Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars
Tyne Dickson is from Houston, Texas and is double majoring in Theatre and Public Policy with minors in PPIA and Journalism. Along with being a Tower Scholar, Tyne is on the executive board for Natural Hair Network, a Second Century Scholar, and is in the National Thespian Society for theatre service. She is a photographer, singer, and foodie in her free time. After graduating SMU, Tyne plans to continue her professional career in acting for film and stage, while focusing on a career in journalism and political work. Tyne’s dream is to one day run for office locally or nationally. She is particularly interested in policy affecting the incarceration system, equal education, and government budgets.
Taylor is from Garland, Texas and is majoring in Political Science and Public Policy with minors in History, Law and Legal Reasoning, and Public Policy and International Affairs. Taylor is also a Pre-Law Scholar, a Rotunda Academic Scholar, a Hilltop Scholar, and a member of the University Honors Program. Taylor has immersed herself in the SMU community, serving as a First Year Senator in Student Senate, works with the Student Senate Organizations Committee, is an attorney on the Mock Trial team, and a member of Gamma Phi Beta. Taylor has been inspired to pursue a career in public service and public policy since she joined Youth and Government in 8th grade and began writing legislation. After graduating, Taylor hopes to attend law school and pursue her ultimate professional goal: advancing socially responsible programming through legislative actions.
Colton (Cole) is from Franklin, Tennessee and is majoring in Philosophy, History, and Economics with a minor in Public Policy and International Affairs. Cole is also a Dedman College Scholar and part of the University Honors Program. On campus he is a board member for Reimagining Mental Illness, a mental health advocacy organization that seeks to help provide a space for students to share their experiences with mental health and contribute to the overall destigmatization of mental illness. Next year Cole will be serving as the Housing Unification Board's RA Liaison in addition to being a Residential Assistant in Morrison-McGinnis Commons. Through the Tower Scholars Program Cole hopes to gain a deeper understanding of how public policy can help solve and combat problems plaguing certain communities. He is most interested in income inequality, education reform, and food security. After he graduates from SMU he hopes to go on to law school and potentially start his own non-profit.
Isabelle is a pre-med student from Austin, Texas and plans to major in Anthropology with minors in Human Rights and International Affairs and Public Policy. She is a President’s Scholar, a member of the University Honors Program, a Hegi Career Leader, and on the SMU women’s rowing team. Her interests in policy include environmental and climate change policy, human rights legislation (especially women’s empowerment and reproductive rights), and health care. She hopes to explore these issues at the local, national, and international levels, while gaining a deeper understanding of policy making. Upon graduation, Isabelle plans to serve in the Peace Corps for two years before attending medical school.
Austin is from Lubbock, Texas and is double majoring in Finance and Political Science with a minoring Public Policy and International Affairs through the Tower Scholars Program. At SMU, Austin is a Hunt Leadership Scholar, Hilltop Scholar, and a Pre-Law Scholar. In addition, he is a member of the Philosophy club and volunteers as a tutor in the After-School Program in the Dallas community. Outside of SMU, Austin has interned for the US Department of Energy’s intergovernmental and congressional affairs office and was an intern in the for US Congressman Jodey Arrington. He plans to graduate from SMU and attend Law school. He has worked extensively in India and is particularly interested in the intersection of youth education and public policy. .
Nia is from Little Elm, Texas, and is double majoring in Human Rights and International Studies with minors in Economics, Arabic, Anthropology and PPIA through the Tower Scholars Program. At SMU, Nia is a Hilltop Scholar and an executive team member of SMU’s Student Alliance Against Human Trafficking. She is a Student Worker for the Embrey Human Rights Program and an Undergraduate Research Assistant with the Voices of SMU Oral History Project, where she interviews SMU minority alumnae for the university archives to promoting diversity and inclusivity on campus. She is also a part of the Boaz Common’s Council Compassion Committee and Student Senate Student Concerns Committee. After graduating from SMU, Nia plans to attend law school. Her interests in policy and social change range from human trafficking, racial reconciliation, and mass incarceration. She specifically hopes to continue her research on employing girls’ education as a preventative strategy for human trafficking in developing countries.
Humon is from Plano, Texas, and is triple majoring in Economics, Political Science, and Public Policy with minors in Law and Legal Reasoning and Public Policy and International Affairs through the Tower Scholars Program. Humon is a Pre-Law Scholar, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and an Honor Roll with Distinction recipient. He is also an Emerging Leader and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity Society of Scholars. In high school, Humon was the Senior Class Representative of his school’s Student Council. Humon’s research focuses on a range of topics including the drawbacks of our criminal justice system with respect to aspects such as discrimination and the trial penalty, and the benefits of trade liberalization. Humon plans to attend law school after graduating and work towards criminal justice reform.
Isabelle, from Richmond, Virginia, plans to major in English and Political Science as a Pre-Law Scholar. In addition, having studied Mandarin and Chinese culture for six years, Isabelle is working towards fluency in Chinese and pursuing a Chinese minor along with a minor in public policy and international affairs through the Tower Scholars Program. Isabelle’s study of Chinese language and culture has led her to develop a fascination with U.S./China relations and the United States’ trade policies and other policies regarding China. She developed a keen interest in political debate by serving as elected President and Debate Moderator of Political Awareness Club and founding a debate team at her high school, providing another outlet for students to freely discuss relevant and sometimes sensitive political and social issues. At SMU, she enjoys serving as a Board Member on Academic Honor Council and was selected for President’s committee for the 2019-2020 year. Isabelle also currently works as a Peruna Handler, serves as Social Media Director of College Republicans and is a member of SMU’s chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She previously gained valuable experience interning at Indivior, an international pharmaceuticals company that manufactures opioid addiction medication, and has worked as a goat casaro on a sustainable goat farm. Finally, she is looking forward to exploring the intersection between ethics and politics by working as an intern on Capitol Hill with Senator Ben Sasse during the summer of 2019.
Steven comes from Austin, Texas, and is majoring in Finance and Mathematics with a minor in Public Policy and International Affairs through the Tower Scholars Program. He also has the privilege of being a BBA Scholar in the Cox School of Business, member of the University Honors Program, and Resident Advisor in Loyd Commons. Steven’s involvement on campus includes the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, Real Estate Club, Student Senate and being an analyst at the Boulevard Investment Group. His academic interests include fiscal policy, the US Military, real estate, and foreign relations. In his free time, Steven enjoys visiting his ranch, going camping, and traversing I-35 between Dallas and Austin. Upon graduation Steven intends to pursue a career in Investment Banking or Real Estate.
Izzah is from Frisco, Texas and is majoring in political science and finance with a minor in public policy & international affairs and law & legal reasoning. She is on the SMU Mock Trial Team and an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity on campus. Izzah is also a Hilltop Scholar, Pre-Law Scholar, and a member of the University Honors Program. Additionally, she is a part of Malikah, a national organization that helps empower women through self-defense, and hopes to bring it to SMU. Izzah is interested in policy specifically in the area of the environment and social justice as she believes improving both these areas will contribute to a more prosperous future. Furthermore, she hopes to attend law school and potentially work at a policy institute where she can apply the skills she gains from the Towers Scholars Program.