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Southern Methodist University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
6425 Boaz Lane
Dallas, Texas 75205
Phone
(214) 768-2000
Email address
ugadmission@smu.edu
School Information
"SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools." The university enrolls over 12,000 students, employs over 760 full-time faculty, and offers degrees through its nine schools. (Source: https://www.smu.edu/AboutSMU) (Source: https://www.smu.edu/AboutSMU/Facts/CampusProfile)

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • SMU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion reports "directly to the President" and "guides and supports University policies and practices that foster inclusive admission, recruiting, hiring and promotion practices,"
  • In 2020, in a document titled "Moving Forward Together: The University Response to the Black Unity Forum’s Action Plan," SMU stated the following: "Effective immediately, the University will match, up to $500,000, fundraising efforts by the Black Alumni Board of the SMU Alumni Board for scholarships or student financial support . Moreover, as a part of the leadership and public phases of a new comprehensive fundraising campaign, SMU will utilize its best efforts to raise $10 million by 2028 (the end of the next campaign) to support the needs of underrepresented, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and first-generation students."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • SMU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion reports "directly to the President" and "oversees SMU's Cultural Intelligence and anti-bias training."
  • Through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Cultural Intelligence Initiative at SMU serves as an "educational resource to the entire campus" and provides "opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to learn and successfully implement the principles of cultural intelligence..." The Office creates "workshops, resources, [and] non-credit bearing courses for campus and individual use."
  • In a 2020 document titled "Moving Forward Together: The University Response to the Black Unity Forum’s Action Plan," SMU stated that the Athletic Department would "require all student-athletes, coaches, and staff to complete CIQ@SMU implicit bias training by the end of 2021."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • SMU’s curriculum "requires every student, regardless of major, to take a three-hour course focused on human diversity."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • SMU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers a training course for search committees titled "Searching Intelligently" and states, "Grounded in the principles of CIQ [Cultural Intelligence], this mandatory course for faculty search committee members reviews SMU's faculty search model; offers insights for strengthening the networking and candidate cultivation process; and evaluating candidates."
  • In a 2020 document titled "Moving Forward Together: The University Response to the Black Unity Forum’s Action Plan," SMU stated the following: "The University will require all incoming staff and faculty members – tenure track or adjunct – to complete CIQ@SMU’s implicit bias training and standalone module on microaggressions no later than the end of fall 2021. Furthermore, all existing faculty and staff members will be required to complete CIQ@SMU’s implicit bias training and the standalone module on microaggressions by December 2021."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Connect Mentorship Program at SMU is a "year-long mentorship program aimed at retaining students of color at SMU." The Program "helps incoming students of color become effective, successful, and engaged members of SMU through peer mentoring."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • In a 2020 document titled "Moving Forward Together: The University Response to the Black Unity Forum’s Action Plan," SMU stated that "Beginning in November 2020, the Chief of Police and appropriate staff will meet quarterly with the new Community Advisory Board to provide perspectives on issues related to race and campus policing."
Resources
  • The Black Unity Forum at SMU is an organization comprised of leaders from its affiliate groups which "serve the black students, faculty, staff, and alumni of SMU." In 2020, the BUF created its Action Plan which "highlights the commitments, goals, and criteria" it deems as "paramount to the success" of the black community at SMU.
Last updated April 19th, 2023
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