DeQuaylin Irving and Cristal Rodriguez at SMU. Photo courtesy SMU Maguire Ethics Center
DeQuaylin Irving and Cristal Rodriguez, soon to be Conrad High School seniors, recently attended the Kiwanis Key Leadership Conference on the SMU campus thanks to the University’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Irving and Rodriguez also participated in the Eagle Scholars college-readiness summer program coordinated by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and Vickery Meadow Youth Development. The collaborative, tuition-free program is designed to help first-generation college students realize their potential.
Irving and Rodriguez, the first students sponsored by the Maguire Ethics Center to attend the Kiwanis Conference, are residents of the Vickery Meadow Community, one of the most densely populated, ethnically diverse and lowest income areas of Dallas. Both students plan to be the first in their families to attend college.