Office of People and Culture

At Samuel Merritt University, we consider our employees to be our most valuable asset.

SMU strives to provide employees with a safe working environment, open communications, competitive pay and benefits, and a professional environment. In addition, the University strives to provide a work environment that is vibrant, collegial, and that embraces creativity, innovation, and scholarly inquiry. (The Office of People and Culture includes what was formerly Human Resources and Office of Diversity and Inclusion).

Benefits of Working at SMU

Health, Dental, Vision Care

SMU, through Sutter Health, offers a broad range of employee benefits including health, vision, and dental care; sick leave, vacation and holiday leave, retirement programs, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, voluntary tax-deferred annuities, educational leaves, sabbatical leaves, tuition reimbursement, tuition remission on SMU courses, disability insurance, and more.

SMU offers Sutter Select EPO and PPO health insurance plans, Delta Dental coverage, and VSP vision coverage.

Healthcare Flexible Spending Account

A Health Equity/WageWorks® Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a pre-tax benefit account used to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses that aren’t covered by your insurance plan or elsewhere. It’s a smart, simple way to save money while keeping you and your family healthy and protected.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

A Health Equity/WageWorks® Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) is a pre-tax benefit account used to pay for dependent care services, such as preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or elder daycare. A Health Equity/WageWorks Dependent Care FSA is a smart, simple way to save money while taking care of your loved ones so that you can continue to work

Life Insurance

As a means of financial protection, basic life insurance is provided for employees. Insurance may be purchased to benefit-eligible employees in order to supplement additional basic life insurance coverage. Employees that purchase supplemental life insurance may also purchase coverage for dependents.

Metlife Volunteer Plans

You have the opportunity to enhance your current benefits package by purchasing voluntary insurance products at reduced group rates. These voluntary benefits include critical illness, MetLife legal plans, auto and home insurance, and pet insurance.

You Are Welcome Here

SMU does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, familial status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law—including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any resolution process within the University or within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. Nondiscrimination is consistent with the principles and practice of the University and is in compliance with Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of The Education Amendments of 1972, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Visit SMU Connect for Employee Forms & Sutter Health Employee Resources

Electronic Injury/Illness Reporting Process For Employees/Clinical Students/Work Study Students

If you have sustained an injury/illness and are in any way directly affiliated with Samuel Merritt University please follow the steps outlined here:

  • IMMEDIATELY report it to the Instructor, Manager, Supervisor, or Professor. This must be done the SAME DAY of the occurrence.
  • IMMEDIATELY complete the Injury Report on Sutter's MyInjuryConnection Intranet site if you are able to gain access to the Sutter Network.

    *This must be done on campus from an employee work computer. When prompted to sign in, use your Sutter credentials.

    Username: sutter-chs\{username}
    Password: {sutter password}

  • If you are remote and without Sutter access your supervisor/instructor can submit the Injury Report on Sutter's MyInjuryConnection for you if they have access. If neither of these options work, you must IMMEDIATELY contact either Lisa Tullis or Erick Wilkinson.
    • Lisa Tullis, Sutter Health Workers Compensation Coordinator
      916.597.6691 | Direct
      855.771.0326 | Fax
    • Erick Wilkinson, Safety Officer Alta Bates Summit
      510.869.8724 | Office
      510.869.6146 | Fax
      510.725.1403 | Cell
  • IMMEDIATELY contact Employee Health
    • Employee Health Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
    • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Employee Health/Occupational Medicine 
      3232 Elm Street, Suite “A” Oakland, CA 94609
      Phone: 510.869.8920, Fax: 510.869.6814
    • Eden Medical Center Employee Health/Occupational Medicine
      20130 Lake Chabot Rd, Ste 201
      Castro Valley, CA 94546
      Phone: 510.727.3058, Fax: 510.727.3397
    • Sutter Delta Medical Center Employee Health/Occupational Medicine
      3903 Lone Tree Way, Ste 310
      Antioch, CA 94509
      Phone: 925.779.2970, Fax: 925.779.2975
  • If outside employee health hours and medical attention is required, go to the Emergency Department.
  • If in a facility without a nearby Occupational Medicine Office and treatment is requested, please contact Lisa Tullis for a referral to alternate treatment facilities.
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Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Diversity is a core strategy deeply embedded in the University's ongoing work. ODEI strives to foster a sense of belonging for all campus members, develops culturally competent leaders who reflect community demographics, and works to reduce healthcare disparities in vulnerable communities.

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Eva Hilliard

Executive Director of the Office of People and Culture