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Student Leadership

Overview of Residential Commons

The Residential Commons (RC) will transform student housing campus-wide with an integrated academic and residential experience. The Commons will bring live-in faculty and staff members, resident assistants and other student leaders together to create communities of support. Faculty members associated with each commons will have the opportunity to interact informally and mentor students.
Each commons will develop unique traditions, gatherings and meaningful activities that build community and long-term bonds among residents. Students will have a close-knit, living and learning environment where a rich intellectual, social, and community life can flourish. 

Residential Commons Leadership Corps

Overview of “The Leadership Corps.”

“Create Community through a Common Experience and Identity” is one of the guiding principles for the Residential Commons. The Residential Commons Leadership Corps (The Corps.) will be the primary student voice in creating the future Residential Commons program. Up to 33 corps members (16 first year students) will work through the first year (2014-2015) of the Residential Commons implementation to build and promote the program to the SMU community.

First year students will be selected by October 4th to begin working on creating specific programming aspects of the Residential Commons (utilization of classroom space, leadership roles, etc.). During this academic year (2013 – 2014) students will work with faculty, staff, and fellow students to create traditions and identity for a specific RC. The same small group of faculty, staff, and Corps members will then reside and work in their specific RC for the 2014-2015 academic year.


  • Be a first year student in the fall of 2013
  • Currently live on campus (residence life or fraternity/sorority house)
  • Willing to live in on campus housing through the spring of 2015 (there will not be housing remuneration)
  • Passionately interested in shaping the Residential Commons at SMU
  • Commit to working on RC projects at least 2-3 hours/week
  • Role model being a positive community member

Selection Timeline

Applications Available:  Now
Applications Due: September 30th by 12pm
Interviews: October 2nd 5-9pm 2013
Selection notified: October 3rd, 2013


For more information please contact Krystal K. Jones at or (214) 768-5005.