Safe Zone

About the Safe Zone Program
The SMU Safe Zone program is sponsored by Samuel Merritt University’s Pride Committee. The mission of the Safe Zone Program is to provide an accepting, supportive, and pro-active environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, and intersexed (LGBTQQI) students, faculty, staff, and their allies.

Safe Zone Trainings
SMU staff members Rachel H. Luna, M.A. and Anglyn Sasser, Psy.D., will be conducting Safe Zone trainings. Training dates and times will be announced here and via email. Email Rachel or Anglyn if you are interested in attending a Safe Zone training.

Program Objectives
The Safe Zone program has four primary objectives:
1.    To identify and train a network of allies who are concerned, empathic, and knowledgeable about LGBTQQI issues.
2.    To provide evidence of the support of LGBTQQI people and their allies within the SMU community by posting a sign as tangible evidence of that support.
3.    To reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination of LGBTQQI people and their allies within the SMU community.
4.    To assist LGBTQQI and allied students in achieving their educational goals by creating an environment in which they can be themselves.

The Samuel Merritt University Pride Committee has collected these resources that may be of special interest to our LGBTQ2IA students, faculty and staff.
Click here to view resource page.

Safe Zone Trainers

Anglyn SasserStaff Psychologist, Student Health & Counseling (SHAC)3100 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 3105, Oakland(510) 869-6511  x2467
Rachel LunaStudent Services Coordinator1720 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300,
San Mateo
(650) 292-5564

Safe Zone Allies

Hai-Thom SotaDirector of the Library400 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland(510) 869-6511 x 3649
Kathryn KimNursing Faculty  
Ciara CoxMaster of OT (MOT) FacultyPeralta Pavilion - 4710(510) 869-6511
x 4327
Kathryn WardAssistant Director of Student ServicesPeralta MOB - 140b(510) 869-1572
Josh CampbellClinical Skills Lab Coordinator/Pride Committee Co-ChairPeralta Pavilion - G726(510) 869-8964
Marc CodeDirector of MSN Nurse AnesthesiaPeralta Pavilion - 3716(510) 869-6821