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Support the Institute

Make a difference in the lives of women

You can make a difference for the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women in many ways.

Encourage young women to consider the Institute for their college education. The Institute offers women opportunities to develop practical skills, shape their own leadership styles, and demonstrate their courage and confidence. Invite young women to examine what we offer.

Participate in our activities. We plan events, seminars and workshops, and other activities to benefit the women of the Saint Teresa Institute. We hope you will join us.

Be a kindred spirit. Help us recognize opportunities. Suggest speakers, seminar ideas, articles, books or movies. Offer ideas for activities.

Mentor a student. As Institute students explore majors and career possibilities, we need women to be resources for them.

Be a role model. Continue to lead by demonstrating Teresan, Franciscan and Lasallian values in your everyday life.

Share your talents. We need help with our organizational activities, including marketing, event planning, and fundraising. We need seminar and workshop leaders. We are thankful for any talents you choose to share.

Be an Ambassador. Host a gathering for potential SMU students and others interested in learning more about the Saint Teresa Institute in your local community.

Pray for us. Think kind thoughts. Pray for the Institute’s success. Send us positive energy in whatever way you find sacred. Become a prayer partner and choose an Institute student for whom you will pray. We can never have too many prayers.

Make a contribution. As with any initiative, we need financial support. The student’s tuition covers the educational portion of her Institute experience, but there are still many co-curricular activities and operational expenses for which we need to raise funds. A financial donation of any size will help the women in the Institute.


Sponsor a student.
Our students do not pay any extra tuition or fees for their involvement in the Institute. Yet we are committed to creating the opportunities for our students’ personal and professional growth. Institute students participate in service activities, discussions, seminars, projects, and events designed to prepare and encourage them to assume leadership roles. We are asking women – either as individuals or as groups – to sponsor a student to cover these extra costs.

Make a tribute gift. Commemorate a special event or achievement by making a tribute gift in honor or memory of a woman you know.

Help us build a resource library. We are collecting books, DVDs, and music to have in our residence hall for the students. Send us something you find inspiring.