I want to personally welcome you and thank you for visiting
Sojourner-Douglass College's website. As president of Sojourner-Douglass College, a
community-controlled institution of higher education, proudly established by community
residents to empower community residents to assume leadership in community institutional
and economic development, I extend greetings from the entire Sojourner-Douglass College family.
Each of us walks through life and confronts obstacles and frustrations
and brick walls that seem insurmountable; each of us knows the loneliness of trying to solve life's
problems single-handedly. When challenged by such difficulties as those we face today, those that
threaten not only our peace and tranquility but sometimes our very existence, each of us then
understands the pain of isolation and the incredible burden of leadership and responsibility.
You now have an institution to which you can turn. The purpose of
Sojourner-Douglass College is to provide a learning model that will aid students in increasing
their capacity for self-development and self-expression, and will facilitate their engagement in
effective social action as members of the world community. We engage in transformational education
that resurrects the student and the community, restoring both and instilling the tools to generate
The focus of our educational philosophy is on how we learn to negotiate
and act on our own purposes, values, feelings, and meanings rather than those we have uncritically
assimilated from others to gain greater control over our lives, and our communities as socially
responsible, critical thinking decision makers.
Student's learning methods engage the community where learning can be
reconciled with action and study, a concept that reflects student growth through social
and academic utility. Rather than viewing education as an end, we view it as a means by which
the community enhances its social, economic, and cultural development.
I hope you share our vision. It is only a matter of time, I feel, before
the entire community will recognize what we have come to know, and replicate the work we are doing. That
you have visited our website means you have already taken the first step towards the future you deserve.
This is your institution. We invite you to inquire about our academic and/or
our professional development programs or to volunteer at the College. There are many important tasks
that volunteers can perform. If you are interested in helping out, please call (410) 276-1844 ext.
341, to speak to Ms. Jumoke Boston, who is our Volunteer Coordinator this year.
Charles W. Simmons, Ph.D.
Dr. Charles W. Simmons is President and founder of Sojourner-Douglass College,
Baltimore, Maryland (formerly the Homestead-Montebello Center of Antioch
University). A native of Baltimore, he is a graduate of the Union Graduate
School where he earned his Ph.D. in Administration of Higher Education in 1978.
Post Doctoral Studies include Educational Management at Harvard University
Graduate School of Education, Institute for Educational Management. Full Bio