Dedman College D&I Newsletter, Fall 2021

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Originally Posted: Aug 23, 2021 Welcome back, Mustangs! Can't wait to see you in class!

Political scientist Matthew Wilson in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Journal Constitution Originally Posted: July 12, 2021 After Texas Republicans advanced a series of new voting laws Sunday, Lone Star Democrats reportedly are planning to flee the state — once again — in an effort to stop those measures from taking effect. Republicans are planning the first of several votes on the proposed measures this week, according to The Associated Press. At least 58 state House Democrats are expected to bolt from Austin on Monday in an effort to block the measures from advancing, NBC News reported. Most members plan to fly to Washington, D.C., on two private jets and use the time there to rally support for federal voting legislation, according to an unidentified source quoted by the network. The last time Texas [...]

By | 2021-08-17T08:53:16-07:00 August 17th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science|Comments Off on Political scientist Matthew Wilson in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

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 [...]

SMU alumna and Bumble CEO leads the way on employee wellness

CNBC Originally Posted: July 29, 2021 Dating app Bumble to give employees a collective week-long holiday twice a year Dating app Bumble on Thursday announced the company-wide week off that it implemented last month will become a permanent perk, now giving all workers the same two weeks’ paid vacation each year. Bumble said it was making the company-wide week-long vacation a permanent benefit to its 700 employees twice a year. In addition, the women-led dating app said its employees would now have unlimited paid vacation days with uniform minimums. In June, Bumble gave all its workers the same week off in an effort to combat burnout, noting that like most people its global team had experienced a “very challenging time during the pandemic.” Tariq Shaukat, [...]

By | 2021-08-05T08:49:11-07:00 August 5th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science|Comments Off on SMU alumna and Bumble CEO leads the way on employee wellness

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

Maguire Ethics Center 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 [...]

By | 2021-07-30T20:44:16-07:00 July 30th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Diversity and Inclusion, Embrey Human Rights Events, Political Science, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on SMU Senior Working With All Wheels Up Advocating For Wheelchair Space On Aircrafts.

COVID-19 reminders for July term

SMU NEWS As SMU moves into Summer Session II (July term), it’s important to maintain a healthy campus by diligently following SMU’s current COVID-19 protocols. Here are some reminders. The Mustang Strong Dashboard recording COVID-19 cases at SMU is now updated weekly on Thursdays. SMU strongly encourages everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to prevent the spread and lessen the severity of the virus, if contracted. COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center for current and incoming students, SMU employees and their eligible spouse/dependents. Book an appointment through the health portal or by calling 214-768-2141 (option 1). After receiving the vaccine, please record your status in the voluntary vaccination reporting tool. The Health Center also provides COVID-19 testing for students and employees, but appointments are required, so call first at 214-768-2141 [...]

SMU’s Austin Hickle sees the road to change through public policy

SMU News Originally Posted: June 5, 2021 Receiving a prestigious Truman Scholarship will help SMU student body president fuel the journey Austin Hickle had something of an epiphany last summer: If college campuses like SMU were going to successfully return to on-campus learning in fall 2020, student engagement would be key to compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.  Within three months, he organized the College Health Alliance of Texas, which conducted student opinion research and became a conduit to Congress for student pandemic concerns.  Now, Austin’s leadership skills and proven ability to create change has earned the senior economics and public policy major a Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship for future public servants.  “For many people, the pandemic encouraged an important and renewed focus on [...]

By | 2021-06-07T07:23:29-07:00 June 7th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU’s Austin Hickle sees the road to change through public policy

SMU Giving Day is April 13

SMU Giving Day is April 13. There are over 20 different ways that you can support Dedman College. Check them out by visiting https://givingday.smu.edu/pages/dedman-college or clicking through the features list below. ALBERT SCHWEITZER FELLOWSHIP DEAN’S RESEARCH COUNCIL AT DEDMAN COLLEGE DATAFEST HACKATHON DEDMAN COLLEGE RESEARCH AND ADVANCED STUDIES FUND JEWISH STUDIES DEDMAN COLLEGE CANCER RESEARCH FUND SMU HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM CENTER FOR PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OF WORLD LANGUAGE AND LITERATURES SMU DEBATE TEAM DEDMAN COLLEGE [...]

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
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