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

Date: April 22, 2021 Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: Zoom. Registration required at SMU.EDU/DedmanDiversityEventZoom 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 [...]

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Big Path Capital Dell Family Creates Endowment Fund for SMU Human Rights Program

Yahoo Finance Originally Posted: April 5, 2021 J.D. Dell, managing director and partner at Big Path Capital, the leading investment bank for impact companies and private equity funds, and Ann Marie Dell, who is currently enrolled in a Southern Methodist University doctorate program, are pleased to announce a $500,000 commitment toward the endowment of the Human Rights Program in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Ann is in her final semester of coursework in the Doctorate of Liberal Studies program in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Ann’s concentration and research focus is in the area of Human Rights and Holocaust studies under Human Rights Program Director Dr. Rick Halperin. The Dells’ initial $250,000 gift will establish the Ann and J.D. Dell Endowment [...]

By | 2021-04-11T07:41:40-07:00 April 6th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Big Path Capital Dell Family Creates Endowment Fund for SMU Human Rights Program

Cold Weather, Warm Neighbors

Park City People Originally Posted: April 5, 2021 Residents mobilize to help each other during historic Texas blizzard While many Texans were without necessities like power and water during the winter storm in February, North Texans came together to help each other through it. Information posted in a group chat for SMU human rights students prompted several to volunteer at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, which housed 700 people during the storm. “It was amazing to see that you got people out there that actually really care for helping the community, especially during times like this,” Bri Tollie said. The SMU political science junior with a minor in human rights spent 10 hours at the convention center one day but said she and other [...]

By | 2021-04-05T08:48:58-07:00 April 5th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Cold Weather, Warm Neighbors

Whitney Wolfe Herd to speak at Commencement

SMU News Originally Posted: Marche 21, 2021 DALLAS (SMU) – Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble Inc., became the youngest woman to take a company public when she celebrated the initial offering of her dating app shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market in February. The 31-year-old entrepreneur and SMU alumna will draw lessons from her remarkable life story as the featured speaker at SMU’s May Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 15. The outdoor ceremony, scheduled for 8 a.m. in Ford Stadium, will be streamed live at https://www.smu.edu/live. “Whitney Wolfe Herd may be the youngest commencement speaker we have ever had,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Our graduates will feel a sense of kinship with her as it has been only ten years since she walked [...]

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March 25, Diverse Women in the Workforce

Thursday, March 25, 2021 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (CT) Zoom: https://smu.zoom.us/s/92504134650 In honor of International Women’s History Month, Dedman College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is partnering with the Hegi Career Center and the Women & LBGT Center to present this exciting Zoom panel of accomplished women professionals. They will discuss trends and challenges throughout various industries, share personal and professional experiences and insights, and field questions from the SMU community. The panel includes: Tammy Suh Meinershagen, Chief Creative Officer of MedinaUSA and Chair of Frisco Arts Foundation; Marty Overman, Regional Vice President at Palo Alto Networks; Kristol Johnson, Global Sales Productivity Manager at McAfee; Hana Elliott, Head of Sales and Marketing at Civic Dinners; and Elisa Klein, Co-Founder and COO of MKC Create [...]

By | 2021-03-22T06:37:03-07:00 March 22nd, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Diversity and Inclusion, Events|Comments Off on March 25, Diverse Women in the Workforce

Watch: Dallas Literary Festival Returns

NBC-5 Originally Posted: March 22, 2021 Southern Methodist University will present the Dallas Literary Festival March 26-28. The theme of the weekend-long event: Turbulence. “I thought that was a really appropriate theme for the revitalization of this event considering where we are in this country right now,” said Sanderia Faye Smith, Executive Director of the festival and SMU assistant professor. “I want the people to see how the community has come together to bring people these well-renowned and prized authors.” The weekend’s events will include panel discussions, virtual readings and author interviews featuring: Charles M. Blow, New York Times columnist, author of "The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto." Joy Harjo, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, author of the [...]

By | 2021-03-22T06:14:37-07:00 March 22nd, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Watch: Dallas Literary Festival Returns

Dallas Literary Festival kicks off next week with a star-studded lineup

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 21, 2021 The Dallas Literary Festival will bring together a bevy of writers, from here and elsewhere, on March 26 to 28 for diverse programs focusing on a topical theme: turbulence. Presented by Southern Methodist University, the online event will consist of panel discussions, author readings and one-on-one conversations. Dallas author Sanderia Faye Smith, the director of the festival, says the pandemic and systemic racism in America collided in “a perfect storm … Now we’re trying to figure out how we’re going to deal with them.” Many of the participating authors have written about systemic racism or being incarcerated. Alice Marie Johnson, an advocate for criminal justice reform, will be in conversation with Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival [...]

By | 2021-03-21T13:40:07-07:00 March 21st, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events|Comments Off on Dallas Literary Festival kicks off next week with a star-studded lineup
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