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New Chief Diversity Officer Announced

Samuel Merritt University is delighted to announce that Shirley Strong, M.Ed., B.A. has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer. Ms. Strong has spearheaded initiatives in the fields of education, philanthropy, and social action for more than 30 years. She has been the dean of students and director of diversity at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) since 2006.


Create An "Inheritance Plan" To Improve Your Life With Your Good Fortune

Over the years, I've seen lots of people regret what they did with their inheritance. Do not have regrets!
Step 1: Identify all of your wants.
Step 2: Rank (prioritize) your wants.
Step 3: Invest (or spend) your inheritance according to your priorities.

Students Memorialize Anatomy Donors

SMU students held the first Anatomy Donor Memorial at the university, on a bright spring day in the green space of the Oakland campus. The ceremony, attended by 50 students and faculty, allowed students to reflect on the generosity of those who willed their bodies to science, to offer gratitude.

Aara Amidi-Nouri   Ana Mejia   Students with the administrative assistant to the warden

Fellow Selected For Highly Competitive National Nurse Fellowship

Aara Amidi-Nouri PhD, RN, 1996 SMU BSN and 2001 MSN in Case Management graduate and current chair of the BSN Program, director of diversity, and associate professor has been named one of just 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014.


SMU Student Helps Diversify Nurse Anesthetist Field

Ana Mejia, a nurse anesthetist student at SMU, has made bridging the diversity gap between provider and patient part of her mission. In March 2014, she was honored as the Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist of-the-month as part of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program.  


Prison Visits Inspire Nursing Students To Work With Inmates

In May 2014, a cohort of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students from the SMU's San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center in San Mateo toured three facilities to observe the variety of ways nurses interact with incarcerated clients facing mental health issues.

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