As one of only seven institutions in the United States and only institution in the South to offer a bachelor’s degree in human rights, SMU is fortunate to host the SMU Human Rights Program. Founded in 2006 through the generosity of the Embrey Family Foundation, the SMU Human Rights Program is more vibrant today than ever before. The program boasts a 200 student population of 80% women, 50% people of color, and large percentages of students identifying as LGBTQ, religious minorities, and other underrepresented groups. This signature program is training a new generation of visionary changemakers to defend and demand human dignity.
The need for an exceptional human rights education is tremendous. The program’s operations are funded through 2019, so the time has come to guarantee that the full experience of an SMU human rights education will be available far into the future. Serving as a hub of human rights activity for people of all backgrounds, your gift will help facilitate a variety of initiatives for academic development, global awareness, and community innovation. Additionally, gifts to operational funding can be directed toward specific initiatives such as student fellowships, lecture fees, conference expenses, trip scholarships, or The Dignity Endowment Campaign. Join us in becoming the United States’ first endowed undergraduate degree-granting human rights institution and building a world that reflects our motto: There is no such thing as a lesser person.
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In 24 hours, we can do anything and everything, as long as we do it together. By supporting SMU, you make an immediate impact for our students, faculty and staff, and help make the university the best it can be – creating change on campus and around the globe.