Resources and Partners

Academic Personnel Office Diversity

The mission of the Academic Personnel Office (APO) is to support UC Merced's success by facilitating the recruitment, appointment, advancement and retention of the most qualified and diverse faculty members, instructors and research personnel. APO is responsible for the provision of guidance, training, analysis and interpretation of university and campus academic personnel policies and procedures, implementing appropriate safeguards and ensuring adherence to affirmative action principles and other university, state and federal regulations.

Academic Senate Diversity and Equity

The membership and authority of the Academic Senate is established by The Standing Orders of the Regents, which defines a system of shared governance between the Academic Senate and the administration in the management and operation of the University of California.

CARE Office

UC Merced is committed to creating a space free from the threat of violence. Violence and the fear of violence interfere with the university community.
 
The CARE Office (formerly called the Violence Prevention Program) provides response to and education about gender-based violence, including sexual violence, domestic/dating violence and stalking. The CARE Office serves all individuals affiliated with UC Merced including students, staff and faculty members.
 

Disability Accommodations

Disability Services at UC Merced exists to ensure the institution has a mechanism for students, staff and faculty members to provide equal access to education for students living with disabilities. UC Merced Accommodation Management Services provides services to all employees in need of reasonable accommodations for health conditions or religious belief in order to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

Faculty Welfare, Diversity and Academic Freedom (FWDAF)

Reviews and considers in a timely fashion matters concerned with the welfare of the faculty including, but not limited to, salaries, benefits, insurance, retirement, housing and conditions of employment. The committee advises the faculty on proposed changes or improvements.

Graduate Division Diversity and Inclusion

UC Merced is dedicated to actively recruiting and retaining a graduate student body that brings together individuals from various backgrounds and life experiences. Diversity among students, faculty and staff is critical to the educational and research enterprises of our university, which rely on a wide range of perspectives to nurture innovation and creativity.  Diversity promotes intellectual and social communities that support and enrich all members of the campus. We welcome everyone who aspires to contribute to higher education and the advancement of knowledge.

Lactation Accommodation

The university is committed to promoting a family-friendly work environment by providing programs and services to help employees achieve success at work and in their personal lives. To that effect, employees and management are encouraged to be accepting of nursing mothers, and departments will provide locations and reasonable amounts of time to accommodate lactation needs pursuant to state laws.

LGBTQ+ Initiatives

LGBTQ+ Initiatives, within the Office of Student Life, affirms the unique lives and identities of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirit, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, pansexual, omnisexual, same-gender-loving people and allied students, faculty and staff. We encourage a supportive environment by providing education, outreach, programming, program support, consultation, community development, visibility, training, mentoring and advocacy opportunities that assist our LGBTQ+ and allied students, faculty and staff to achieve personal and academic excellence. Further, we encourage intercultural communication, constructive interaction and mutual understanding to improve the overall campus climate.

Office of Campus Culture and Compliance

The Office of Campus Culture and Compliance provides direction, guidance and resources to assist the campus in creating and maintaining a positive and healthy learning, working and living environment.

The office is committed to enhancing the campus climate, encouraging inclusion, fostering respect and promoting community while fulfilling UC Merced’s mission of research, teaching and service in an ethical and compliant manner.

Social Justice Initiatives

With a focus on social justice, personal and community development, cultural awareness and advocacy, Social Justice Programs seeks to cultivate and develop an inclusive environment where students are aware of local, national and global issues and are equipped and prepared to thrive in a diverse global society.


Veteran Services

Veteran Services is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment for veterans, reservists and their dependents. We provide assistance in obtaining the educational benefits to which they are entitled. Veteran Services is responsible for submitting entitlement requests for new and continuing students to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, answering questions from veteran students or dependents concerning educational benefits, and providing resources and programs to assist veterans in navigating their transitions to civilian and student life.

Women's Programs

Women's Programs, within the Office of Student Life, provides opportunities for the UC Merced community to learn, grow and reinforce the leadership and well-being of women. Through a continuous examination of power, privilege and the intersections of identity, Women’s Programs establishes a network of support and advocates for the positive educational and co-curricular experiences for all members of the UC Merced community while maintaining a specific focus on gender and women.

Services for Undocumented Students and Special Populations

Services for Undocumented Students and Special Populations is committed to empowering undocumented students to achieve their academic and personal pursuits and actively contribute to the world, while supporting a safe and inclusive campus culture that fosters and nurtures intellectual, societal and experiential growth. 

Services for Undocumented Students and Special Populations provides individualized service for each student focused on academic assistance, financial aid resources, legal assistance, and utilization of a collaborative campus and community referral network, and advocates for campus practices that treat all undocumented students with respect and dignity.