The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is currently in the forming stages based on feedback from the campus community. The inaugural Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, Dania Matos, conducted structured listening tour sessions and informal drop in hours to inform the infrastructure. Listening and feedback tours will continue during spring semester (see events) for more information.
Information on stigma and resilence from the Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/related-stigma.html
Equity and Inclusion during COVID-19 This guidance document has been prepared by the Council of Chief Diversity Officers at the University of California to assist campus decision makers, faculty, administrators, students and staff on providing supportive positive and inclusive campus climates during the COVID-19 crisis.
Local indigenous people, including the Yokuts and Miwuk who understand the earth as a place for everyone, first inhabited the land where UC Merced is located. When we address diversity on this campus, we do so boldly, daring to look forward and backward, imagining diversity’s demand for the 21st century and the importance of diversity in addressing past wrongs, reaffirming humanity, and ensuring a reconciliatory path of redress for the future. The most prominent path on our campus is called Scholars Lane. By day, you can see, hear and witness the embodiment of our diversity through campus community members making their way across campus framed by the slopes and peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
UC Merced's Principles of Community reflect our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures lifelong learning and growth for all of its members. We encourage every member of the campus community to join us in our collective pursuit of these principles: