Consistent with UC Merced’s Principles of Community, we seek to cultivate a campus climate that affirms the dignity and value of members of the UC Merced community and that is rooted in mutual respect and compassion. One way to examine our progress toward this goal is by consistently and strategically administering campus climate/experience surveys to understand the experience of learning and working at UC Merced. To that end, the Campus Experience Survey Workgroup has been charged with developing and implementing a strategic plan for collecting campus climate/experience survey data from the UC Merced campus community.
In collaboration with Student Affairs, the Division of Equity, Justice and Inclusive Excellence supports the cultural graduation celebrations that honor the accomplishment of scholars and their community.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday in November that welcomes the souls of loved ones for a reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. The Division of Equity, Justice and Inclusive Excellence and the Chancellors' Office sponsors a Dia de los Muertos exhibit in La Galleria featuring community and student artists.
The Inclusive Excellence Institute will be a year-long, cohort-driven professional development experience centered around the tenets of equity, justice, and inclusive excellence. Drawing from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s Strategic Framework, the institute seeks to develop equity-minded practitioners amongst our staff and faculty who can than disseminate the knowledge they gain to their respective units and ensure that we provide an inclusive environment for our entire campus community to thrive. This institute will serve as the groundwork for the next phase of our campus professional development offerings to build upon, by providing each cohort with the foundation to establish and grow their own equity and justice lens.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month in November, EJIE co-sponsors the annual 5k run. Indigenous tribes of California have strong traditions of distance running for communication and competition purposes. In honor of this tradition, local tribes and greater Merced community are invited to celebrate and run beneath the "Beginnings" sculpture, along the Scholars Bridge, and past the Toloma Grove Native acknowledgement and reflection area.