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Land Acknowledgement

Local indigenous people, including the Yokuts and Miwuk who understand the earth as a place for everyone, first inhabited the land where UC Merced is located. When we address diversity on this campus, we do so boldly, daring to look forward and backward, imagining diversity’s demand for the 21st century and the importance of diversity in addressing past wrongs, reaffirming humanity, and ensuring a reconciliatory path of redress for the future. The most prominent path on our campus is called Scholars Lane. By day, you can see, hear and witness the embodiment of our diversity through campus community members making their way across campus framed by the slopes and peaks of the Sierra Nevada. (UC Merced Diversity Statement)

For more information, contact socialjustice@ucmerced.edu.

Hours of Operations: 8-5pm

Pro Staff

Onar Primitivo, Director - He/Him/His

Lorene Fisher, Program Coordinator - She/Her/Hers

Angi Baxter, Program Coordinator - She/Her/Hers

For more information on the professional staff, click here.

 

 

Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Scholar Coordinator Staff

  • Alo Parra - THEM/THEM/THEIRS
    • Best way to contact: pridecenter@ucmerced.edu
    • Best times to contact: Tuesdays - 11:00am-1:00pm | Thursdays 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Danielle Gaspar - She/Her/Hers
    • Best way to contact: dgaspar@ucmerced.edu
    • Best times to contact: Mondays & Wednesdays  11:30am-2:30pm
  • Gisselle Reyes - She/Her/Hers
    • Best way to contact: greyes34@ucmerced.edu
    • Best times to contact: Thursdays 8:30am -10:00am and 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Jarschire Dennis - He/Him/His
  • Leilani Garcia - She/Her/Hers
  • Robert Garcia - He/Him/His
    • Best way to contact: lgbtq@ucmerced.edu
    • Best times to contact: Monday from 2:30pm-5:00PM | Friday 10:00am-11:30am and 2:30pm-5:00PM
  • Thea Sarino - She/Her/Hers
    • Best way to contact: tsarino@ucmerced.edu 
    • Best times to contact: Tuesdays 11:00am - 1:30pm | Wednesdays 2:00pm - 2:30pm |  Thursdays 10:00am - 12:30pm

For more information on the scholar coordinators, please click here.

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Our Vision

The Office of SJIIP charge is for every UC Merced scholar to thrive in our multicultural global society.

Our Mission

The Office of SJIIP aims to enhance the retention of our historically-underserved scholars and to foster an inclusive campus environment for all by providing opportunities for holistic development, intersectional community building, and student agency.

 

Our Commitment

In our commitment to serving UC Merced’s diverse scholar community, we seek to influence university policies and practices to position our campus as a hub for transformative leadership and social change.


“In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction,"

Audre Lorde told Claudia Tate in Black Women Writers at Work.


 

The Office of Social Justice Initiatives & Identity Programs encourages everyone to continue physical distancing while engaging with others. If you need any information on COVID-19, please check out UC Merceds COVID-19 Updates Page.