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Diversity Statement

DRAFT 9/2018

University of California, Merced

Diversity Statement

Local indigenous people first inhabited the land beneath UC Merced, including the Yokuts and Miwuk people, who understand the earth as a place for everyone. 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 Scholar’s Lane. By day, you can see, hear and witness the embodiment of our diversity as members of our campus community across race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities / disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more walking to class and work framed by the slopes and peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

At UC Merced we recognize, respect, and appreciate the vast and varying experiences and views of the differing individuals and groups in our community. We steadfastly uphold the concepts expressed in the University of California Diversity Statement, including, the definition of diversity as “the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities / disabilities, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more.”

UC Merced is uniquely situated in an area of great diversity in race, language, heritage, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, national origin, ideas and expression and serves a large population of first generation college students. We work together to ensure all our students, faculty and staff reflect the multiplicity of identities in our region and take pride in the broad representation of background on our campus as an Hispanic (HSI), Minority (MSI) and Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander (AANAPI) serving institution.

We affirm that a diverse campus furthers our mission to create, disseminate, and interpret knowledge and values. The manifold diversity of our community encourages each of us to reflect on intellectual and cultural orthodoxies, and thus stimulates the creativity at the heart of our academic mission as a research university.

In demonstrating our commitment to diversity within our campus community, we foster the ability to thrive and lead in a complex world.