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Committees, Councils & Initiatives

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

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability advises the Chancellor on matters pertaining to sustainability goals, policies, and practices at UC Merced. The committee also advocates for programs and initiatives that continuously improve campus sustainability performance.

Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion

This council was created 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.

Police Advisory Board

The Police Advisory Board is an independent body that will make recommendations related to campus issues and concerns, community outreach programs, training, policy development and ways to help support the goals and initiatives of the UC Merced Police Department.

The Police Advisory Board does not serve as a police review or accountability board and does not formally review specific police matters. The board is a representation of the students, faculty and staff of UC Merced, comprised of no more than 16 members. Members are chosen to serve on the advisory board for their commitment to serve the campus community. The Chancellor or Chancellor’s designee will approve the final membership.

A campus-wide townhall to discuss the board's activities in the coming year is planned for Monday, April 9, 2018. Download the event flier here.

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.


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 requires 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.