‘My Passion, My Philanthropy:’ Lauren Embrey on Giving Bold and ‘Now’

Women's E News Photo credit: Ginny Martin By: Lauren Embrey DALLAS (WOMENSENEWS)—“There is no such thing as a lesser person.” That is the motto of the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University, and something I innately knew from birth.When I was young, I wanted to drive a moped, but was told I couldn’t “because I was a girl.” I did not understand this. When I was a few years older, I was asked to train for the Olympics in swimming, but my mother’s response was, “Why would you want green hair and big shoulders?” I didn’t understand that either. Then at the elite girls’ school I attended in Dallas, my hometown, the message changed. I was taught that I could accomplish anything any [...]

By | August 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events|Comments Off on ‘My Passion, My Philanthropy:’ Lauren Embrey on Giving Bold and ‘Now’

SMU Adventures: Working with the FARDC

SMU Adventures Originally Posted: July 26, 2016 Lindsay G. is a rising senior majoring in international studies and human rights. This summer she traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Army ROTC for closer study of the country’s culture and language. This week began with quarantine in our hotel due to political unrest throughout the country. This was extremely fitting since this next week we were going to be working with the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Day 1 we went to the military school for English language, which aimed to help soldiers in the FARDC learn basic English. At the language school we got the opportunity to meet officers in the FARDC who had been given the [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU Adventures: Working with the FARDC

After tragic week, community leaders take ‘Unified Steps Forward’ at ‘Human Rights Dallas’ summit

SMU NEWS Originally Posted: July 14, 2016 By Denise Gee DALLAS (SMU) – It had been planned months in advance, but when hundreds of city and county leaders gathered at SMU July 9 for the first “Human Rights Dallas” summit, the city was openly grieving the July 7 murders of five police officers in downtown Dallas after what had been a peaceful protest march. That march was in response to controversial police shootings of two African American men in Louisiana and Minnesota – incidents that had produced anger, anxiety and grief. In taking “unified steps forward,” Embrey Human Rights Program (EHRP) Director Rick Halperin emphasized his event’s goal would not be “to focus on your work, or my work, but our work – to ensure [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on After tragic week, community leaders take ‘Unified Steps Forward’ at ‘Human Rights Dallas’ summit

First ‘Human Rights Dallas’ summit set for July 9

SMU News Originally Posted: July 7, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – Texas may lead the nation in job creation and exported goods, but in human rights rankings, it holds these five dubious distinctions: Texas has the largest number of hate groups espousing racist, xenophobic and anti-LGBT sentiments. (Conversely, it’s home to the nation’s largest number of resettled refugees/asylum seekers, mostly from Myanmar, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.) Texas ranks second in the nation for human trafficking crime, which is on the rise. Texas leads the U.S. in the number of people exonerated by wrongful convictions while also leading in the number of state-sanctioned executions. Texas ranks high in the number of children who die from abuse and neglect – and is the No. 1 state for hot car-related fatalities involving children and infants. Texas is home to [...]

By | July 6th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on First ‘Human Rights Dallas’ summit set for July 9

SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program Partners up for Peace Day Dallas 2016

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 22, 2016 Peace Day Dallas 2016 will be bigger and better than ever, organizers announced at a kickoff event Wednesday at Dallas City Hall. The celebration will be from Sept. 16-21 and include events across the city. Several partners have already stepped up, including Dallas City Hall, the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Jesuit College Preparatory School, SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, Peace is Possible, the Zain Foundation and 29 Pieces. Council member Adam McGough and wife Lacy will serve as chairs. Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke at the kickoff before he signed a Respect Pledge. “The spirit of the pledge is exactly what we need,” Rawlings said. “This will help with the terrible scourges in the United States and in our own [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program Partners up for Peace Day Dallas 2016

Congratulations to John Kalkanli, graduating in May with dual degrees in International Studies and Markets and Culture with a minor in human rights

This week we are sharing some powerful SMU stories from the class of 2016... John Kalkanli has never seen the campus of SMU, but he says he loves it none-the-less. John Kalkanli is blind. Born in Turkey with a disorder that robbed him of his sight from day one, his family brought him to Dallas six times in his first five years of life to attempt surgeries they hoped would make him see. None of the surgeries worked, but eventually he found something else in Dallas – a future home at SMU. After Kalkanli graduates in May with dual degrees in International Studies and Markets and Culture with a minor in human rights, he will enroll in SMU’s Masters of Liberal Studies program with a [...]

By | May 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News, Sociology, Sociology (Student), Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to John Kalkanli, graduating in May with dual degrees in International Studies and Markets and Culture with a minor in human rights

Leading Lady: Jenny Torres, Interim President of SMU’s Multicultural Greek Council

HC at SMU Originally Posted: April 23, 2016 SMU is proud to be home to world changers, and it all starts with the moment a student decides to become a leader. We are proud here at Her Campus to present SMU’s Leading Ladies, taking charge and making a difference in the community. This week, we got to know senior Jenny Torres, a human rights and public policy student who is also the interim president of the Multicultural Greek Council. Recently, she was honored with two Hilltop Excellence Awards: the Emme V. Baine Legacy and A. Kenneth Pye Outstanding Greek Leader Awards. Receiving two honors in one night is fitting for a woman who seems to do everything at once. READ MORE

By | April 26th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Leading Lady: Jenny Torres, Interim President of SMU’s Multicultural Greek Council

Dedman College alumna Lisa Walters is working for the educational nonprofit Global Citizen Year in Ecuador, where a deadly quake hit

SMU News Originally Posted: April 20, 2016 SMU Aluma in Ecuador and SMU police officer dad grateful for far-reaching support after quake DALLAS (SMU) – Everything Lisa Walters learned from earning recent SMU degrees in human rights and Spanish is being put to the ultimate test in Ecuador. She was about to board a plane back to her home in the South American country Saturday, April 16, when she learned Ecuador had been struck by a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Lisa, the daughter of SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters, moved to Ecuador a week after her May 2014 graduation and now works as a team leader for the educational nonprofit group Global Citizen Year (GCY), a program that provides study abroad opportunities for young men [...]

By | April 20th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Dedman College alumna Lisa Walters is working for the educational nonprofit Global Citizen Year in Ecuador, where a deadly quake hit

Embrey Human Rights Program’s “Evening With Kang Il-Chul and Lee Ok-Seon”

SMU News Originally Posted: April 20, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – During World War II, the Japanese military abducted, tricked or coerced as many as 200,000 women for use as sex slaves, euphemistically called “comfort women.” Most were from occupied Korea, with others from China, Southeast Asia and Europe – and two-thirds were killed or died after their abuse. In a rare U.S. appearance, two of the survivors will be at SMU on Friday, April 22, for the Embrey Human Rights Program’s “Evening With Kang Il-Chul and Lee Ok-Seon,” held in partnership with Seoul, South Korea’s House of Sharing, an assisted living home where Il-Chul and Ok-Seon and five others find support. The free public event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception featuring Korean food [...]

By | April 20th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Embrey Human Rights Program’s “Evening With Kang Il-Chul and Lee Ok-Seon”
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