Kathy Crow Commons is one of eleven Residential Commons at SMU. At SMU, we are transforming the residential life model for students through our Residential Commons program, which integrates the academic, residential and social experience.


The Kathy Crow community ensures that all backgrounds are not only acknowledged, but respected. In our community, we welcome and celebrate the differences that come with having a student body of various identities, and recognize their immense value. Our commons values all genders, nationalities, races, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, socioeconomic backgrounds, and other aspects of identity. Moreover, Kathy Crow Commons is not passive towards the protection of diversity; rather, the community actively seeks to understand how diversity encourages us to grow as world changers and that academic success stems from the roots of an inclusive environment. 

The crest

The trumpet exemplifies the creative talents of the community, and also serves as a nod to our neighbor, the Mustang Band hall. 

The compass signifies the exploration of ideas and the importance of Kathy Crow Commons in helping residents to reach their life’s destination. 

The acorn represents our community symbol, the Mighty Oak Tree.  It also symbolizes the learning and development that happens during the beginning years of college thus laying a firm foundation of community while at SMU and beyond. 

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With deep roots, comes abundant growth.

Meet the Crows

“Harlan and I have been highly impressed by the leadership of Gerald Turner and others at SMU, and the positive momentum and aspirations of the University are infectious,” says Kathy Crow. “Those factors, plus SMU’s decision to aim for $1 billion and my great pride in being an SMU Cox School alumna, inspired us to want to contribute to SMU’s goals in a meaningful and impactful way.”

Dallas civic leader Kathy Crow earned her M.B.A. from Cox School of Business. In addition to serving on the SMU Board of Trustees, she is a member of the executive boards of the Cox School of Business and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She also has served in the Women’s Economics and Finance Series at Cox.

Harlan Crow earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and soon afterward joined The Trammell Crow Company. He has worked with Crow-affiliated entities for nearly 40 years and currently serves as chairman and CEO of Crow Family Holdings. He is a member of several boards of directors, including the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and the Monticello Foundation Board.