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 https://www.campuspride.org/safespace/onlinesafespace/ .
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.