Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.07
Liaison Breeana Sylvas
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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University of California, Merced
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The 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. A new website for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be released in early 2016.

The Office of Student Life provides training's for students in social justice, women and LGBTQ+ issues and initiatives found at http://studentlife.ucmerced.edu/

The Graduate Division has a newly created Graduate Dean's Advisory Council on Diversity (GDACD) that is dedicated to enhancing and strengthening a culture of open inquiry, pluralism, mutual respect, and engagement among and for — UC Merced graduate students through the work of the council itself and through the active advisement of the Dean.

Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCI) at UC Merced was created to provide ongoing evaluation of campus climate conditions, practices and policies; suggest measures that will support the goals of inclusion and community, especially including measures reflecting promising practices from elsewhere in UC and the nation; coordinate its analyses, recommendations and other work with related work of any entities created by faculty, staff, students, or neighboring communities; and fulfill other campus-specific responsibilities identified by the Chancellor.

The Academic Senate Committee on Diversity and Equity participates in the Systemwide University Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity. It initiates studies and reports on campus, reviews revisions to institutional policies and procedures as they relate to D&E, and reviews information on D&E and advises the Division and the administration accordingly.

The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:
Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

The UC Merced Human Resources department offers training to all employees. Titles of workshops offered include: Cultural Diversity, Diversity Application Strategies, Generational Diversity, and Legal Foundations of Diversity. They also offer a Diversity Certificate Program.

The Office of Student Life provides training's for students in social justice, women and LGBTQ+ issues and initiatives found at http://studentlife.ucmerced.edu/. Additionally, Angi Baxter is the Coordinator for Women's Programs and LGBTQ+ Initiatives.

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:

Additional URL websites that can be referenced for diversity and equity include:


A new website for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be released in early 2016.

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