2015-2016 Caswell Fellows
"College Bound Expansion," Educational Leadership Project
Anna is a senior from Flower Mound, Texas, majoring in Economics and Public Policy. Anna began College Bound in January 2013, a student-run organization that works to increase college access for students attending high-needs schools. It focuses on developing cognitive and qualitative skills through mentorship, parental involvement, coordination with other programs, and college trips. Through her Caswell Fellowship, Anna will expand College Bound by involving more SMU mentors and high school students, and training student leaders at the University of Texas at Dallas to start their own chapter. In addition to her academics, Anna has held leadership roles in Mustang Heroes and Student Senate, and interned with the George W. Bush Institute as a Global Health Intern.
"SMU Goes Green," Sustainability Leadership Project
Hena is a senior from Irving, Texas, majoring in Political Science and Public Relations. During her Caswell Fellowship, Hena will raise awareness about sustainability on campus and give students practical ways that they can be more green with initiatives, such as establishing join trash / recycle bins and filter systems for students in campus living communities. In addition to her academics, Hena is involved with a variety of activities, including volunteering with Resolana as part of her Engaged Learning project, serving as an Alternative Breaks site leader, and holding leadership positions in Nineteen 11, Muslim Students Association, and Student Foundation.
"Fostering Sustainability on the Hilltop," Sustainability Leadership Project
Nikki is a junior from St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in Finance and Environmental Studies. Through her Caswell Fellowship, Nikki will host a series of events that serve to educate students about simple ways they can incorporate sustainability in their personal and professional lives. The project will culminate in creating an undergraduate Net Impact chapter, which will continue to provide sustainable opportunities for students after the project is complete. In addition to her academics, Nikki serves as the campus Sustainability Intern and an SMU Student Ambassador. She has also held leadership roles in organizations, including Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity, Best Buddies, Chi Omega, and the Environmental Society.