Dena’s TED talk, How students of color confront impostor syndrome, is profiled on Blavity as one of 8 videos that will motivate you to accomplish anything. Her talk in highlighted alongside the farewell speeches of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Dena is quoted in an article on why students do not take social and emotional learning home. Simmons cautioned educators of the mismatch between the social-emotional skills (and their underlying values) being taught in school and those at home as a way to prevent self-hatred among students.
Dena is quoted for arguing about the need to address and manage our emotions effectively in this current political climate. Her article for Teaching Tolerance is linked, where she urges for educators not to neglect their emotions after the 2016 elections.