SMU Honored for its Commitment to Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) was recently awarded a CLAS Champion Certificate of Recognition from The Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).

The certificate honors SMU for its commitment to cultural and linguistic competence, promoting social justice and health equity, and for efforts toward addressing persistent disparities. This recognition is related to work with Project Health and CLAS in the education and training of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) faculty and students, and more broadly, the SMU and Alameda County communities, in transgender-related health disparities and our past and ongoing efforts to address these issues. 

SMU Professor and Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, Cecily Cosby spearheaded this project.

“With the generous support of the Scott Beamer funding since 2010, the innovative and effective collaborations with the East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) MSW Colleen Timpane, the AIDS Project East Bay (APEB), Alanna Powell of Boldly Me and the unwavering volunteer efforts of SMU FNP students and SMU Assistant Professor Tamera Valenta, we are making significant contributions to improving the health and quality of life of Bay Area transwomen,” said Cosby.  

“A special thank you to Academic Vice President and Provost Dr. Scot Foster and Chief Development Officer Sue Valencia for their support of these efforts,” she added.


pictured: Cecily Cosby

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