Community Engagement Programs

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Engage Dallas

Engage Dallas is a place-based community engagement initiative via SMU’s Residential Commons to address community needs focusing on south and west Dallas. The initiative is a long-term, university-wide commitment led by studentsto partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to positively impact the community. There is equal emphasison campus and community impact stemming from the initiative.

SMU Board Fellows

The SMU Board Fellows Program is a unique opportunity that allows selected students to serve as a non-voting member on the Board of Directors for a non-profit with the Dallas community. Board Fellows gain valuable insight into how non-profits function and apply skills learned in the classroom to a real-world experiences while making a lasting impact on the community. SCIE partners with the Hegi Family Career Develop Center to offer this opportunity to our SMU students.

Applications for SMU Board Fellows open each Fall.

Students at The Big Event

Big Event

The Big Event is the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation. It was established at Texas A&M University in 1982 and continues to impact communities 36 years later. Each Spring, tens of thousands of students nationwide gather to service their communities through acts of service. On this day, college students are able to unite as one to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Simply put, The Big Event serves as a way to give back to your local community and to ultimately say “Thank You”. At SMU we hope to become apart of this rich tradition of service by connecting students, faculty, and staff with our community in powerful ways.

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Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks (AB) is a student-run organization offering direct service opportunities during fall and spring break. They take groups of students, student leaders, and faculty/staff to partner with communities across the nation to perform vital service alongside incredible nonprofit organizations.

SCIE also offers other service programs and resources like Volunteer Consultations and Non-profit relationships.
Contact SCIE at for more information about these programs.