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Remarks and Writings

March 6, 2024
  To the campus community,   UC Merced has become a destination of choice.   When Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory began its national rollout of a study on mitigating climate change by capturing carbon dioxide, titled Roads to Removal, our campus was the first stop. A conference of scientists, government... Read More
February 1, 2024
  To the campus community:   In February the nation formally recognizes Black History Month, during which we look both backward — at the historic and often overlooked contributions of the African-American community to our country — and forward, to better days yet to come.   UC Merced’s rise owes a... Read More
January 16, 2024
    To the UC Merced community,   Welcome back to UC Merced. The year 2024 promises exciting new opportunities for continued growth, including some significant news for our campus. We welcome new campus leadership, including Chief Campus Counsel Cesar Alvarado-Gil, interim Dean of the School of Social Sciences,... Read More
January 15, 2024
  To the Campus Community:   As we reflect on the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, we find prescient his thoughts on the purpose of education.   In 1947, Rev. King authored an article for the student newspaper at Morehouse College in which he asserted that education should seek to... Read More
October 20, 2023
Rising Together: UC MERCED CHANCELLOR JUAN SÁNCHEZ MUÑOZ ON LIFTING THROUGH EDUCATION (Part One and Two) Join Dr. Lisa Andrews as she speaks with Chancellor Muñoz about the mentors who believed in his potential, the struggles that tested his resolve, and the vision that drives his leadership. Learn how he advances access, diversity, and... Read More
October 11, 2023
Re: Recent Acts of Violence To: All campus To the UC Merced campus, UC Merced is built on principles of respect and community. The test of principles is that we uphold them not just in easy times, but also in difficult ones. The violent clash of peoples around the world is terrifying and heartbreaking to those with family and friends... Read More
October 9, 2023
  Dear Campus Community, Today, Oct. 9, we mark Indigenous Peoples' Day —recognizing the role of native people in the long history of California, including the land where UC Merced now stands. In 2021 we dedicated our Toloma Grove monument, which continues to be a center of reflection and remembrance on... Read More
September 18, 2023
Re: UC Merced Ascends to New Heights To: All campus To the campus community, For years we have affirmed that UC Merced doesn’t do what it does for rankings; rather, we passionately pursue our mission of research excellence, service and student success, and others take notice. They have taken notice in a huge way this year... Read More
September 13, 2023
Re: The Promise of a New Academic Year To: Faculty and staff To the campus community, We have embarked upon another academic year with hope, success, and the promise of transformation and innovation. Our student enrollment remains the highest in UC Merced history — a history now reaching, by one metric, its 20th year:... Read More
August 23, 2023
Re: Welcome to the Fall Semester To: All campus Dear campus community, Welcome to an exciting new academic year at UC Merced, one in which our momentum and reputation will continue to increase and our light to shine more brightly for more students and their families. We begin the semester today with the largest first-year... Read More