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2017-18

Thank you

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Dear Faculty and Staff,

Commencement weekend is a highlight of the academic year, and this year we were blessed with two days of great weather, inspiring speakers, talented singers, and a joyous celebration of our wonderful students and their families.

Lessening the Grip of Fear

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Dear Campus Community,

I know many of us have been concerned about possible threats to our campus community caused by a Facebook post by one of our students. The post that created the alarm included a photo of a man who committed a mass shooting, killing six people and wounding eight others, in Isla Vista in May 2014.

Affirming Our Campus Commitment

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Dear Campus Community,
 
UC Merced has always been a place that prides itself on diversity and inclusion, and where people from various backgrounds and with various identities can live, work, study and learn together. This week, now that our first-year students have arrived and as a new semester begins, I want to address events on the national scene that have no doubt affected all of us.
 

Engaging With Students

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Hello UC Merced Bobcats,

I hope your spring semester is off to a good start! One of my favorite hobbies is photography, so I don’t mind our damp foggy mornings and the great atmosphere they create, but spring is right around the corner!

UC Merced Undocumented Immigrants

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Dear Campus Community, 

Last week I traveled with Boe Mendewala to Washington, D.C., to urge members of Congress to pursue a clean Dream Act to protect the nearly 600 undocumented students at UC Merced and thousands more throughout the nation. Boe, an undocumented student from India pursuing her Ph.D. in physics at UC Merced, was a compelling spokesperson, and I have no doubt she made a significant impact on everyone she interacted with during our trip.

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