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At Our best: Embodying the Principle of Commuity


Dear Campus Community,

Over the past few weeks with the evolving COVID-19 situation, our community has faced something many of us have never experienced before.We appreciate the efforts of those on the front lines, both on our campus andaround the world.

During these uncertain times, we are all being asked to do more, take on more and be there for each other more. I have witnessed the care and connection that happens when we show up for each other, and it is that deep sense of community that runs throughout and keeps us going.

UC Merced’s power lies in our commitment to a culture that is founded on unity and respect and a community that affirms the inherent dignity and value of every person. This is embodied in our Principles of Community and enacted in our lives and our work every day.

In global health emergencies, fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma, which has no room in our community and no part in uncovering the solutions to our challenges. While the CDC has provided much guidance, they have also included resources to reducing stigma, which can also be found on our Emergency Preparedness page .

We actively denounce and discourage xenophobia, bigotry and racism andactively reinforce treating all in our community with respect. If you are being harassed or discriminated against, or if you are a bystander who has witnessed such a situation, please report the incident here.

Amidst all the cancellations and post ponements, I wanted to continue to hold a space for you to feel connected. So I will be holding my monthly drop-in hours via Zoom — you can RSVP here and come as you are. This is a space for informal dialogue about anything you would like to discuss. My office isdeeply thinking about how we can continue to build belonging through this landscape, so please stay tuned.


We are at our best when we are there for each other and prioritizing community and humanity beyond our routines. I truly believe in our best.

With you,

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