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Chelsea Simmons Named I CARE Coordinator for USD

Chelsea Simmons, ICARE coordinator. USD named Chelsea Simmons as its new I CARE Coordinator.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota has named Chelsea Simmons its new I CARE coordinator.

As I CARE coordinator, Simmons will collaborate with the Coordinated Community Response Team, made up of USD faculty and staff, and Vermillion community members to create and implement programming and sexual assault prevention education opportunities to students, provide advocacy for victims of sexual assault and assess areas of need in the community, programs and in USD policy.

Simmons previously worked in Sioux City as a mental health therapist. She received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa, and completed her advanced practicum Master’s placement at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City. There, Simmons worked for sexual violence advocacy and prevention education in the community and at the university. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Spanish at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

“Our commitment is to prevent and respond to sexual assault at USD through programming and advocacy,” Simmons said. “I’m excited about I CARE’s work from the firm foundations that others have built so far.”

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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