Embrey Human Rights Program

Student Leadership Initiative

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.

Current Initiatives

SLI will be traveling to Costa Rica in May 2014 to investigate specific human rights issues. Eighteen students have been selected to participate in the 2014 program. They will attend  four three-hour lectures during the Spring 2014 semester in preparation for the trip. Course credit will be received upon completion of an independent research project and symposium to present their findings.

For information about SLI , please contact Sherry Aikman at saikman@smu.edu or (214) 768-8347.