2009 Archives

SMU uses Spring Break to help humanity, promote understanding

March 6, 2009

Many SMU community members are taking advantage of Spring Break, March 9-13, to focus on service, civil rights, human rights and diversity, including those participating in:

Students Blog About ASB 2009

  • ASB in New York City — working for "God's Love We Deliver," giving food to families affected by HIV/AIDS and other life-altering illnesses.
  • ASB in Tennessee — volunteering in Appalachia with the Once Upon a Time Wilderness Adventures mission.
  • ASB in Taos — working with Taos Habitat for Humanity to build homes.

Alternative Spring Break:

Students, faculty and staff will be building homes, preserving natural resources and delivering meals, while learning about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism and the environment.

Led by the SMU community service organization SPARC (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Citizenship) and Office of Leadership and Community Involvement (LCI), the volunteers will work with agencies including:

Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Students, faculty and staff will take an eight-day bus ride to the South's civil rights landmarks, with stops in Little Rock, Arkansas; Selma, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama; Oxford, Mississippi; and Memphis, Tennessee.

They will be led by Dennis Simon and Matthew Wilson, both associate professors of political science in SMU's Dedman College, along with CRP Trip Coordinator Ray Jordan of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life. Read more.

Human Rights Education Program trip

Students, faculty and staff will visit World War II sites in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, including concentration and prison camps, the Normandy beaches and the Anne Frank House. Rick Halperin, program director and a longtime human rights advocate, will lead the trip.

Sikh Turban Week

The SMU Sikh Student Association will visit Texas Women's University on March 9, University of Texas at Arlington on March 10, University of North Texas on March 11, Texas Christian University on March 10, and University of Texas at Dallas on March 13 to promote its first Sikh Turban Week. The group seeks to promote religious tolerance of Sikhs, who wear turbans as symbols of their religion and their core values of discipline, honesty, integrity, ethics, spirituality and humility. Read more.

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