Cutting Edge Youth Summit at Southern Methodist University

Cutting Edge Youth Summit at Southern Methodist University

"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way...people look at their reality, then you can change it."  
                            -James Baldwin 

            Believe. Serve. Create.Engage. Sustain. Innovate.Emerge. 

TEDxSMU Women's Conference

Dallas Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. The Action Research Center participated in the Education and Entrepreneurship track. To learn more about Dallas Startup Week, visit:

Dr. Candice L. Bledsoe, SMU faculty and founder of Action Research Center, discussed  the experiences of the underrepresented during TEDxSMU Women. TEDWomen is a TED event curated by TED that focuses on women and women’s issues. TEDxWomen events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDWomen, and also feature live, local speakers.  TEDxSMUWomen is one of many TEDx events that happened around the globe that expands on the ideas brought up at TEDWomen. For more information about TEDxSMU visit To

book Dr. Bledsoe as a speaker click here. 

Upcoming Events

The Collective is a creative arts group comprised of artists, singers, activists, writers, scholars, and academics. The Collective shares the stories of minoritized women in America. Through thought-provoking and award-winning performances, we aim to lift up and create space for women of color to share their voices, especially as it relates to the intersection of race, gender, and class. Our vision is to create strong communities of color whose inherent value and dignity is experienced in all aspects of society. To learn more about the Collective, click here.


The Collective: Telling the Stories of Women of Color Series

Fall Semester 2020

August 2020-December 2020



Youth Leadership Virtual Camp

August 2020-May 2021

Dallas, Texas 

College Prep Workshops

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Academy

Second Sat. of each month

Action Research Center in the News

Learn more about the Action Research Center. Click on the following stories:

How SMU Professor Candice Bledsoe is Equipping Minority Students

Dr. Candice Bledsoe: Sharing the Stories of the Collective


All in: How Candice Bledsoe ’07 shows students ‘no dream is out of reach’ 

Meet Dr. Candice Bledsoe of The Collective

The Race & Reconciliation Symposium Inspires Positive Change

Action Research Center participates in Our Voices Women's History Project

Dr. Candice Bledsoe speaks at Where Race Fits into #TimesUp

In America, Being Young, Gifted, And Black Is Both Blessing And Burden


 2017 cohort of Dallas Public Voices Announcement-Boone Family Foundation

 Mother's Day Card to Women Who Lost Their Children to Police Brutality


 Women in Film-Dallas features Action Research Center in Empowerment Project


 Dr. Candice Bledsoe Speaks at Dallas StartUp Week


  SMU hosts Black Excellence in Higher Education and Youth Summit


  SMU Alumni Among Speakers At Black Excellence In Higher Education Conference


  Dr. Candice Bledsoe featured in SMU Magazine News  


  Texas Senate Resolution 709 for Action Research Center


  USC Student Wins Award and Publishes Article


  Youth Leaders on the Cutting Edge


  Youth Summit to Help Students Succeed


  Cutting Edge Youth Summit Provides Innovative Strategies 



  Dr. Candice L. Bledsoe named fellow for Texas Project for Human Rights



  USC Student Wins Award and Publishes Article


  Cutting Edge Call for Global Youth Leaders 


Dr. Richard Reddick, Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Texas at Austin, is an expert on higher education and African-American students and faculty. His research analyzes mentoring relationships between faculty and black students, including factors influencing faculty mentorship and the advising and counseling approaches utilized by faculty in mentoring black students.

Black Excellence in Higher Education

Review highlights from our recent programs.

Click the links below:

Keynote Address by Dr. Richard Reddick


Community Panel


Higher Education Panel


Speech by Kelvin Beachum, Jr.