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Remarks and Writings

June 18, 2020
Re: Fiat Lux To: All students, faculty and staff June 18, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   On Saturday I had the great pleasure and privilege of giving our chancellor-designate, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, and his wife, Dr. Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz, a tour of campus, particularly of our newest Merced 2020... Read More
June 18, 2020
Re: Juneteenth Reflection To: All students, faculty and staff June 18, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   Juneteenth — the 19th day of June — holds great historical significance for the Black community, and indeed for all of the United States. Also known as Freedom Day and Jubilee Day,... Read More
June 12, 2020
Re: Fall COVID-19 Campus Operations Plan, for Student Housing & Residency To: All students, faculty and staff June 12, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   Fall 2020 presents us with the opportunity to explore new frontiers in higher education that we have never traversed before, while building from our strengths.... Read More
June 9, 2020
Re: #ShutDownAcademia Day of Reflection To: All students, faculty and staff June 9, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   UC Merced is an academic institution, but it is foremost a community, and our primary duty is to one another.   Many faculty, staff and others have heard the call not to conduct business as... Read More
June 5, 2020
Re: We Must Do Better To: All students, faculty and staff June 5, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   “Hate evil and love good and establish justice” is a simple yet powerful call from one of the most powerful works of literature. It should be a set of universal values, but so often we fall far short of these... Read More
June 1, 2020
Re: In Solidarity To: All students, faculty and staff June 1, 2020   Dear Campus Community,   We feel both outrage and grief over the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. These are unconscionable acts of violence. Their deaths, and subsequent nationwide protests... Read More
May 20, 2020
Re: A Message from Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz To: Campus and community May 20, 2020   Dear Campus Community and Friends,   I am writing to express my excitement and gratitude at being named the fourth chancellor of the University of California, Merced. I have been privileged to serve since 2017 as president... Read More
October 30, 2019
  I am proud and honored to report: the state of UC Merced is excellent. Ladies and gentlemen, members of the board of trustees and members of our community, friends of the University of California Merced, students, faculty and staff — I would like to begin on a personal note as I mark three months as your interim Chancellor... Read More
October 24, 2019
The Merced 2020 Project represents UC Merced’s next chapter and it will provide access for students from every walk of life. ------- It’s a pleasure to be with you today. I have only been in my position as Chancellor of the University of California Merced, the UC’s youngest campus for three months. However, I am... Read More
September 27, 2019
  At a time when national higher education is beset by admissions scandals, political winds and declining public confidence, there is a young but mighty institution in California’s Central Valley that is demonstrating everything that is right about higher education.   Read Interim Chancellor Brostrom's Merced Star-Op... Read More

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