The Dignity Endowment Campaign

The SMU Human Rights Program has launched The Dignity Endowment Campaign to become the first endowed undergraduate degree-granting human rights institution in the United States.


Since 2006, the majority of the Human Rights Program's operational budget has been provided by annual grants from the Embrey Family Foundation and other community funders. Now, the time has come to guarantee that the full experience of SMU human rights education will be available far into the future.

A commitment to create a partial program endowment has already been received. Opportunities exist for donors to contribute to this pooled endowment. Endowed gifts may be pledged over several years and may be named starting at the $100,000 level. Donors may also provide operational funds; for example, a $3 million operational gift would sustain program activity for six years. Operational funding can be directed toward specific initiatives such as staff salaries, student fellowships, lecture fees, conference expenses, or trip scholarships.

                The Dignity Endowment Campaign: Defend. Demand. Donate!     

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SMU Human Rights educates people on how to implement practical, creative, and inclusive solutions to critical problems.

Since 2006, hundreds of human rights alumni have found success along many career paths - as doctors, lawyers, artists, nonprofit leaders, government officials, scientists, engineers, counselors, ministers, researchers, and more. However, these individuals first gained real-world changemaking experience as students in our cutting-edge leadership training and community innovation initiatives.


Click on the map markers to learn how our faculty and students are building positive change in Dallas and far beyond. 

Dominique Earland ‘17: Working with Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Dominique created “Your Right to Health: A Maternal Child Health Toolkit,” a publication that was distributed to hundreds of at-risk mothers throughout Texas in an effort to lower the state’s maternal mortality rate. Currently a STAR-PREP Research Fellow at the University of Maryland who will enter medical school in the fall of 2019, Dominique led a team that was awarded the grand prize at the 2018 DC Public Health Case Challenge.

Greg Guggenmos ‘18: Greg founded the Community Bail Fund of North Texas, which is now the fifth largest criminal bail fund in the United States and facilitated the nation's largest single-day bailout in August 2018. Greg will complete a master's degree in applied statistics and data analytics in May 2019 and is expanding the Bail Fund's work to include applied research strategies for abolishing the money bail system with financial support from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and other organizations.

Neha Husein ‘19: Neha designed and built an incentive-based mobile app called “Just Drive” which rewards people for undistracted driving and was selected as a winner of the 2018 Red Bull Launch Institute Competition. Graduating in May 2019 with degrees in human rights and marketing, Neha won the 2018 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition in Dallas and was a panelist at the 2018 Texas Department of Transportation Distracted Driving Summit.

Karly Zrake ‘18: A two-year administrative director for the SMU Human Rights Council, Karly was the first recipient of the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Endowed Scholarship and was selected as SMU's 2017 Homecoming Queen and an "M" Award winner. Currently serving as a chapter consultant for Alpha Chi Omega, Karly plans to continue working in higher education to research and promote issues of women's empowerment, leadership development, and racial justice.