SMU Pride Committee

LGBTQ pride buttons

Welcome to the Samuel Merritt University Pride Committee

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

Current goals of the Committee:

  • Identify and address the needs of the LGBTQ+ community at Samuel Merritt University

  • Increase the LGBTQ+ presence/visibility on each campus

  • Create LGBTQ+ social opportunities and activities

  • Confirm gender equality in the application process

  • Identify scholarship opportunities for the LGBTQ+ population

  • Fundraise for LGBTQ+ Samuel Merritt University scholarship

  • Research healthcare volunteer opportunities within LGBTQ+ community for all students

  • Work with LGBTQ+ community/youth/medical/homeless centers to provide educational outreach

  • Find LGBTQ+ issues addressed in all program curriculums and seek out ways to increase exposure to healthcare issues unique to this community

    The Safe Zone Program

    The mission of the Safe Zone Program is to provide an accepting, supportive, and pro-active environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, intersexed, agender (LGBTQQIAA) students, faculty, staff, and their allies. Safe Zone trainings are offered for free through

    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 LGBTQQIAA issues.

    2.    To provide evidence of the support of LGBTQQIA 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 LGBTQQIA people and their allies within the SMU community.

    4.    To assist LGBTQQIA and allied students in achieving their educational goals by creating an environment in which they can be themselves.




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