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Sep 08


When I need inspiration, I turn to the 600 undocumented students attending UC Merced

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Nothing ever inspires me as much as walking around the UC Merced campus and talking to our students. When I’m feeling tired or discouraged, I can...

Sep 07


Congress must do its part

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  Open Forum on Immigration A young girl was brought to this country by parents who sought a better life, who instilled her with their work ethic,...

May 31


Even if Trump abandons Paris Agreement, we won’t stop fighting to save the planet

The scientific community agrees: Climate change is real, it is driven by human actions and it is getting worse. Californians understand this better than...

Apr 02


KSEE 24 Sunday Morning Matters: UC Merced 2020 Project

Growth model leads the way in creativity and innovation. UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland and City of Merced Mayor Mike Murphy appeared on the...

Mar 23


Creativity, collaboration key to addressing medical education


BY DOROTHY LELAND AND ADAM GRAY In 1988, the University of California Board of Regents approved the location of the 10th...

Feb 03


Why Trump should continue DACA

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Much has been said over the past several months about America and what it means to be an American. Here’s what I call an American: a...

Messages to Campus
Nov 08 2017

External Relations

Dear Colleagues and Friends, UC Merced has experienced a number of significant transitions over the past year – from changes in senior leadership to major progress on a variety of campus initiatives. As an example, this past summer I informally...
Oct 23 2017

Homecoming Weekend - Thank You!

  Dear campus community, More than 2,000 people were on campus this past weekend for a truly special series of events presented under a fitting title: Homecoming. Many of our alumni returned to their academic home, prospective students visited...
Oct 11 2017

California Wildfires and How You Can Help

Dear Campus Community, The wildfires burning in Sonoma County and elsewhere are bringing unhealthy air into the Merced community, and we will continue to post air quality alerts and alert the campus community if the situation worsens.  For now,...
Jul 14 2017

Concern for Our Students After Weekend Incident

Dear Campus Community,   Yesterday, approximately one hundred members of the UC Merced community and others joined in a peaceful protest motivated by the recent troubling incident that occurred at the Chandelier Hookah Lounge this past weekend....
Messages to Campus, DACA
Sep 05 2017

DACA and our undocumented students

Dear Campus Community, As you have likely heard, today President Donald Trump is rescinding the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that was enacted in 2012 and has protected 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation...