BOLD IDEAS FOR A BETTER WORLD
Empathy 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.
SMU 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
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
SMU 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.
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.
SMU 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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