward.
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 3:07 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A monumental agreement between two of Louisville’s downtown colleges could change the landscape of higher education in the city.

It’s been a long time coming, but it finally became official on Thursday. Simmons College and Spalding University inked the agreement that promises to help one another moving forward.

“We’ve partnered with Simmons very quietly in the past,” Spalding President Tory Murden McClure said, “but it’s time to come out of the shadows.”

Simmons President Dr. Kevin Cosby stated that Spalding has always supported their mission, but the agreement reached on Thursday is significant.

“Together our two institutions are seeing what’s possible,” Cosby said, “and it’s going to make a great impact in our city, our nation.”

The two colleges are separated by just city block, but at times have been on unequal playing fields. Simmons is a historically Black college, while Spalding was once disallowed by law to admit Black students.

However, times have changed. Both institutions are attempting to provide proper education to anyone who seeks it.

The agreement signed Thursday breaks down into three parts. The first is student life and engagement, for things like housing and student activities. The second is academic programs, which includes a shared library plan and investment in Simmons’ teacher education program. The third part is campus and fiscal affairs, which includes collaboration on things that will benefit both campuses, like safety.

Simmons College Senior Kia Moore is from Louisville. She’s graduating in May and will next head to Spalding for her master’s degree.

Moore said she wants to open a childcare business, which is a career field in which the city lacks qualified workers.

She said the partnership between the two schools will help Louisville.

“It opens up many doors,” said Moore, “because when you work together, great things happen.”

Simmons and Spalding hope to continue to help students from all backgrounds for years to come.

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