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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)

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General Office Information

“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.