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Second thoughts

Just two days after forming my idea for research on TCEDC’s impact in the community, almost everything seems to be in line: TCEDC’s directors have said my research is an important need; Dr. Nibbs, my cultural anthropology professor and mentor … Continue reading

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New direction

In Taos, poverty rates among high school graduates is almost 10 percent above the state average.  For TCEDC, that means that most clients simply cannot afford to pay at cost for the services that TCEDC provides.  As a result, TCEDC … Continue reading

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I have never seen a dead cow before

Kyle is a junior President’s Scholar majoring in biology, individual studies in applied scientific computing and human rights in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Kyle is participating in Engaged Learning and also was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. During summer 2013, he interned at two nonprofit organizations: Taos County Economic Development Center, where he examined how economic development corporations can help nonprofits empower communities, and Ke Ola Mamo Native Hawaiian Health Services, where he examined how one local nonprofit is able to work directly with the community. Continue reading

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Mentoring young debaters

An update from Anthony, a senior majoring in political science and communication studies: Throughout my time at SMU, I have been very involved in the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance (DUDA). DUDA is a nonprofit organization that sets up debate programs … Continue reading

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Working to end human trafficking

An update from Jessica, who graduated with a degree in human rights in May: During spring 2013, I completed the vast majority of my service hours at Mosaic Family Services. It’s a domestic violence and human trafficking shelter for women … Continue reading

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Communicating across cultures

An update from Lisa, a junior studying elementary education: During spring 2013 I spent a lot of time in SMU’s English as a Second Language class communicating with students whose first language is not English. I volunteered in two classes. One … Continue reading

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Growing a community

An update from Camille, a senior majoring in dance performance: It’s amazing how community service really does grow a community of both the people serving together and those who are being served. The more I serve alongside my fellow SMUSHies, … Continue reading

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To be heard and understood

An update from Essette, who earned a degree in human rights in May: Living in the Service House has helped reinforce my commitment to community service because I’m constantly surrounded by people who have a drive to help others. When … Continue reading

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What is the American experience, anyway?

Jessica is a graduate student in cultural anthropology and a candidate for a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Jessica is working on her dissertation, which compares middle-class, heterosexual Mexican-American couples and Anglo couples in the U.S. with the goal of understanding why these individuals choose to be child-free and how gender influences power relations in decision-making. During summer 2013, she is attending the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program in Washington, D.C., to expand her knowledge of Latino studies and explore how her work as an anthropologist can be utilized in a museum setting. Continue reading

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What’s in a bowl of soup?

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. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working for the U.S. State Department at the Bureau of Central and South Asia in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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