Understanding Rwanda: Memories from a human rights trip

Vicki Hill with Felix and Peter of Les Enfants de Dieu, Rwanda.

In August 2012, a group of 20 SMU students, faculty and staff members visited Rwanda with the University’s Embrey Human Rights Program.

The group went to observe how the African country is recovering from its 1994 civil war, in which up to a million people were killed in 100 days.

They also shared 200 pounds of school supplies donated by the SMU community and 7 boxes of books given by Dallas-based Half Price Books, as well as medical supplies donated in part by Denver-based service group Project C.U.R.E.

One traveler was Vicki Hill, SMU’s assistant dean for the University Curriculum. Hill shared her insights in an SMU Adventures blog that documented the trip and her struggle with what she learned.

“I saw what I hope is the most horrible thing I will ever see in my entire life, and I experienced moments of pure joy and affirmation,” Hill wrote.

> Read more from Vicki Hill and other Rwanda travelers at SMU Adventures

General Education Review committee named

The Office of the Provost has named all members of SMU’s General Education Review Committee. The office plans to establish a website on which faculty and staff members can track the Commitee’s progress and provide feedback.

“The members have all agreed to participate in this important venture on behalf of, and in consultation with, the entire University community,” said Provost Paul Ludden in an e-mail to SMU faculty and staff.

The General Education Review is a key objective of SMU’s Centennial Strategic Plan 2006-2015. The review will examine how the University’s general education requirements “prepare students for citizenship and leadership roles in an educated society.” Copies of the Centennial Strategic Plan 2006-2015 may be picked up in SMU’s libraries.

The committee membership:

Dennis Cordell, Dedman College General Education, Co-Chair
Thomas Tunks, Associate Provost, Co-Chair
Shelley Berg, Dance
Denise DuPont, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Vicki Hill, Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center
Robert Krout, Music Therapy
Monnie McGee, Statistical Science
Mark McPhail, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Rachael Morgan, student representative
Ellen Pryor, Associate Provost
Miguel Quiñones, Management and Organizations
Gale Roid, Teaching and Learning
Nina Schwartz, English
Harold Stanley, Political Science
Susan Strobel-Hogan, Residence Life and Student Housing
Brian Stump, Earth Sciences
Alisa Rata Stutzbach, Hamon Arts Library
David Willis, Mechanical Engineering
Jo Geisler, staff support
Michael Tumeo, staff support