José Bowen

Leaders discuss diversity at SMU summit

R. Gerald Turner, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Karen Hughes, and Jose BowenCongresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (’76), who represents Texas District 30, spoke with a select group of middle school students and their parents Aug. 20 at the Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue hosted by SMU. The summit, which represented 45 countries, also featured Karen Hughes (’77), Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs with the U.S. Department of State. The event was the result of a collaboration between Rep. Johnson and Meadows Dean José Bowen; Bowen and SMU President R. Gerald Turner were among the speakers.

“I wanted to be a part of building a world of peace and culture, so I decided to do something,” Rep. Johnson said. “It is important to learn about diversity now and set an example to the world.”

By studying foreign languages and traveling the world, people can become more informed citizens and learn to appreciate, not just tolerate, differences, said Ambassador Hughes. Read more and see conference highlights on video. (Left to right, President Turner, Rep. Johnson, Ambassador Hughes and Dean Bowen at the summit.)

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Things we did this summer

Dallas County teens dance in 'Our Book of Life'The Meadows School of the Arts hosted Our Book of Life and Reflections of Life, featuring art, poetry, music and performance by at-risk youth from all over Dallas County. The performance and art exhibit were staged by Creative Solutions, a partnership between the Dallas County Juvenile Department and Big Thought.

“It is important to let our young people know that where you have been does not determine who you can become,” said Meadows Dean José Antonio Bowen. “[We are] proud to be part of the most successful program in the country for youth under pressure and allow them to dream beyond their environment. These students have great potential, and all they need is for someone to believe in them.”

Nearly 144 girls entering grades 8 through 12 attended SMU’s Engineering Camp for Girls in June. The camp is part of the University’s Gender Parity Initiative directed by Betsy Willis, a program of the Institute for Engineering Education at SMU designed to help fill a projected shortage of engineers by recruiting girls and women to their ranks. Read more from The Dallas Morning News.

TrampasFront-Eiseley-125.jpgSMU-in-Taos students helped restore the historic San Jose de Gracia Catholic Church in Las Trampas, New Mexico, tearing down a deteriorating adobe wall surrounding the church’s cemetery and patching the exterior adobe walls. The project was part of Adam Herring‘s class on “Art and Architecture of Hispanic New Mexico.” Read more from The Albuquerque Journal. (Right, at work with senior art history major Eiseley Tauginas, who blogged about her SMU-in-Taos experiences for the University’s Student Adventures site. Photo courtesy of The Albuquerque Journal.)

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