A young woman carrying a backpack walked into the Fairmont Dallas bar, sat next to Ashlee Hunt Kleinert ’88 and her husband, Chris ’88, and ordered a glass of water. In her cutoff overalls and tank top, she stood out in the crowd of suits and cocktail attire. The Kleinerts, who were at the downtown hotel for a social event, thought she looked too young to sit at the bar. They guessed she was about 17 or 18. More conspicuous, though, was the young woman’s trembling discomfort. “She was constantly looking over her shoulder, scanning the room and scraping her nails along the bar’s surface,” Kleinert remembers. “She seemed terrified.” New Friends New Life, co-founded by Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt ’65, Pat Schenkel and Gail Turner in 1998, helps human trafficking survivors. Kleinert, a longtime volunteer with New Friends New Life, a faith-based Dallas nonprofit offering a comprehensive program for human trafficking survivors, recognized the behavior of a young woman being exploited. “Her pimp likely sat among the patrons, keeping watch while she waited to join a john in a hotel room,” Kleinert says. When her husband suggested passing along a note about New Friends and the phone number, Kleinert hesitated. Through her volunteer work, she knew that if the pimp were watching, such contact could put the trafficking victim in peril. Torn by the possible ramifications [...]
We’re celebrating Homecoming Weekend October 22–24 with reimagined experiences for everyone. Whether you plan to be on the Hilltop or cheer on your alma mater from home, we’ve got you covered.
Ana Rodriguez ’03 and the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative are breaking down barriers – one promotion at a time.
A $15 million gift from Gina L. and Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74 to SMU’s Cox School of Business will generate transformational economic research and cutting-edge business education for generations to come.
Perhaps now more than ever we appreciate Gerald J. Ford Stadium, the home of SMU football for two decades. The Hilltop landmark brings together the campus and Dallas communities in solidarity to cheer on the Mustangs.
Learn how some Meadows School of the Arts grads are exploring the possibilities of the SMU Network digital platform to make career connections, collaborate, commiserate and lend a helping hand to fellow alums and students.
After being displaced by a flood, Kevin Lee and his mom spent a year bouncing from shelter to shelter. Now the first-year law student aspires to become a judge and champion for kids without a permanent home.
A new multidisciplinary program aims to arm business managers with the skills they need to level up in the multifaceted, multibillion-dollar global industry.
Enjoy these quick links to stories, videos and more about the people, programs and events making an impact on the Hilltop.
#StampedeinPlace hosted by Black Alumni of SMU on June 24 was an evening of listening, learning and growing together by Mustangs for Mustangs.