James E. Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program

Program Information

About the Caswell Leadership Fellows Program

The Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program aims to provide the students with a unique and well-rounded opportunity to develop individual leadership competencies. Students selected for the Caswell Leadership Fellows Program will receive the following resources to support their project goals and personal leadership goals:

Project Funding: Recipients will receive up to $2,500 each to develop an impactful leadership project.

Project Support: Fellows will receive support to complete their project through established program meetings with the Caswell Steering Committee, SMU Staff, and other Fellows.

Mentorship: Fellows will work with a project mentor who can provide support for the Fellow’s project development and personal leadership development.

Personal Leadership Development: The Community Engagement & Leadership Center will provide support for the Fellows’ personal leadership development through individualized meetings with staff and support for project completion. Students will receive a copy of the Student Leadership Challenge to learn about The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

Leadership Assessment Tools: Fellows will participate in the Student Leadership Practices Inventory, a 360° leadership assessment tool designed specifically for students to measure their leadership competencies. This will form the basis for a personalized leadership development profile. Additional assessments are also available through the Community Engagement & Leadership Center.

LeaderShape Institute: The Caswell Fellowship will provide support for Fellows to participate in The National LeaderShape Institute the summer after selection for the Fellowship program. Participation in the LeaderShape Institute is intended to kick-start the project and leadership development action plan to support the assessment and the project.

Leadership Networking & Shadowing: Students will have the opportunity to shadow a leader in Dallas through a one-day externship related to the project.

Recognition for Accomplishments: Fellows will be recognized for the project selection and accomplishments during the Annual Awards Extravaganza.

Fellows Expectations

Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows are expected to:
  • Be an undergraduate student at SMU throughout the duration of the project
  • Complete the proposed project between time of selection and April of the following year (approximately a one year time frame)
  • Participate in program orientation to be scheduled during the spring semester after selection
  • Integrate self-knowledge from provided leadership assessments and LeaderShape experience to create a personal leadership development profile
  • Attend and present at two Caswell Committee Meetings (one each at Advisory and Steering Committee)
  • Attend the National LeaderShape Institute during the summer after selection
  • Attend any applicable fundraising related activities for the Caswell Endowment
  • Participate in the Crain All-University Leadership Conference during the spring semester
  • Remain within the approved project budget and follow provided budget guidelines
  • Meet with Community Engagement & Leadership Center staff monthly to report on the progress of the Caswell project
  • Participate in the interview process for future Caswell Leadership Fellows 

For questions regarding the Caswell Fellows Program, please contact Stephanie Howeth in the Community Engagement & Leadership Center at showeth@smu.edu or 214-768-4402.