Principles of Community
Samuel Merritt University is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community, workplace, and campus environment. We demonstrate this commitment by ensuring that SMU is a community where:
- We affirm the value of human diversity, respecting our differences, while acknowledging our common humanity.
- We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate based on mutual respect, fairness, and inclusion, calling for civility and decency in our personal interactions, regardless of position or status in the academy.
- We respect the right of freedom of expression within our community and value the different perspectives of others, recognizing and appreciating these differences builds trust and contributes to the excellence of the university.
- We challenge all forms of behavior that are prejudicical, discriminatory, and detrimental or contrary to the values expressed in this document; and we take responsibility for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education and our interactions with one another.
As a community, we are committed, individually and collectively, to embodying and safeguarding these principles.
The SMU Diversity Action Plan
For general inquiries email TheOfficeofDiversity&Inclusion@samuelmerritt.edu