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Dec 12


Press Release: University Leaders Launch Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2017 Contact Press Release: University Leaders Launch Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration WASHINGTON,...

Nov 29


Tax bill is a nonstarter for higher ed


  The tax reform proposal making its way through Congress seems to ignore what most Americans now recognize as fact – higher education is both...

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
May 15 2017

Thank you from Chancellor Leland

Dear Colleagues,   What a great weekend for our campus, graduating students, and their families. Commencement is one of my favorite times of year, but it’s also one of the most challenging events our campus puts together. This year...
Jan 17 2017

Welcome to Spring Semester 2017

Dear Campus Community,   Welcome to 2017, and a new spring semester!   As you know, UC Merced is truly a special place. Our talented students represent the very best of California, and many are the first in their family to attend...
Jan 05 2017

A New Year Greeting from Chancellor Dorothy Leland

2016 was a busy year filled with milestones and accomplishments for our young campus. It’s with great hope that we look ahead to an even brighter future in the coming year.
Dec 01 2016

Our Workforce Planning Initiative

Dear Colleagues,   UC Merced is an incredible campus for a myriad of reasons. Our students reflect the best of California, and the dedication represented by our faculty and staff is unmatched.  I also recognize that our people and their...
Nov 09 2016

Yesterday's Presidential Election

Dear Campus Community, Our campus, our state, our nation and the world are processing the result of Tuesday’s presidential election. Our students, many of whom are the children of immigrants and rightfully take pride in being the first in their...
Sep 06 2016

Merced 2020 Project

Dear Colleagues, As the 2020 Project moves forward, I want to share some additional detail on its implementation. This, by design, will be a very different type of design and construction process than we have used in the past.  It is fast-...
Mar 29 2017

Central Valley Women’s Forum Keynote Remarks

Chancellor Dorothy Leland “Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education in California”  Leadership California: Central Valley Women’s Forum  Fresno Pacific University Campus Building Fresno, California March...
Aug 17 2016

Faculty Convocation Remarks

Good afternoon, and welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year. I know that many of you spent the summer working on research and writing projects, but I hope you also found time to relax and enjoy some non-work related activities.  UC Merced is 11...
Jul 21 2016

2020 Project Approved by UC Board of Regents

Dear members of the UC Merced community, I am writing to share some wonderful news about the 2020 Project. This ambitious proposal will expand campus facilities dramatically over the next four years to accommodate future enrollment growth. At this...
Messages to Campus, DACA
Feb 08 2017

Our Commitment to UC Merced DREAMers

Dear Campus Community, The support of so many members of our campus community for the plight of students who have been—or may be—affected by changes in immigration policy is truly heartening. We are a campus that values our diversity and...
Jan 30 2017

Message from Chancellor Leland Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order

Dear Campus Community,   By now you are likely aware of the recent executive order restricting entry into the United States for individuals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. While the situation remains fluid and much is...