SMU Pride Committee

LGBTQ pride buttons

Welcome to the Samuel Merritt University Pride Committee!

Congratulations to the Pride Committee, which was honored with the 2014 Dr. Cornelius Hopper Diversity Excellence Award! Read more here.

The purpose of the Pride Committee is to identify and address issues pertaining to LGBTQ2IA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Ally) students, staff and faculty at Samuel Merritt University. Allies are especially welcomed and encouraged to join!

The Committee is structured as a 3-tired group consisting of three co-chairs, a core/steering committee, and a general/volunteer committee.

Current goals of the Committee:

  • Identify and address the needs of the LGBTQ(2)IA community at Samuel Merritt University
  • Increase the LGBTQ2IA presence/visibility on each campus
  • Create LGBTQ2IA social opportunities and activities
  • Confirm gender equality in the application process
  • Identify scholarship opportunities for the LGBTQ2IA population
  • Fundraise for LGBTQ2IA Samuel Merritt University scholarship
  • Research healthcare volunteer opportunities within LGBTQ2IA community for all students
  • Work with LGBTQ2IA community/youth/medical/homeless centers to provide educational outreach
  • Find LGBTQ2IA issues addressed in all program curriculums and seek out ways to increase exposure to healthcare issues unique to this community
Download the 2015 Brochure!

Pride Committee Co-Chairs

Ciara Cox - Faculty: Occupational Therapy 
Kathryn Ward - Assistant Director of Student Serivces 
Josh Campbell -Skills Lab Coordinator 
Rachel Luna - SFPLC Student Services Coordinator  


To contact the Pride Committee, email

Committee Members
Irma Walker-Adame – Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs CSPM
Thom Tran – Library Technician
Jose Vera - Academic Records Coordinator

The Pride Committee has collected information and links to scholarships for the LGBTQ2IA community.
Click here for more information.

Click here to view resources the Pride Committee has gathered, pertaining to the LGBTQ2IA community.


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