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Diversity Digest

Town Hall

The September Town Hall was designed and implemented by the Samuel Merritt University (SMU) team who attended the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE) in June. The team designed an innovative, collaborative process around four themes that emerged from the NCORE conference: white privilege, cultural competency/micro-aggressions, ISMs, and pipeline programs. The process highlighted emerging leaders and emphasized our collective responsibility in creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Samuel Merritt University.  The event was well-attended and well-received.

Diversity Assembly (DA)

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the leadership of the Diversity Assembly (DA), Lily Marquez and Alejandro Rodriguez, facilitated two programs in October--a talk by Jose Duenas, President/CEO of Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on "Hispanics and their Views of Identity," and a presentation by Berta Alicia Bejarano, M.A., M.B.A., C.I., Director of Diversity, Linguistic & ADA Services, and President of the Kaiser Permanente Latino Association on "Understanding the Latino Patient."

Visit the Diversity events webpage to view photos from the events.

Annual Inclusion Explosion Event (IE)

The Inclusion Explosion (IE), a community-wide diversity event sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of the President, iSTAND, and SBA took place on November 1. The day featured educational diversity-based posters, Day of the Dead altars constructed by members of the SMU community, an international lunch buffet, great music, and a showing of the film "If These Halls Could Talk," written and directed by nationally known diversity consultant, Lee Mun Wah.

Visit the SMU Facebook page to view photos from the event.