About the Office of the Dean of Student Life

Program Offices

The following offices and departments are overseen by the Dean of Student Life.

Community Engagement & Leadership

The Community Engagement & Leadership Center (CEL) provides transformative educational experiences that equip SMU students to impact positive social change. We're here to help SMU students explore opportunities to engage in the community. We'll help you search for service opportunities that match your interests, skills, and schedule.


Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

At the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center, SMU students receive comprehensive, quality health care in a state-of-the-art campus facility. Services provided include medical services, counseling services and health education. Health Center staff members provide care with a focus on student wellness and informed lifestyle choices, which are important contributors to academic, professional and personal success. Students in crisis who feel they need immediate help from Counseling Services should visit the Health Center during office hours or call 214-768-2277 to reach a clinician 24/7.


Department of Recreational Sports / Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports

Here at the Department of Recreational Sports, we'll get you going. From team sports to personal fitness to active fun, you'll find it all here. We're located in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The Center offers 170,000 square feet of indoor recreational space plus an outdoor social area that includes The Falls (a zero entry pool with 7-foot waterfalls), two sand volleyball courts, and leisure spaces. Come check us out and find the active way you want to live.


Hughes Trigg Student Center

Hughes-Trigg Student Center, the focal point for student activities at Southern Methodist University, was conceived through a $10 million donation from Charles and Katharine Hughes Trigg. The Triggs met and fell in love more than 65 years ago precisely where the Center stands today. The 112,000 square foot center, which opened in October 1987, features a variety of programs and a range of resources to meet the daily needs of students. 


Multicultural Student Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs works collaboratively with the campus community to provide support for students of color. We focus specifically on holistic development, advocacy and comprehensive student success. The office works to create an environment that fosters inclusivity and a deeper understanding of diversity.


Parent and Family Programs

Parent and family involvement plays a key role in college choice and in the academic success of students during their college years. The Parent and Family Programs Office works with the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs as well as individual parents in creating, maintaining, and promoting parental involvement in appropriate aspects of University life. Through the support of the Parent and Family Programs Office, SMU remains committed to establishing and maintaining a sound relationship with parents and families throughout their student’s time on campus and beyond.


Student Activities

Our mission is to advise and support student organizations and to encourage student development through involvement.


- Greek Life

Greek Life at Southern Methodist University began in 1915 when the first four fraternity chapters were established. Ninety-four years and tens of thousands of members later, the fraternity and sorority community is vibrant and now offers twenty-eight (28) national fraternities and sororities.


Violence Prevention and Support Services

The Office of Violence Prevention and Support Services at SMU is dedicated to preventing and addressing sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus. We believe in fostering a culture that prioritizes consent and respect, and responds to and supports survivors and their allies. As part of these efforts, we are working to engage all members of the university community to create a healthy and inspiring environment where violence in any form is not tolerated.

www.smu.edu/violenceprevention (coming soon)

Women & LGBT Center

The Women & LGBT Center empowers students to increase awareness and understanding of gender equity issues. The center gives voice for women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, with purpose to eliminate barriers, diminish prejudices, and create a supportive climate and space for all.