The purpose of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, within the Office of Student Life, is to affirm the unique lives, identities and intersectionalities of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Intersex, Pansexual, Omnisexual, same gender loving people and ally students, and faculty and staff members. We encourage a supportive and inclusive environment by providing education, outreach and advocacy opportunities that assist our LGBTQ+ and ally students and faculty and staff members to achieve personal and academic excellence.
Office: KL 184
Lambda Alliance is a safe space for queer and trans individuals to be themselves and utilize it as needed. As a registered club and organization, we celebrate the intersectionality of queer and trans identity. In doing so, we advocate against oppressions to build towards queer and trans liberation. We also provide the tools for straight and cisgender allies to advocate alongside the queer and trans community. We strengthen community partly by hosting social events and promoting learning opportunities. We recognize that individuals are at different moments in coming out to themselves and hope to support them in their journey.
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Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Queer Issues, CACQI
LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCI), works to identify institutional, structural, and cultural initiatives that advances the UC Merced campus climate for the LGBTQ2IA2 and expanding community. The advisory committee advocates on campus on behalf of the LGBTQ2IA2 community for participation, success, and visibility across multiple dimensions of inequality including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, ability, veteran, marital and familial status. The Committee will operate under a shared governance model, intentionally including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, senate and non-senate faculty and staff members.
Social Justice Initiatives
With a focus on social justice, personal and community development, cultural awareness and advocacy, Social Justice Programs seeks to cultivate and develop an inclusive environment where students are aware of local, national and global issues and are equipped and prepared to thrive in a diverse global society.
Office: KL 184
Office of Campus Climate
The Office of Campus Climate was created to coordinate and support strategic initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion at UC Merced for all campus constituents. Director De Acker works with others throughout the campus on accountability, infrastructure and resources that support inclusive excellence, where equal opportunity, mutual respect and cross-cultural collaboration are fostered. The office also develops an integrated conflict-management system for faculty, staff and students to voice their concerns, work to resolve issues and contribute to a conflict-competent organization.
Office: KL 107
The CARE Office
The CARE Office (formerly called the Violence Prevention Program) provides response to and education about gender-based violence, including sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. The CARE Office serves all individuals affiliated with UC Merced including students, staff, and faculty members.
Email: Program Director: email@example.com
Phone: Program Director Yessenia Curiel: 209-233-1746
Campus Advocate Valara Villanueva: 209-386-2051
Program Coordinator Taylor Fugere: 209-228-4147 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office: KL 107
Student Health Services
The mission of the Student Health Services is to help each student strive for maximum physical and emotional health while pursuing their academic and personal goals at UC Merced. Student Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality primary health care, in combination with health education and wellness promotion through caring, accessible and affordable services.
Office: Recreation and Wellness Building, Second Floor
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services exists to support each student’s academic pursuit by providing professional services that care for the emotional, personal and social wellbeing of students.
Office: Recreation and Wellness Building, First Floor
Cat Cops (UC Merced Police Department)
The UC Merced Police Department serves the UC Merced community and associated university property 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department is a full-service agency.
· Police Services
· Emergency Management
Our police officers, public safety dispatchers, community service officers, student volunteers, support staff and managers provide innovative and caring professional service to the community.Services include but are not limited to notifying first responders to reports violence on campus, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) training for students faculty and staff, and Safety Escorts.
Phone: 209-CAT-COPS (228-2677)
The mission of Disability Services (DS) is to promote equal educational access and full participation by and for students with disabilities in the rich academic and campus life environment at UC Merced. DS staff are available to answer questions and provide useful information to facilitate equal academic access to students with disabilities.
Office: SSB 230
Gay Central Valley
We exist to contribute to and enrich the cultural life and expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, their families, friends, and supporters through awareness and education of the diversity and history of the LGBT community in California’s Central Valley.
Address: 1067 N Fulton Ave, Fresno, CA
Services offered: Birth control services, emergency contraception, HIV testing, HPV and hepatitis vaccines, patient education, breast and cervical cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, options and services, STD testing and treatment, and women’s health services
Address: 3166 Collins Drive, Merced
Valley Crisis Center of Merced County
Services offered: Domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, intervention and recovery services, 24-hour crisis hotline, 24-hour crisis response, advocacy and support, emergency shelter services, individual and group counseling services
Address: 1960 P Street, Merced
Office phone: 209-725-7900; 24-hour crisis line: 209-722-4357
The Trevor Project: If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused, or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 for immediate help. View website