Claire W. is a senior majoring in biology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer volunteering at Dallas-based Bryan’s House, a non-profit organization that provides medically managed child care and support services, assisting with the organization’s social media reach as well as its early-childhood education program.
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.
As part of this eight-day bus journey, SMU students, faculty and staff visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and meet people who participated in and witnessed the movement. The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor; the home of slain Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, in Jackson, Miss.; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated. “In the course of our journey, we meet numerous ‘keepers of history,’ including the former leaders of the bus boycott and voting rights marches,” says Professor Dennis Simon, who with Ray Jordan, leads the pilgrimage, which is sponsored by SMU’s Chaplain’s Office and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. “These are people whose lives and stories give life – in the here and now – to what we read and see in our study of the civil rights movement. Their character, faith and willingness to share their experiences help us understand the inner strength required to kill Jim Crow.”
SMU students traveled to New Hampshire to visit presidential campaign headquarters and organize focus groups for CNN during the Iowa caucus. They were accompanied by Rita Kirk, SMU communications professor and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.
Eleven students are traveling to Washington, D.C., with SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The program is led by Rita Kirk, director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and professor of Communication Studies in Meadows School of the Arts; Stephanie Ann Martin, assistant professor of Communication Studies; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and lecturer at the Center for Nonprofit Management. During the program, students meet with SMU alumni, talk with communication staffers on the Hill, learn from lobbyists about their advocacy functions, assess the role and function of the news media, and investigate the role of political parties as representatives for constituent concerns. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit.
SMU Alternative Breaks partners with its Community Engagement & Leadership Center, to take 70 students, and faculty and staff advisers, to seven locations in Texas, Oklahoma and Florida. They will spend four days working with nonprofit organizations that address issues including hunger, child abuse, homelessness, women’s rights and environmental restoration.
Roy is a second year graduate student working toward a Master of Divinity degree from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU for his work with homeless children in Dallas.
ustin is a senior, double majoring in biology and Spanish. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. This summer he interned in Dallas at the International Rescue Committee, a resettlement agency for refugees.
Kenny Ryan recently started a new position as a public information officer in SMU’s Office of News and Communications. Thinking an AARO session would speed up his getting acquainted with SMU, he decided to attend session seven , which was held July 27 and 28.
Hope is a junior majoring in human rights and history, and minoring in Spanish and sociology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU for her work in social justice.