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Mar 16


Chronicle of Higher Education

The Power of Engaging the Other

  When I assumed my first college presidency, a friend gave me a toy magic wand. Over time, I have recognized the prescience of her gift. Academic...

Feb 16


Enough is enough, Dreamers must be protected

Los Angeles Daily News

As chancellor of the University of Merced, which enrolls the highest percentage of undocumented students of any campus within the UC system, I am deeply...

Feb 12


More than 250 University Presidents Urge Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Dreamers

Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi, Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer: Now that there is a federal budget plan in place that addresses some of...

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

Disponible en Español

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

Disponible en Español

  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

Disponible en Español

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 2018

Thank you

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...
Mar 14 2018

An Update Regarding the Senior Leadership Team

Dear Campus Community, As you are well aware, UC Merced has been engaged in a three-year effort to strategically align its future workforce needs with its financial capabilities. Through a rigorous planning process, the campus is identifying...
Mar 07 2018

A More Civil Discourse

Dear Campus Community, Yesterday, a group of our students were tabling on Scholars Lane, with signs that promoted messages that were clearly intended to create an unwelcome environment for our nearly 600 undocumented students. The incident disturbed...
Mar 06 2018

Looking Ahead to 2030

Dear Campus Community, It is hard to believe, but in just six months the first buildings of UC Merced’s unprecedented, international award-winning campus expansion will open. When the project is entirely complete in Fall 2020, it will provide...
Feb 06 2018

Engaging With Students

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! Like...
Jan 25 2018

Update from the Board of Regents meeting

Dear Campus Community,   Yesterday I spoke to the regents about the need for increased funding for our young campus and how we would use a proposed in-state undergraduate tuition increase — or, as is our preference, a state buyout of...
Jan 16 2018

Reflecting on Academic Freedom, Free Speech and Hate Speech

Dear Campus Community, I want to extend a warm welcome back after what I hope was a restful, refreshing break spent with family and friends. As I reflect on a year that was full of changes, challenges and some great successes, and look ahead to a new...
Nov 27 2017

Tax Reform and How You Can Help

Dear Campus Community,   Like many of you, I have been closely monitoring House and Senate action on tax reform efforts in Washington. It has been a high-priority concern of the higher education community since the bill was introduced earlier this...
Nov 20 2017

Thankful - For You

Dear Faculty and Staff, As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and a well-earned break, I want to express how much I appreciate the truly inspirational dedication you have shown to the growth and success of this university and its students. We are a...
Nov 08 2017

External Relations

Dear Colleagues and Friends, UC Merced has experienced a number of significant transitions over the past year – from changes in senior leadership to major progress on a variety of campus initiatives. As an example, this past summer I informally...
Oct 23 2017

Homecoming Weekend - Thank You!

  Dear campus community, More than 2,000 people were on campus this past weekend for a truly special series of events presented under a fitting title: Homecoming. Many of our alumni returned to their academic home, prospective students visited...
Oct 11 2017

California Wildfires and How You Can Help

Dear Campus Community, The wildfires burning in Sonoma County and elsewhere are bringing unhealthy air into the Merced community, and we will continue to post air quality alerts and alert the campus community if the situation worsens.  For now,...
Sep 14 2017

Reaffirming Our Principles of Community

Dear Campus Community, UC Merced is guided by our “ Principles of Community ” and the UC Board of Regents’ “ Principles Against Intolerance ,” which express the ideals that we strive to live up to. In this time of...
Aug 28 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 Academic Year

Dear Students, Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year! It has been a busy start, with 2,200 new students joining the Bobcat family. Our student body is diverse in beliefs, values, and identities but bonded through curiosity, diligence, and a desire to...
Aug 21 2017

Affirming Our Campus Commitment

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...
Jul 14 2017

Concern for Our Students After Weekend Incident

Dear Campus Community,   Yesterday, approximately one hundred members of the UC Merced community and others joined in a peaceful protest motivated by the recent troubling incident that occurred at the Chandelier Hookah Lounge this past weekend....
Messages to Campus, Campus Communique
May 09 2018

Interim Provost Appointment

Dear Campus Community, Several weeks ago, I asked for your nominations for the position of Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, as Tom Peterson prepares to step down at the end of this academic year and return to the faculty after a well-...
May 01 2018

Lessening the Grip of Fear

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,...
Campus Communique
Jan 22 2018

UC Merced Undocumented Immigrants

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....
Messages to Campus, DACA
Sep 05 2017

DACA and our undocumented students

Dear Campus Community, As you have likely heard, today President Donald Trump is rescinding the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that was enacted in 2012 and has protected 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation...