In the tradition of courageous women throughout history, the Saint Teresa Institute fosters — within an academic setting — a spiritual, social and cultural environment through which the leadership potential of women is nurtured. It is a community that celebrates personal integrity, excellence, joy and service.
Students in the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute live in a shared community in the heart of Saint Mary’s University. The Institute is a living and learning co-curricular program. The women gain many of the benefits of all-women’s education while nested in the broader co-educational Saint Mary’s community. Select general education courses are offered in women-focused classrooms, and the students in the Institute complete a six-credit course series in leadership and service.
Institute women live intentionally. Some live together in community; all gather regularly. With the director’s guidance, they set and monitor personal and professional goals over their SMU career.
Institute women learn together. They take Lasallian Core Traditions and select courses together in women-focused classrooms and complete a six-credit leadership and service curriculum.
Institute women lead. They design and participate in a variety of co-curricular activities, including life-skills workshops, leadership seminars, service learning, mentoring, and other on- and off-campus opportunities aimed at opening their minds to new ideas, people and experiences.