Community Engagement & Leadership

University Curriculum (UC) Credit

The following CEL programs and activities support the Community Engagement Proficiency (CE) or Human Diversity Proficiency (HD) within the University Curriculum:

Alternative Breaks (CE)

Alternative Breaks (AB) is a student organization offering direct community service opportunities during every academic break, including Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. The AB program takes groups of students, student leaders, and faculty/staff to communities across the country and the world to perform vital service alongside reputable non-profit organizations. Participants have the opportunity to engage in quality service, gain education about important social issues, and reflect on how we can create positive social change.

Community Partners (CE)

The Community Engagement and Leadership Center (CEL) at SMU serves as a bridge between the University and the Dallas community, to mobilize students to address community-identified needs through community partnerships centered on respect, student-learning, and reciprocity.  CEL engages Dallas non-profit organizations in co-educational partnerships in order to understand community service needs and connects students to meaningful volunteer opportunities. SMU students participate in community service as an individual, a student organization, through an academic course, and more.

Emerging Leaders (CE)

Emerging Leaders is an experiential leadership development program for first-year students. Through meetings, special lectures, direct service opportunities, and meaningful interaction with peers within the SMU network, participants will have a clearer understanding of leadership for positive social change.

Mustang InterSECTIONS (HD)

Join other students and staff in exploring the intersections of diversity and leading for change while having the time of your life in a new SMU retreat experience! Mustang Intersections is a joint effort of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Community Engagement & Leadership Center.

SMU Service House (SMUSH) (CE)

The Service House at SMU is a residential community built to help others in and around SMU. The residents of the Service House, fondly known as "SMUSHies," participate in a variety of service projects. The purpose of the SMU Service House is to develop and nurture a community focused on cooperative responsibility, experiential education, and social action in order to promote self-awareness and community understanding. The Office of Residence Life & Student Housing and the Community Engagement and Leadership Center jointly sponsor the Service House and its programs.

Wellness  2170 - Choices II: Volunteer Activity (CE)

In this class students will explore the well-being that comes from serving in the community and develop skills and knowledge to increase individual effectiveness as a volunteer. Students will have the opportunity to analytically and practically explore needs in the community, such as poverty, education, public health, and more as well as participate in experience-based learning activities in the community.


For more information on the University Curriculum, please visit the University Curriculum website. 

FAQs Pertaining to Activity Proposals:

Q: I was involved in one of the activities listed as “approved” on the Activity Approval Page, why doesn’t my DPR show that I have completed the UC component associated with that activity?

A: Completing the activity makes you eligible for the UC component(s).  If you have participated in one of these approved activities and you want to use it to satisfy one or more UC proficiencies, you must first consult with the office or department sponsoring the activity and get from them both the cover sheet that should accompany your request and any supporting documentation. Please bring this documentation to the UC Office (G02 Clements) so that we can update your DPR to show that you have satisfied the UC requirement.