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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.

2020-2021 CCCI Meeting Schedule:

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.

The 2020-2021 CCCI meeting schedule for the Fall Semester:

  • August 18th
  • September 15th
  • October 20th
  • November 17th
  • December 15th

All meetings occur at 12 – 1:30 PM.

Due to Covid-19, all meetings will occur on Zoom. Therefore, if any campus member wishes to speak during our public comment period, please email us at We request you contact us at least 24 hours before the meeting. We’ll then send you a Zoom Link so you can join our meeting.

Meetings begin with a 15-minute public comment period. Each speaker has three minutes to provide comments. During the public comment period, students, and faculty and staff members can provide feedback or air issues of concern that affect the campus's learning, working and living environments. CCCI does not investigate issues and has no enforcement authority. Comments to the committee will not be responded to immediately, but concerns may be added to future meeting agendas. Please note: CCCI meetings are public and any issues brought before the committee may be considered "notice" to the University. The committee reserves the right to go into executive session.  

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.

For questions about the UC Merced Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion, you may contact Co-Chairs, Hector Cuevas at or (209) 228-2377, or Christopher Ramirez at or (209) 228-3017. 

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

Lupita Carranza, Undergraduate Student

Sandra Cruz-Lezama, Admissions & Academic Services Coordinator

Diane Caton, Business Officer

Hector Cuevas , Co-Chair, Assistant Director, Center for Career & Professional Advancement

Monica Garcia, Graduate Specialist

Larisa Gavrilova. GSA Climate, Diversity, & Equity Officer

Tolgay Kizilelma, Chief Information Security Officer

Maria Ramirez Loyola, Graduate Student Researcher

Daniel Mello, Graduate Student

Cathy Pohan, Interim Co-Director 

Christopher Ramirez , Co-Chair, Non-Senate Faculty

Fanis Tsoulouhas, Faculty

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 further information about the UC Systemwide Campus Climate Survey, please refer to: