This website was created to help facilitate the UC Merced community’s understanding and implementation of the UC Gender Recognition and Lived Name (GRLN) policy that was published systemwide in November 2020 with an implementation target no later than June 30, 2024.
The Gender Recognition Act (California Senate Bill 179) officially went into effect January 1, 2019. The bill streamlines the process for Californians to apply to change their gender markers, and creates a nonbinary gender category (the letter “x,” "n," or "nb") on California birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, identity cards, and gender-change court orders. This law provides an opportunity for our campus to update language and policies to be more inclusive of transgender, intersex, and nonbinary members of the UC Merced community.
UC Gender Recognition and Lived Name (GRLN) Policy
The University of California published the Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy and implementation guidance on November 6, 2020 to ensure all individuals will have university-issued identification documents and displays of personal identification information that recognize their accurate gender identity and lived name. For students, the policy permits the use of lived names on transcripts, diplomas, and dissertation title pages.
UCOP expects all UC locations to completely implement the policy and corresponding procedures by June 30, 2024.
To report noncompliance concerning the usage of a person’s gender identity or lived name, contact De Acker via email or via the webform on this page
To guide our campus through this transition, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Gregg Camfield asked Director of Programs Development, De Acker, to lead a task force to examine current use of gender and lived name in various systems across the campus, and to advise senior leadership on steps to protect legal name and instead use lived first and last names in these systems. This process will include:
- Reviewing campus data systems, report templates, surveys/assessments, physical spaces, and policy language
- Implementing inclusive changes to systems, policies and customer service practices
- Recommending training and resources to ensure appropriate implementation.
The GRLN Committee will post updates to this site as needed to keep the campus community abreast of actions and upcoming changes.
About the Committee
The GRLN Committee meets once a month on the last Thursday of the month and includes the following individuals:
De Acker, Director of Program Development
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel
Avi Badwal, Interim Deputy Chief Information Officer
Michelle Brinkop, Medical Director
Jessica Duffy, Program Manager - Capital Projects
Nick Dugan, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer
Jessica Gardezy, Director of Internal Communication
Tania Gonzalez, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
John Holtz, Financial Systems Support Manager
Eric Kalmin, Director of Records Management and Information Practices
Richard Lee, Director of Data Services
Scott Lepla, Interim Director of Housing Services
Jay Lomeli, Disability and Accommodations Consultant
Gary Lowe, Institutional Research and Reporting Manager
Wendy Puquirre, Equity and Justice Research Analyst
Mubeena Salaam, Financial Systems Support Team Lead
Michelle Snyder, Payroll Director
Liz Soria, Senior Academic Personnel Analyst
Rubi Turner, Talent Acquisition and Employment Manager
Erin Webb, Registrar