Jessica is a junior majoring in human rights and health and society, and minoring in gender studies and Spanish, on the pre-med track. She is performing an Engaged Learning project on the construction of feminism and women’s movements in Lima, Peru. She is spending the spring semester in Lima volunteering and taking classes on Amazonian ethnography, gender construction in Lima and Peruvian social reality.
The Clinton Global Initiative University, hosted by former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, connects college students with innovators, thought leaders and engaged celebrities to address challenges facing their campuses and communities. CGI U's focuses on five areas: education, environment and climate change, human rights, poverty alleviation and public health. The 9th annual meeting of the CGI U was held April 1-3, 2016, at the University of California-Berkeley. About 1,100 total students attended, and eight of those were from SMU.
Katelyn is a senior majoring in political science in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and journalism and theatre in Meadows School of the Arts. During fall 2014, as part of her Engaged Learning project, she visited Jordan to research the Syrian refugee crisis within the context of Jordanian security and international affairs.
Lisa is a senior majoring in markets and culture in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with a minor in education in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is working with the Ethiopian National Project (ENP), whose purpose is to help Ethiopian immigrants and their families succeed in Israel.
Rahfin is a junior President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who is majoring in economics, political science and mathematics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. As a participant in Engaged Learning and Big iDeas, Rahfin also runs Green Riba, a storefront dedicated to zero-interest loans for Dallas entrepreneurs. During summer 2013, he was invited to participate in Clinton Global Initiative America in Chicago, an annual event focused on economic recovery in the United States.
Ashley, a sophomore studying finance and fashion media, attended the Clinton Global Initiative University at Washington University in St. Louis in spring 2013 with five other SMU students.
As my time in Taos grows closer to the end finally I can see the finish line. When I first arrived on campus, the finish line seemed so far in the distance that I thought it would take forever to approach it. However, as the month has passed by, I have moved closer and closer to the line. Just this weekend I began working on my final research paper for Parasitology. Little did I know that I would write and complete it in the same day! Since I have just finished my final paper for my parasitology class, all that is left for me to review the edits and make the appropriate changes. My research paper is entitled: Habitat correlates with [...]
Just this past week Laura, Vanessa and I went shopping at Taos Plaza. I must admit I had a hard time controlling myself from buying everything I saw. I tend to get easily distracted with shiny objects and jewelry. In the Taos Plaza there were many stores that showcased Native American jewelry with beautiful stones imbedded in the art. Initially, when we arrived to the Plaza after lunch we said to ourselves that we would only be in town for about an hour and then head back to campus. However, nearly 3 hours later we were still shopping and putting more quarters in the parking meter to stay longer! From art galleries, to clothing stores, to observing native american art [...]
One of my favorite movie trilogies to watch is Lord of the Rings. In the film, The Fellowship of the Ring, there is a scene where the Fellowship, who accompanying Frodo to the land of Mordor cross through the Misty Mountains. While watching the movie, I have always pondered how hard it must be to climb a mountain. Well, today I happened to experience this feeling first-hand, albeit, there was no snow on our hike. As part of our field trip we climbed up to William’s Lake in the Taos Ski Valley. Now, while our class had completed other hikes as part of field trips, I must say that this hike, truly, was a challenge. From where we stationed the [...]
When I initially attended orientation for SMU-in-Taos, I was in awe with the beauty of the pictures that showed the landscape of the country. The mountains, trees, forest and sunset was absolutely beautiful. Even the wildlife is amazing, from beaver, to mice, chipmunks and yes, rattlesnakes. Just last week, I was able to see my very own rattlesnake! The snake was almost two feet long and was just beautiful. The campus has a policy where if a rattlesnake is seen, it is captured and then relocated to another area away from campus. I must admit that when I first saw the rattlesnake, I thought it was just a log or a twig...that was until I heard the distinct rattle... No [...]