Community Engagement Organizations

SMU has many student organizations dedicated to serving the community through direct service and philanthropy. Visit the pages linked below to learn more about the student organizations advised by SCIE.


The Big Event

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The Big Event is the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation. The Big Event 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.

Mustang Heroes

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Mustang Heroes is dedicated to serving the Dallas community. It was founded in 2010 by a group of incoming first-year students, months before their commencement at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. They dreamed of inspiring fellow students to service in hopes of making both SMU and Dallas a better place to grow, live, and learn.

Alternative Breaks

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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.

Dance Marathon

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Dance Marathon is a year-long fundraising initiative that raises money for Children's Health in Dallas. Their efforts culminate with a 6-hour event where we invite students to join us in celebrating and supporting the kids and families at Children's. The event includes family speakers, food, games, performers and much more.

American Cancer Society at SMU

*This organization is not currently active due to Covid-19 restrictions and are waiting on guidance from the national organization. Please email with any questions.

Visit SMU 360 to see a full list of student organizations dedicated to service which are not advised by SCIE.
Click on “groups” and filter by category.
There are a ton there so be sure to check them out as well!