The mission of the Embrey Human Rights Program’s Student Leadership Initiative (SLI) is to give exceptionally-motivated students the opportunity to address human rights abuses by managing long-term service learning projects through academic study and activism.
The Student Leadership Initiative (SLI) was created in the summer of 2010 as a way for students in the Embrey Human Rights Program and other socially-conscious SMU student leaders to be involved in human rights research and service-learning projects in regions of global interest. As a student-led initiative, SLI is focused on providing interesting and engaging opportunities to the SMU student body while perpetuating universal human rights and enriching the educational quality of SMU. Through participation in SLI, we hope to equip future leaders with the skills to understand global and local human rights violations and to empower these students to inspire and affect sustainable global change through human rights service.
SLI will be traveling to El Salvador in January 2014 to investigate specific human rights issues. Eight students will be sent to provide real change through service and research in El Salvador. There will be four three-hour lectures during the Fall 2013 semester in preparation for the trip. Course credit will be received in the Spring 2014 semester (HIST 4399 – Independent Study), upon completion of an independent research project and presentation.
Currently, SLI is looking for student leaders who are passionate about human rights service and are motivated to affect real change in the SMU and global community.
If you are interested in attending the Student Leadership Initiative to El Salvador, please fill out the following application and return it no later than September 13th at 5:00 p.m. in the Embrey Human Rights Office (109 Clements Hall). All applicants will be required to sign up for an interview session upon submission of his or her application.
Spring 2014 Student Leadership Initiative application
For further information about SLI , please contact Sherry Aikman at email@example.com or (214) 768-8347.