SMU’s Parent Leadership Council (PLC) is a select group of dedicated parents who serve as ambassadors to the SMU parent community and provide volunteer and philanthropic support to enhance the life of the University and its students. Parents develop unique perspectives of SMU as they witness the transformation of their children into world-changing adults. This distinctive outlook allows SMU parents to champion the University in special ways.

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  • Make SMU a philanthropic priority with a gift of $2,500 or more by May 31 each year
  • Educate fellow parents about the importance of the Parent Fund to inspire additional support
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting prospective PLC members
  • Welcome parents to the SMU community and help them feel informed, invested and involved
  • Participate in annual PLC meeting(s) on campus during Family Weekend and in the spring
  • Attend or host area-specific events in your area for fellow parents and/or members of the SMU community
  • Visit with SMU development staff to forge your own connections to the University with which your children will have lifelong affiliations


  • Current parents, willing to provide representation in your region.
  • Term of service is for the length of your student’s tenure at SMU.


  • The opportunity to hear from SMU President R. Gerald Turner and other members of the SMU leadership and faculty during Family Weekend and spring meetings.
  • Volunteer updates throughout the academic year, including progress reports on overall annual giving and information on University events.
  • The opportunity to become more involved with important University programs and to serve as University liaisons with other parents.

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