Co-curricular and Educationally Purposeful Activities

Students enroll at Samuel Merritt university not only for the quality of the program in their chosen discipline, but also because of the university’s mission, values, and its commitment to meeting the health needs of our communities through equitable and just health practices. At SMU, students have the opportunity to deepen the learning that occurs within the disciplines of the academic programs through co-curricular activities, where students come together with faculty and staff to learn from one another on all of the campuses and in the surrounding communities. Core values of trust, respect, and integrity drive this co-curricular work as the university promotes inclusion and social justice in active partnership with students, faculty, staff, and community.

Alignment of Co-curricular Programming with SMU's ILOs

Selected Presentations and Training Sessions - 2018, 2019, 2020

ILO 2: Ethics, Professionalism, Compassion

ILO 4: : Structural and Social Determinants of Health

ILO 6: Leadership

ILO 8: Self-Care

HEALS Training and Implicit Bias Training





Transgender Healthcare





Community Reads Program





Strategies to address health disparities; Healthcare ethics and health disparities, Dr. P. C. Jones, “Cliff of Good Health”





Community-based health and wellness





TeamSTEPPS training for collaborative practice





Lyena Strellkoff “For the Better: Spinal Cord Injury and Its Power to Heal”





MBSR and Stress management training





Multicultural Wellness Walks, Wellness Corps





Hypertension Sunday, Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, Martin de Porres Hospitality House, Oakland Chinatown StreetFest





Day of Wellness, On-campus health and exercise activities, Wellness Symposium for Healthcare Professionals





Participation in Co-curricular Programming

Source: Co-curricular program participation via SMU Pulse

Students particpating in at least one co-curricular activity



1772 (65%)


Evaluation of SMU's Co-curricular Programming Experiences

Source: Co-curricular programming evaluation via SMU Pulse

 (% of students indicating “yes”)




Co-curricular programming met expected ILOs




Co-curricular programming contributed to my success as a student




Co-curricular programming contributed to my development as a professional