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Help Us Celebrate 150 Years of Womxn in the UC

Dear Campus Community,

The UC Regents passed a memorial resolution on Oct. 3, 1870, “that youngladies be admitted into the university on equal terms in all respects withyoung men.” A UC Berkeley committee has been working to coordinate ayearlong celebration of 150th anniversary of that resolution, and we have beeninvited to join in.

One of the central aspects of this celebration is a UC-wide history projectdesigned to examine the history of womxn and diversity on the all the UCcampuses and to disseminate this history widely as part of a permanentarchive. The project will feature the contributions and lives of notable students,alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the UC campuses.

I would like to invite you to submit names (photos and short bios are welcome,too) of notable womxn associated with UC Merced, which will be consideredfor inclusion on the 150W website.

For example:

  • womxn who have made a profound different at UC Merced;
  • institutional “firsts” (e.g. first womxn Ph.D., first tenured womxn, firstwomxn dean, etc.); or
  • names of womxn (alumni or past/current employees) who have significant national or international accomplishments.

We know it is not possible to submit the names of all womxn associated withour campus, and thus I encourage you to select a representative subset which illustrates the wide range of womxn who have been a part of UC Merced.

Please send the above information to diversity@ucmerced.eduby 5 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 25, for review by members of the 150W steering committee at Berkeley.


Thank you for helping us ensure our celebration is inclusive.


Dania Matos
Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers