Women's Center

Women & LGBT Center Programs


Allies are a group of SMU faculty and staff who act as advocates and activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students. The Allies placard displays their visible support for LGBT students at SMU. Each Ally attends an initial training session and is invited to monthly continuing education programs. To join Allies contact Karen Click at 214-768-4796 or or visit the Allies web page.

Food Chain

Calling all SMU women of color! This discussion group provides support, education, and mentoring opportunities for women of color faculty, staff, and students. These women build deeper connections with one another as they share food. This program is a collaboration between the Women & LGBT Center and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Contact Val Erwin at for more information.

LGBT Dialogues

A discussion and support group for people of the LGBT community and those who are questioning. It is a great place for people just coming out to themselves or for people who have been out and proud for many years . In the past we have talked about religion, parents, marriage, and intersectionality. Come share your story and ideas and listen to others share theirs. For more information contact Val Erwin at

LGBT Equality Forum

The LGBT Equality Forum is an annual conference around the experience, leadership, skills and performance of the LGBT community. For more information about this conference contact Val Erwin at  

LGBT Panel 

Is a program that trains students, staff, and faculty to talk about their experiences about being a part of the LGBT community or as an ally. The panel goes into classes, organizations, and staffs to talk about the experiences of the LGBT community. The students who are trained can get a UC proficiency for oral communication and human diversity. For more information contact Val Erwin at 214-768-4412 or or visit the LGBT Panel website

Violence Prevention Program

At the start of school each year the Women & LGBT Center unites with other community and campus partners to bring creative programming on the topics of relationships, violence and sexual assault prevention.

WISE Mentoring Program

The Women In Science and Engineering Mentoring program is a UC proficiency for SMU students to mentor 4th and 5th grade girls in the science on a monthly basis. For more information about the program or the proficiency email Val Erwin.

Women's Symposium

A Tradition of Excellence Since 1966! This forum brings together a multicultural audience to examine topics of national interest. The program features nationally recognized speakers as well as topical seminars and workshops conducted by students, community leaders, and SMU faculty and staff. Visit the Women's Symposium website for upcoming dates and further information at