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SJI&IP Initiatives

Listed here is a catalog of our Initiatives aimed at helping our underepresented students to thrive within the UC Merced campus climate. These programs and approaches were created with the goal of educating the bobcat populace about the importance of understanding, supporting, valueing, and sharing the richness of the different cultures each student brings with them to the university. 

QAP - Queer Ally Program

The Queer Ally Program is a campuswide program designed to visibly identify students, staff and faculty members who support the LGBTQ+ population, understand some of the issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals, and are aware of the various LGBTQ resources. The Queer Ally Program currently consists of two available workshops, the Queer Ally Workshop and our newest curriculum, the Gender Expansive Workshop. Both of these workshops are three and a half hour workshops which provide an introductory foundation of knowledge needed to be an effective in supporting the LGBTQ+ community and those questioning their sexual orientation/gender identity. Campus-wide workshops are offered multiple times every semester, but workshops can also be arranged for other groups if requested. To learn more about each of the workshops, please click here.