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Committees, Departments and Initiatives

Committees and Councils

Advisory Committee on the Status of Women

This committee is dedicated to advising the Chancellor on issues that affect the status of women and promoting gender equity at UC Merced. Its members are charged with:

  • identifying and analyzing issues related to the status of women at UC Merced, including faculty, staff and students;
  • informing and educating the campus community about conditions that impact the status of women within the university; and
  • advising and making recommendations to the Chancellor regarding policies and procedures that will improve conditions for women.

Advisory Committee on Sustainability

This committee was established to promote and ensure environmental stewardship and development that is based on ecological, social and economic principals at the University of California, Merced.

Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion

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.

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Queer Issues (CACQI)

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Queer Issues (CACQI) identifies issues and makes recommendations for the inclusion and advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allies (LGBTQ2IA2) communities at UC Merced. With our continued growth, we will adopt action plans to ensure forward movement in creating a welcoming, affirming, equitable and vibrant learning, working and living environment for all UC Merced community members.


Task Force on Community Engaged Scholarship

This task force was appointed in the spring of 2009 by then-Chancellor Steve Kang with the charge of developing and supporting the capacity for UC Merced faculty to conduct community engaged scholarship (CES). Connecting UC Merced's research with the community is one way the university can bring value to communities and society.


Governmental and Community Relations

Establishes, maintains and strengthens relationships with elected officials, governmental staff, and key community and business stakeholders to advance strategic university goals.

Internal Audit and Advisory Services

Internal Audit's mission is to assist the Regents and University Management in the discharge of their oversight, management and operating responsibilities through independent audits and consultations designed to evaluate and promote the system of internal controls, including effective and efficient operations.

Internal Audit is a Resource to Help You:

  • Perform Audits to Improve Operations
  • Provide Practical, Business-Oriented Advice
  • Conduct Internal Controls Training
  • Participate on System Development or Re-engineering Teams
  • Assist in Interpreting/Implementing Policy
  • Complete Special Reviews and Studies
  • Provide External Audit Assistance


Office of Legal Affairs

The Office of Legal Affairs provides legal advice and assistance on a wide range of matters affecting UC Merced faculty members, researchers, students and staff members, including academic affairs, research, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, student affairs, contracting, business transactions, conflict of interest, information practices, real estate, land use, and labor and employment. The office works collaboratively with campus clients to advance the university’s mission through problem solving, skilled advice, vigorous advocacy and effective, proactive counsel.


Office of Ombuds Services

The Office of Ombuds Services is designed to serve as a safe, alternate channel for confidential, neutral and informal dispute resolution services. Faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral scholars, staff, students and anyone else with a campus-related concern may use the Office of Ombuds Services to discuss workplace issues, interpersonal conflicts, academic concerns, bureaucratic slow-downs and other problems. The Ombuds adheres to the standards of practice as described by the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) as well as the "Best Practices for University of California Ombuds Offices." Our services are always voluntary and reports do not constitute a formal notice to the university. The Campus Ombuds reports directly to the Chancellor for administrative and budgetary purposes only.

University Communications

University Communications fosters public support for and trust in the university and its goals by:

  • Working with the media, issuing press releases and facilitating interviews with faculty, staff and students
  • Researching and writing news stories
  • Publicizing events, programs and updated campus information
  • Managing the campus's main website
  • Assisting campus departments in creating and maintaining their own web presence
  • Creating video content and print marketing collateral for campus departments


Innovation Awards

The Chancellor's Innovation Awards provides well-deserved recognition to teams that come up with transformative ideas that reinforce the value of innovation to the entire campus community. The Chancellor's Innovation Awards coincide with in-depth work related to strategic workforce planning that require novel approaches to campus organizational structures and processes.

Speaker Series

Launched in spring 2016, the Chancellor’s Dialogue on Diversity and Interdisciplinarity brings leading scholars to campus to discuss pressing issues confronting higher education, explicitly linking our core values through a series of conversations and public lectures.

UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative

The UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative grows out of a commitment by President Napolitano and the 10 University of California campus chancellors to work collectively to intensify and expand the efforts of the world’s premier public research university to emit net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025. UC Merced is in pursuit of this goal by 2020.

UC Global Food Initiative

The UC Global Food Initiative grows out of a commitment by President Napolitano and the 10 UC campus chancellors to work collectively to intensify and expand the efforts of the world’s premier public research university to support healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and food security. Click here for more information.