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Remarks and Writings

July 31, 2020
Re: Together, We Will To: Staff July 31, 2020   Dear Colleagues,   Yesterday, many hundreds of staff joined what I have been told is the largest Staff Assembly-led discussion in UC Merced history. I applaud the assembly for organizing this important event, along with so many campus leaders who joined to answer questions... Read More
July 28, 2020
Re: Welcome and Q&A with Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz To: Campus Community July 28, 2020   In the following video, filmed July 28, 2020, Chancellor Muñoz is interviewed by Senior Public Information Officer Michelle Morgante and speaks about his priorities as chancellor and how his family history and his roots in the UC... Read More
July 15, 2020
Re: International Student Education Protected To: All campus July 15, 2020   To the UC Merced Community,   The Department of Homeland Security has fortunately reversed its attempt to revoke the student visas of international students who were not taking in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The... Read More
July 15, 2020
Re: Answering the Call To: All campus July 15, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   We stand on the precipice of history. The words and actions that we commit to today will have a ripple effect that will transform society for future generations. While we have dedicated much of our life’s work to understanding pedagogy... Read More
July 6, 2020
Re: With Excitement, Curiosity and Commitment July 6, 2020   Good morning Campus Community, Supporters and Friends,   I am honored to join this community, and I do so filled with excitement, curiosity and a deep personal commitment to ensuring that UC Merced continues to transform lives, just as the University of... Read More
June 26, 2020
Re: Building the Future To: All students, faculty and staff June 26, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   UC Merced continues to plan for a fall semester that will look different in many ways but will remain true to the University of California's mission of teaching, research and public service.   Like other... Read More
June 23, 2020
Re: Ramping Up to Reopen To: All faculty, staff and students June 23, 2020   Dear Campus Community, As we move forward with plans to return to campus, we all must do our part to ensure the transition emphasizes health and safety as we continue to negotiate our way through the COVID-19 crisis. To that end, we are excited to... Read More
June 19, 2020
Re: Research Relaunch Plan To: Faculty, students and staff June 19, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   Research is a central component of the University of California’s mission. Thus, UC Merced administrators, faculty and staff have been working together on a plan to restart on-campus research as soon as possible.... Read More
June 19, 2020
Interim Chancellor Nathan Brostrom, the nine other University of California chancellors and UC President Janet Napolitano sent this letter to the UC Board of Regents on June 12. Dear Regents: As individuals and leaders of the University of California, the crown jewel of higher education, we stand in solidarity in expressing our strong... Read More
June 18, 2020
Re: DACA Decision To: All students, faculty and staff June 18, 2020 Dear Campus Community, In a time of great challenges for all of us, but particularly those among us with the greatest need and the least access to resources, it is with great hope and gratification that I write today to share news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s... Read More