The Diversity Assembly

The Diversity Assembly is an open forum for SMU’s students, staff and faculty to voice ideas, engage in critical dialogues, and make recommendations to the University’s Diversity Action Council (UDAC).

The purpose of the Diversity Assembly (DA) is to engage the larger SMU community in realizing the University’s vision as expressed in the Principles of Community and the Diversity Plan (2012-2015). Accordingly, in partnership with UDAC, the DA is an open membership forum where all faculty, staff and students engage in critical diversity-related dialogues that advance the University’s commitment to “institutionalize a culture that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.” The dialogues will contribute to a culture of inclusion and innovation by learning to leverage difference and explore intersections of perspectives and cultures through high quality interactions. As a result, the Diversity Assembly will make recommendations to UDAC regarding policy, procedures, and practices.

The DA is currently co-facilitated by Che Abram, Associate Director of Diversity and Dr. Craig Elliott, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services. 

Past DA Discussions
What is diversity? What does it feel like?
Inclusivity on Campus
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Die-In
Student Activism Part I
Student Activism Part II

DA Topic Submission
Please email any topics for consideration to Diversity@samuelmerritt.edu  


"In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. We have to appreciate that truth can be received from outside of - not only within - our own group...We have to believe that by engaging in dialogue with another person, we have the possibility of making a change within ourselves, that we can become deeper."

-Thich Nhat Hanh