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BOLD IDEAS FOR A BETTER WORLD

Students in LibraryEmpathy and self-confidence. That combination is not rare at SMU, where our students boldly step out with a passion for public service and touch innumerable lives.

Develop your leadership skills through community service and engagement. Harness your passion to serve through academic courses with a service-learning component, student volunteer projects and internships. Be part of a community of like-minded students who want to make a difference. Take bold steps for a better tomorrow. Be a change agent and make the world a better place.

PUBLIC SERVICE

WaterSMU undergraduate students work locally and across continents and countries in diverse public service internship placements. Recently their efforts, through the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, have run the gamut of establishing a self-sustaining summer music enrichment program in a disadvantaged West Dallas community to designing a waste-water treatment system for an orphanage in Luanda, Angola. smu.edu/ethics

BIG iDEAS

Have a great idea for a big solution that will improve the quality of life in Dallas? Check out SMU’s new Big iDeas Program, which awards grants to interdisciplinary teams of students to research and address real-world problems in the Dallas area. smu.edu/bigideas

MEANINGFUL BREAKS

JawboneSMU students volunteer in a wide range of community service programs, including Alternative Break, the second-oldest program of its kind in the U.S. During academic breaks, groups of students, student leaders and faculty and staff travel to communities in need across the country to provide vital service. smu.edu/ab.

ENGAGED LEARNING

Students participating in SMU’s Engaged Learning initiative are changing Dallas and the world through 70 undergraduate research and service projects in 20 countries. They identify challenges in communities and come up with solutions. SMU students take on special projects in research, civic engagement, creative work and internships. smu.edu/engagedlearning

Consider recent projects awarded grants and their impact

  • Mariam Alaka '14 worked at an orphanage in Nigeria that serves children whose parents have succumbed to AIDS. While there, she will assess the children’s knowledge and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
  • Raha Assadi '14 is studying the effectiveness of a dropout-prevention program in Texas' Plano Independent School District.
  • Julianna Bond '16 is developing a model of sustainable micro-farming techniques at the SMU Community Garden, and Derek Phanekham '16 will make the site an interdisciplinary learning model for urban neighborhoods.

DALLAS PARTNERS

Student and TeacherSMU community service ranges from student volunteerism and programs advancing K-12 education to pro bono legal services and partnerships with area churches and arts organizations. Each year, more than 2,500 students contribute 200,000-plus hours of community service.

FIVE WAYS TO SERVE IN DALLAS


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FIVE WAYS TO SERVE IN DALLAS

TALKING TRASH

Help keep the shoreline of Dallas' iconic White Rock Lake clean. Join the cleanup effort for a couple of hours in the morning on the second Saturday of each month at White Rock Lake Park. You’ll get a workout and make new friends. Supplies will be provided. Paddle out if you have a kayak or a canoe to remove things that don’t belong in the water. 214-660-1100 or info@whiterocklake.org

SAY NO TO HUNGER

Help sort and pack food for the thousands of North Texans the North Texas Food Bank serves. You also can support the food bank by attending events that benefit it, including the Empty Bowls luncheon (for soup, bread, dessert and a take-home handcrafted bowl) and Taste of the NFL (featuring food from Dallas’ top chefs, live music and former and current Dallas Cowboys). ntfb.org

HELP ANIMALS IN NEED

Reach out to animal shelters, such as the no-kill Paws in the City. Consider volunteering at adoption events and helping with fundraising and transportation. pawsinthecity.org

SUIT UP

Donate professional attire and accessories to Dress for Success Dallas, which helps disadvantaged women. Give of your time by volunteering to fill the organization's many needs. dressforsuccess.org

HELP A CHILD THINK BIG

Volunteer at Big Thought, which provides creative learning programs that help kids excel academically and put them on the road to becoming imaginative, productive adults. Consider helping in the community and at events. bigthought.org