Getting Started

Students lead SMU's partnership within the Engage Dallas initiative. Through their Residential Commons, students partner with various community organizations in South and West Dallas.



Engage Dallas with Us!

A word from SMU Engage Dallas Student Directors

To get started with Engage Dallas, complete the three steps below to join the initiative.

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Login to Canvas

Canvas is SMU’s Learning Management System you use for classes. On your Canvas dashboard, you can get started with the Engage Dallas! As you know by now, Engage Dallas is a way to achieve the required Community Engagement Proficiency & Experience for graduation.

  1. To begin using Canvas, just click the Sign In button on the login page.

  2. Use your SMU ID and password as your login. 

  3. Select the Engage Dallas Canvas Course on your dashboard.

Don't see the course on your dashboard? Request the Engage Dallas Canvas course be added to your account.

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Watch The Basics video

Mustangs that join Engage Dallas must understand the basics of the initiative and how we approach our work together. Complete the online session entitled The Basics within the Engage Dallas Canvas Course.  

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Complete the Groundwork training

The Groundwork training, offered in the Engage Dallas Canvas Course, is what leaders of the Engage Dallas initiative want you to know so all Mustangs are helpful and not harmful in your service to the West and South Dallas community. The time you spend on these trainings will count as general engagement hours toward your required 20 hours.

Continue in the Canvas Course until you see the ready for direct service banner. Now you're ready to find opportunities to serve!

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Engage Dallas Student Director for your Residential Commons.