The Face of Student Leadership

Samuel Merritt University - Care. Learn. Transform.


Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Physical Therapy students Xiomara Rayo and AJ Pluss hosted two days of action in support of the Water Protectors and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. They organized the campus event as a stand against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, police violence towards peaceful protesters, and the destruction of sacred Native American treaty land. In total, community members sent 140 postcards and made 88 phone calls to the White House and other entities. This is one example of the many proactive, leadership roles that SMU students embark on through their own initiative.

Samuel Merritt University - Care. Learn. Transform.

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