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Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCI)

Welcome to the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCI) at UC Merced

This council was created in order to:

  • provide ongoing evaluation of campus climate conditions, practices and policies;
  • suggest measures that will support the goals of inclusion and community, especially including measures reflecting promising practices from elsewhere in UC and the nation;
  • coordinate its analyses, recommendations and other work with related work of any entities created by faculty, staff, students, or neighboring communities; and
  • fulfill other campus-specific responsibilities identified by the Chancellor.

Meeting Schedule, 2016:

Campus community members: if you have comments, concerns or ideas regarding UC Merced’s campus climate, the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCI) wants to hear them.

2016 - 2017  CCCI meetings:
Friday, November 18  1pm - 2:30 pm  Location:  KL 362
Thursday, October 20  9am - 10:30 am  Location:  KL 159
Friday, September 30  2pm - 3:00 pm  Location :  KL 362

Meetings will begin with a "public comment" period for 15 minutes. Each speaker will have three minutes to provide their comments. During that time, faculty, staff and students can provide feedback or air issues of concern that affect the learning, working and living environments at UC Merced. CCCI does not investigate issues, nor do they have any enforcement authority.  Comments to the committee will not be immediately responded to, but the issues maybe added to future meeting agendas.  CCCI meetings are PUBLIC meetings and any issues brought before the committee may be considered "notice" to the University.  The committee reserves the right to go into Executive Session.  

“We want campus community members to have a voice and to know that we are listening to their concerns which helps us to stay aware of the current climate,” said Deidre “De” Acker, director of campus climate and chair of CCCI.

The advisory council's charge is to:

  • Cultivate an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff and student contributions can be highly regarded:
  • Champion innovative approaches to addressing concerns that result in action and foster a climate that unites faculty, staff and students in shaping an inclusive learning, working and living environment;
  • Encourage a process where everyone is recognized for their service to the campus community; Honor the diversity of the campus community and ensure that distinct voices and viewpoints are heard and woven into the fabric of our rich institution, and
  • Advise campus leaders and the campus community in developing and promoting data- and research-driven best practices to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Send questions regarding the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion to Acker or call 209-228-2598.

UC Merced Principles of Community

The UC Merced Principles of Community were developed by the Chancellor's Advisory Council for Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion in collaboration with the campus community. These principles were issued on March 25, 2014. 

Members of the Chancellor's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion

Mariana Abuan
Non-Senate Faculty
Deidre "De" Acker, Chair
Director of Campus Climate
Violet Barten
Graduate Student
Angi Baxter
Women's Program and LGBT Coordinator
Gregg Camfield
Vice Provost for the Faculty
Wei-Chun Chin
Associate Professor in the School of Engineering
Fuji Collins
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Health & Wellness
Callale Concon
University Ombuds
Le'Trice Curl
Director of Student Life & Judicial Affairs
Andre Frise
Undergraduate Student
Annette Garcia
Assistant Dean for Faculty Support, School of Natural Sciences
Angel Jobita
Undergraduate Student
Holly Mayo
Director of Disability Services
Onar Primitivo
Coordinator for Social Justice Initiatives
Christopher Ramirez - Chair
Lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program
Autumn Tjalsma Salazar
Director of Research Accounting Services

Background on the UC Systemwide Campus Climate Survey

In recognition of the importance of gauging campus climate in order to create more inclusive and welcoming environments, in 2010, then University of California President Mark G. Yudof formed a President’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion charged with monitoring campus progress and metrics, and examining campus practice and policy. Each of the chancellors created similar councils on the ten campuses and, in May 2010, the Regents created the Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Climate.

In 2012, the UC Office of the President commissioned a systemwide campus climate study across the ten UC campuses and three UC Locations (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and UC Office of the President). Working with Rankin & Associates Consulting (R&A), the University created a survey that all members of the 13 locations were invited to complete. More than 104,000 people responded, providing information about their identity and demographics, the climate they personally experience, their perceptions of level of respect, their perceptions of the value of various institutional actions and policies, and their intentions as to graduating from UC or continuing to work at UC.

This study is one part of UC’s ongoing efforts to foster a healthy and inclusive environment for all members of the University community. Each UC location will engage deeply with data from the study in order to develop new actions or initiatives, or enhance existing efforts, that will improve the working, living, and learning environments at the University of California.



For questions about the UC Merced Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion, you may contact Associate Chancellor Luanna Putney, Chair of the CCCI Council, at (209) 228-4417 or
For further information about the UC Systemwide Campus Climate Survey, please refer to: