Faculty and students from the SMU Department of Anthropology are active in service and research sites around the Dallas metroplex, conducting educational workshops, volunteering in community projects, and contributing to local programs and projects. Recent examples include:
- Conducting archaeology fairs and hands-on educational demonstrations at Dallas area schools and community events.
- Serving as advisors to, and on the boards of, a variety of non-profit organizations in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Taos, NM.
- Volunteer service in Dallas/Fort Worth agencies defending and promoting rights (in association with the course 3348: Health as a Human Right).
- Various faculty research programs in the area including immigrant health and rights (Professors Smith-Morris, Parson and Brettell).
- Volunteer service in the annual enjarre (mudding) of Saint Francis de Asisi Church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.