Tuesday 22 August 2017
|This Office of Campus Climate was created to coordinate and support strategic initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion at UC Merced for all campus constituents. Director De Acker works with others throughout the campus on accountability, infrastructure and resources that support inclusive excellence, where equal opportunity, mutual respect and cross-cultural collaboration are fostered. The office also develops an integrated conflict-management system for faculty, staff and students to voice their concerns, work to resolve issues and contribute to a conflict-competent organization.|
The start of this new school year is an appropriate time to reiterate our firm commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus in which every individual feels welcome, respected and safe. We have all been impacted by the violent tragedies across our nation and around the world over the past several months. We have experienced incidents of hate and intolerance on our own campus and at our sister campuses in the UC System. And, we have witnessed tragedies involving students, faculty and staff at institutions similar to our own. I encourage each of us to engage in respectful and difficult conversations and continue to model the behavior that has created a such a strong campus community here at UC Merced. It is also important to acknowledge our steadfast commitment to academic freedom and free speech which are essential to the pursuit of truth and knowledge. I call upon you all to respond with renewed dedication to our Principles of Community as we all continue to create an environment where everyone thrives.