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Join Us Oct. 30 for "Building Excellence"

Dear Campus Community,

As you may know, my office is hosting “2020 & Beyond: Building & Thinking Forward,” a series of structured listening sessions that will inform UC Merced’s efforts to develop strategic priorities that will guide our work in equity, diversity and inclusion.

Please join the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Room 104 at The Pavilion for the second of three sessions scheduled this fall. The theme of the October session is “Building Excellence.”

Faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni and friends of UC Merced are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. Please RSVP online .

Feedback gathered during all listening sessions will provide data points that will guide the campus’s equity, diversity and inclusion priorities. A playback session will be held during the spring to ensure your voices, opinions and insights are fully captured and to incorporate anything we may have missed.

I hope you join me in bringing our community together for this important dialogue. Those who are unable to attend in person or prefer to share their thoughts and experiences anonymously can submit feedback via an online feedback form . If you missed last month’s “Building Belonging” session, we missed you! But, you can watch the recap and answer the survey questions . In an effort to build a transparent process, please visit our online hub for more information. If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion .

Looking ahead, save the date for our third and final session of the semester, “Building Together,” on Thursday, Nov. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the California Room. You can also follow us on Twitter @UCMDiversity and use the hashtag #UCMercedForward to add your voice to the conversation.

Please know that I am grateful for the gift of your voices and perspectives in this conversation. You are seen, you are heard, and you matter.

Until soon,

Dania Matos
Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers