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Office of Social Justice Initiatives & Identity Programs


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)

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Hours of Operations: 9:00am-5:00pm

*Subject to Change*

Pro Staff

Camerina Morales, Director


Connor Scott-Calaway, LGBTQ+ Program Initaitives


Alaika Louize Valera, Interim Coordinator


For more information on the professional staff, click here.



Scholar Coordinator Staff

Office of Social Justice

How to reach us:

  • Hiring Soon!

Asian and Pacific Islander Resource Center

How to reach student staff:,

  • Ericka Mae Palaya, APIRC Scholar Coordinator she/her/hers
  • Rewanshi Kumar, APIRC Scholar Coordinator

Black Scholars Resource Center

How to reach student staff:

  • Aneesa Reynolds, BSRC Scholar Coordinator she/her/hers
  • De'Zhane Brown Churchill, BSRC Scholar Coordinator  she/they
  • Goodnes Emedom, BSRC Scholar Coordinator she/her/hers

LGBTQ+ Pride Center

How to reach student staff:

  • Jasmine Okincha, Pride Center Scholar Coordinator she/they
  • Mica Bradley, Pride Center Scholar Cooridnator they/them/theirs
  • Robin Aujero, Pride Center Scholar Coordinator they/them/theirs

Multicultural Center

How to reach student staff:

  • Arianne Huffman, MCC Scholar Coordinator, she/her/hers
  • Gracie Jaime, MCC Scholar Coordinator, she/her/hers
  • Rut Ortiz, MCC Scholar Coordinator she/her/hers

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.