Ron Simmons, Ph.D.
Ron Simmons, Ph.D., the owner of Ron Simmons Consulting, LLC (RSC), is an educator, technical and creative writer, program designer and media producer. For 24 years, he was the President/CEO of Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provided HIV prevention and support services for the African-American community in Washington, DC, metropolitan area. For 12 years, he taught television production, photography, interpersonal communications and mass communication theory at the Howard University School of Communications.
In 2016, he retired from UHU and launched RSC. As a writer, Dr. Simmons has secured over $30 million in grants and cooperative agreements from federal and state government agencies, foundations and corporations. As a scriptwriter, he has written radio commercials that aired on WHUR-FM and Radio One stations in the Washington metropolitan area.
As a program designer, Dr. Simmons has developed and launched social marketing campaigns to promote HIV education and prevention in the African-American and LGBT communities. In 2018, he developed Bodemé, sexual health workshop targeted to young Black gay men, ages 16 to 29.
Dr. Simmons has a Master of Science degree in Educational Communications and a Master of Arts degree in African History from the State University of New York at Albany. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Howard University.
His published essays include: “Some Thoughts on the Challenges Facing Black Gay Intellectuals” in Essex Hemphill, ed., Brother To Brother: Collected Writings by Black Gay Men (Washington, DC: RedBone Press, 2007, First Published – Boston: Alyson Publications, 1991); “Joe, Essex, Marlon, and Me” in Steven G. Fullwood and Charles Stephens, eds., Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call (New York: Vintage Entity Press, 2014); “The Voice” in Keith Boykin, ed., For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough (New York: Magnus Books, 2012); “Baraka’s Dilemma: To Be or Not to Be” in Devon Carbado, ed., Black Men On Race, Gender and Sexuality (New York: New York University Press, 1999); and “Sexuality, Television and Death: A Black Gay Dialogue on Malcolm X” with Marlon Riggs in Joe Wood, ed., Malcolm X: In Our Own Image (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992). The “Challenges” essay was also published in Melvin Donaldson, ed., Cornerstones: An Anthology of African American Literature (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996), and in Rhonda Williams, ed., Introductory Reading in Afro-American Studies (Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1995).
Dr. Simmons was a field producer, photographer and cast member of the award-winning documentary film, Tongues Untied. His honors include: The Life Time Achievement Award from the Black Gay Research Group; the Harvey Milk Alumni Award from the State University of New York at Albany; and the Heroes in the Struggle Award from the Black AIDS Institute. He was inducted into the National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities’ Black Gay Men Hall of Fame, and selected by POZ magazine as one of the POZ 100 “most influential AIDS activists in the United States.”