Community Engagement & Leadership

Contact Us

The Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) Center is located in Suite 200 on the main floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Physical Address:
Hughes-Trigg Student Center
3140 Dyer Street, Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 750256
Dallas, TX 75275

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Meet the CEL Staff

Stephanie HowethStephanie Howeth
Director of Community Engagement & Leadership
Ph: 214.768.4402

Stephanie assumed the role of Director of the Community Engagement & Leadership Center in May 2013 after previously serving in the role of Interim Director/Assistant Director in the office.  She first joined SMU in July 2010 as the Coordinator of Community Engagement and the Service House Residential Community Director. Prior to coming to SMU, Stephanie was the Student Activities Coordinator at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) from 2008-2010 in a true generalist position with primary responsiblity in the areas of Student Organizations and Activities, New Student Orientation, and Greek Life. She earned her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia in 2008 where she worked in the Department of University Housing and the Center for Leadership and Service. She earned her B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations at SOSU in 2005. A native of Sherman, Texas, Stephanie is an avid reader and coffee drinker, loves traveling and photography, and good Mexican food.

Program Areas: James E. Caswell Leadership Program, Lonestar Institute, Mustang Intersections


rashadheadshotRashad L. Givhan
Assistant Director of Community Engagement & Leadership
Ph: 214.768.4406

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Rashad L. Givhan joined the CEL team in November 2013. In his role as Assistant Director, he will serve as the primary advisor for Emerging Leaders, the Crain All-University Leadership Conference, and Stampede of Service. A graduate of Missouri Western State University (B.A.) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (M.A.), Rashad began his career in student affairs in 2008, having served as a Housing Director at Loyola University New Orleans and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2011, a position as Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington brought him to the DFW area, which he now calls home. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement at UNT Dallas, where he oversaw multicultural programming, campus activities, student organizations, and advised UNTD's Student Government Association. Through his work as a student affairs practitioner, he encourages students to be unafraid to look within, to embrace their own truths, and engage in social justice education. In addition to his work in the field, he has an affinity for literature and the arts and hopes to someday become a professor.

Program Areas: Emerging Leaders, Crain Leadership Summit, Stampede of Service


Coordinator of Community Engagement & Leadership



Micah JohnsonMicah Johnson
Coordinator of Community Engagement & Leadership
Ph: 214.768.6498

Micah joined the CEL team in October 2016 after completing his Master of Arts in Higher Education at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Although Micah graduated from high school in Mesquite, Texas, he was born in Arizona and spent many years in Michigan. In 2013, Micah earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Huston-Tillotson University, a small, private Liberal Arts HBCU in the heart of Austin, Texas. A proud member of the NPHC organization Kappa Alpha Psi, he prides himself of service in the public's interest and a passion for mentoring young men and women of color. Micah is a huge sports fan, with favorite teams being Arizona Wildcats (college basketball), Indiana Pacers and Tampa Bay Bucaneers. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves traveling and trying new restaurants, and most importantly, meeting new people.

Program Areas: Mustang Heroes, SMU Service House (SMUSH)


Brittany BarkerBrittany Barker

Graduate Assistant
Ph: 214.768.4408


A native of McKinney, Texas, Brittany joined the CEL team in August 2015 as our Graduate Assistant. In her role, she serves as a liaison between SMU students and volunteer opportunities throughout the greater DFW area. Brittany also works with the CEL team on Stampede of Service and MLK Day of Service, as well as other service learning programming within the office. Brittany earned a B.A. in Human Relations from The University of Oklahoma and is currently working on her M.A. in Education, Policy, and Leadership at Southern Methodist University. Brittany loves traveling, watching Sooner football, playing tennis, scrapbooking and spending sweet, quality time with her husband, family, and friends!

Program Areas: Days of Service, Alternative Breaks, Volunteer ListSERV(E), and Service Consultations


Casey AfricanoCasey Africano

Graduate Assistant
Ph: 214.768.4408

Casey joined the CEL team in August 2016 upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Theology with a minor in Africana Studies. She played softball throughout her four undergraduate years in the positions of catcher and outfielder. Casey served as the Community Service Coordinator for the softball team, as well as the Community Service Chair for the student athlete government, which she loved. Serving the community is a passion for Casey, along with sushi and crafting. She is originally from Huntington Beach, California, and her first love was the ocean. Casey's favorite quote can be found in Jeremiah 29:11 - "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope, and a future.'" Casey is currently working on her M.A. in Education, Policy, and Leadership at Southern Methodist University.

Program Areas: Caswell Leadership Program, Leadership Programs


Darci Lambeth

Graduate Assistant
Ph: 214.768.4408

A native of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Darci will join the CEL team as a Graduate Assistant in Fall 2017. Darci earned her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, where she developed a passion for people and community organizing. She loves traveling, visiting Normal for Sooner football, spending time with friends, and visiting family in Oklahoma. Darci will be pursuing her M.A. in Education, Policy, and Leadership while at SMU.

Program Areas: Days of Service, Alternative Breaks Site Leader Development