The Affiliate Program at SMU is an integral part of the Residential Commons, where faculty and staff commit to supporting the intellectual, cultural, and social life of the 11 communities by engaging residents and providing mentorship, guidance, and support to students.

Affiliates get involved in the Residential Commons in a wide variety of ways, ranging from casual meals, sporting events, and social gatherings to lectures, career panels, and theatrical performances—to name a few. Regardless of their level of engagement, each of the faculty and staff listed here have indicated a willingness and enthusiasm to support students.

Interested staff are encouraged to email the director of academic initiatives to join the program. Faculty- and staff-affiliate contact information is available via the SMU People Directory.  

RLSH empowers and charges a number of committees, task forces, and working groups to advance our mission.

Interested staff are encouraged to email the director of academic initiatives to join a committee, task force, or working group.

Engage Dallas is a place-based community engagement initiative via SMU’s Residential Commons to address community needs focusing on south and west Dallas. The initiative is a long-term, university-wide commitment led by students to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to positively impact the community. There is equal emphasis on campus and community impact stemming from the initiative. Think big and do good today.

The Research Team works to discover insights that improve the residential experience and aid overall student success at SMU.

The Research Team comprises undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and/or faculty who work on a number of groundbreaking research projects. Learn more about our research projects, current members, and valuable insights we’ve utilized to improve our work.

Interested staff are encouraged to email the director of academic initiatives to join the Research Team.