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RSVP TODAY! Dedman College Community Mixer: Friday, November 5th

Dedman College Community Mixer

Date: Nov. 5, 2021
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: Dallas Hall Rotunda and Dallas Hall Front Steps

All Dedman College faculty, staff and students welcome.

Please RSVP by October 29, 2021: smu.edu/CommunityMixer.

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Event: October 8, Documentary Screening and Open Discussion of Asian Americans

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Originally Posted: Sept. 30, 2021

RSVP by Oct. 6: https://smu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pATvljfFF8GQLk

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Boulevard with Dedman College for SMU Homecoming

Join Dedman College on the Boulevard!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Connect with Dedman College alumni, students, faculty, family and friends for tailgating on the Boulevard for Homecoming Weekend.

Tent opens two hours before kickoff (time to be announced)

The Dedman College tent location is behind the Dedman College sign on the main quad.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Dedman College tent!

Food and drinks provided but you must register before Wednesday, September 29.

Register

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Dedman College D&I Newsletter, Fall 2021

Read the latest Dedman College D&I Newsletter

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Temporary mask requirement effective Aug 12

SMU News

Effective August 12, SMU is temporarily requiring masks (two or more layers covering the nose and mouth) in indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms, event and meeting spaces, and common areas in all buildings and residential halls regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in private spaces such as residence hall rooms for students with roommates.

All events, such as Convocation and orientation, should continue as planned with masks being used indoors. This requirement is a temporary precaution during the Delta variant surge to supplement our other pandemic protocols. We will continue to monitor and review industry-specific guidance and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health authorities in order to make the best decisions for our community.

Check the Mustang Strong website for the latest updates and answers to questions about our campus response to COVID-19. Also, watch for upcoming Mustang Strong newsletters for quick reminders. READ MORE

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SMU Senior Working With All Wheels Up Advocating For Wheelchair Space On Aircrafts.

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Originally Posted: July 30, 2021

While catching a flight remains a simple part of life for most people, those flying as a wheelchair user may find flying a daunting proposition. While airlines are required to assist in making it possible to fly, it’s often not a pleasant process. Slings, hoists, and slide boards make the whole experience rather undignified, and all too often can end up with wheelchairs becoming damaged or broken, or even the passenger getting hurt.

“Airlines need to recognize that each of their passengers need to be treated with dignity,” SMU senior Brady Martin says. “Some call air travel a luxury and believe that we are privileged if we have the opportunity to travel by air. However, in the globalizing 21st century, air travel is often a necessity.”

Recognizing this inequity, Brady Martin is teaming up with All Wheels Up, the only organization in the world crash testing wheelchair tie downs and wheelchairs for commercial flight, for his 2021 Maguire Public Service Fellowship project.

“So many individuals with disabilities are unable to sit in standard airplane seats and therefore are unable to travel to distant locations,” Brady says. “I believe that it is the right of every individual to travel freely.”

Brady’s passion for disability rights advocacy stems from his relationship with his friend Danny who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and voluntary muscle movement. Brady says that for the past 10 years, he has witnessed the everyday challenges that Danny faces as a wheelchair user. This past summer, Brady spoke to Danny about his experience flying to Hawaii. READ MORE

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Team Building Spirit

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Originally Posted: May/June 2021 issue

 

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Meet the three college students working to preserve McKinney history

Star Local Media

Originally Posted: July 2, 2021

For Jordyn Harrell, researching McKinney’s history is like working on a big jigsaw puzzle.

The Southern Methodist University student likes to usually have the whole story, details and all, before her, she said, but this summer, she and two others are searching for the pieces themselves.

Three students are working this summer to research and find the stories of who made McKinney’s history, particularly focusing on the city’s Black and Hispanic communities. Their work is part of an internship program with Legacy Keepers of Old East McKinney, a consortium focused on preserving and promoting the history of McKinney’s Black and Hispanic communities.

For Luisa Piña, an Austin College student, the internship provides an almost full-circle experience: she attended McKinney High School. Piña was an English as a second language student, she said.

“This town was really the introducing of America when I first arrived,” Piña said.

After leaving for college, she never expected to come back. Now, Piña said, after getting the internship offer through her school and learning about the consortium’s goals, she has found an appreciation for McKinney history.

“I’m definitely glad that I got to come back to McKinney, definitely see it through a whole new light, and in a way contribute to a town that three years ago gave me so much, so I can give something back to it as well,” she said.

Harrell and fellow SMU student Bri Tollie are focusing on learning about members of the graduating class of 1943 from Doty High School, which was once the city’s only high school for Black students. In addition to scouring documents like marriage and military records, their goal is to go beyond the bare-bone facts.

That means interviewing family members who can bring memories and narratives to the table. READ MORE

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April 22, Retention of Underrepresented Faculty: Strategic Approaches & Initiatives

Date: April 22, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom. 
Zoom link will appear in the registration confirmation. For questions please contact Jill Kelly.
Event details:Beronda L. Montgomery, PhD is MSU Foundation Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. She is also a member of the Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory. Montgomery conducts research on the means by which plants and cyanobacteria are able to monitor and adjust to changes in their external environments. The ability of these largely immobile organisms to adapt to dynamic environments increases their survival and maximizes productivity. Dr. Montgomery received an NSF CAREER Award and was an American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer. She has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2018, the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2020, and the American Society of Plant Biologists in 2021. Montgomery served as assistant provost for faculty development from 2016-2020 at MSU with responsibility for supporting all faculty and academic staff in the areas of research, scholarship, and creative activities. Since fall of 2020, she serves as interim assistant vice president for research and innovation at MSU. 

 

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April 5, Voices of SMU Oral History Project

Event Date: April 5
Time: 4:00pm
Register here: https://smu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I5QyMt9SRj6Z5rCZfJ8r0Q