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Sparking ideas. Igniting change.

Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Initiating real change

Through bold research, innovative teaching and empowered community outreach, the nationally ranked Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development is a catalyst for discovery and innovation that transforms social conditions and advances human potential. With academic departments including Teaching and Learning; Dispute Resolution and Counseling; Education Policy and Leadership; Graduate Liberal Studies; and Applied Physiology and Wellness, the Simmons School sparks new perspectives, processes, outcomes and opportunities that produce global impact

SMU Fund for Simmons

Your gift to the SMU Fund for Simmons fuels our most urgent priorities and empowers our highest-impact initiatives. Contributing to the fund is an investment in education, allowing such initiatives as enhanced program and student opportunities, research and faculty grants, technology upgrades, leadership development and community outreach projects.

Fuel the future

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The Dr. Elba and Domingo Garcia West Dallas STEM School

The Dr. Elba and Domingo Garcia West Dallas STEM School, made possible by the Simmons School’s partnership with Toyota USA Foundation and Dallas ISD, opened in August 2021, energizing education and preparing students for bright futures.

Forge a legacy

As your current gifts support today’s greatest needs, your endowment or estate commitments energize the future of the Simmons School for generations to come. As an alum, parent or friend of the school, your legacy gifts provide lasting impact in your chosen program and research areas. Create a named, endowed fund in memory or honor of a person or organization with a gift of $100,000 or more. Empower faculty positions, scholarships, fellowships and excellence funds. Together we can align your passions with the Simmons School’s most pressing needs to do the most good.
School building

As the premier private university in North Texas, SMU exists to shape future leaders who transform communities and organizations through ingenuity and thoughtful problem-solving. Building on our history of excellence, we have launched SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow – our multiyear, $1.5 billion campaign to attract and support outstanding students and faculty, to explore new fields and cutting-edge technologies, and to positively impact Dallas and the world beyond. We invite you to join us and empower the bold, the curious and the creative to better their professions and their communities.

Help us build a brighter future
Jeff King
Director of Development
Simmons School of Education and Human Development or 214-768-4844