Author Archives: Sarah Hanan

About Sarah Hanan


Making our schools better

As part of their class on contemporary issues in education policy, students Anna Norkett and Rahfin Faruk had the opportunity to visit schools with Mike Miles, the Dallas Independent School District’s superintendent. They wrote op-eds about their experiences in the Jan. … Continue reading

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Today, I imagined.

An update from Hanan, a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in human rights: Today, I imagined. Sobibor Death Camp wiped out a quarter of a million people in less than one year. The area today has grown from nothing … Continue reading

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Our group in Bethlehem

The January 3-14, 2015, Palestine-Israel Immersion Trip for alumni/ae and students of Perkins School of Theology-SMU — sponsored by the school’s Global Theological Education Program — includes 17 participants. The first-ever Perkins immersion experience for alums will be led by Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, associate professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology. Each day, participants will experience Palestine and Israel through a different theme. Continue reading

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Send-off to Ecuador

The SMU Alternative Breaks group heading to Quito, Ecuador:  

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Helping build community in Austin

SMU Alternative Breaks is offering three trips during winter break. In January, the student organization is taking students, faculty and staff to Quito, Ecuador, to volunteer with an organization that supports at-risk youth, and to Puerto Rico to perform environmental work and serve at the Boys & Girls Club. In December, participants performed community service at the Blackland Community Development Corporation in Austin. Continue reading

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Test makers need to open up about their closed doors

An update from Rahfin Faruk, a senior majoring in economics, public policy, political science and religious studies, with a minor in mathematics: Across the country — in Democratic and Republic legislatures and in rich and poor communities — standardized tests are … Continue reading

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Our group in D.C.

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Hilltop on the Hill 2014

Students traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The students visited media and government sites, and met with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. Read their blog.

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Making an impact in Dallas

SMU Alternative Breaks took students, faculty and staff to 7 communities during fall break 2014 to serve community organizations while also learning about issues such as poverty, hunger and homelessness. Learn more at Continue reading

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The value of hard work and good relationships

An update from Monica, a senior majoring in communication studies: What an experience this has been for me – the growth, the endurance, and the lessons. Washington, D.C., is as beautiful as I had heard; it without a question surpassed … Continue reading

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