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We are honored to have a fantastic committee who span across campus and provide multiple perspectives. Our diverse team provides the opportunity to have deep, meaningful conversations about creating a welcoming and affirming environment. It also assists with developing robust ways of addressing campus climate issues. We have undergraduate, graduate students, faculty and staff. We are honored and privileged to have the unique individuals on our committee!


 Angi Baxter, Co-Chair

(She, Her, Hers)

Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Initiatives in the Office of Student Life

Campus Affiliations: Chancellor's Advisoty Committee on Queer Issues (CACQI) Co-Chair, Queer Ally Program Lead, Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW) member, Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCI) member, Bias Incident ResponSe Team (BIRST) founding member, Transgender Resource Committee co-founder

Angi is currently the Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Initiatives in the Office of Student Life at UC Merced. She also has the privilege of serving on the Queer Ally Program, Chancellor's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion (CCCI) and the Chancellor's Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW). She also served as the President of the Merced LGBTQ Alliance from Nov 2016-Dec 2017. Prior to her current position, she was a social change agent who held a number of leadership and advocacy positions including co-founding the LGBT Advocacy Team and P.E.A.C.E (Pluralist Encouragement in A Community of Excellence) OSU; was the ASUCM Director of the Queer Affairs Task Force and Graduate Student Affairs; served on the SOL: LGBTQQIA People of Color Network and Pride Center advisory boards, and participated in grassroots organizing through Basic Rights Oregon as a member of Brat: Basics Rights Action Team. Further, she was a member of OSU Team Liberation, an organization that focuses on facilitating diversity development workshops and was a mentor in the Cross-Cultural Mentorship Program. She facilitated the development of the next generation of LGBTQ+ advocates as a member of OSU Queer Leaders and Pride Panels. Additionally, she was a member of the OSU Women's Center, Women's Affairs Task Force and Multicultural Affairs Task for in ASOSU, and assisted with mentoring future feminists in her work in the Women's Studies Program at OSU. She has also received multiple awards for her dedication to advancing the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, including receiving the OSU Pride Building Community Award twice, the Marilyn Gorski Award, the Pride Foundation Community Scholarship, and the Patricia Van Kirk Scholarship from the Pride Foundation. She also received the E.E. Cummings Diversity Achievement Award for her work in advancing gender and racial equity at Oregon State University. A quote that best describes her passion in life:

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" ~Mahatma Gandhi


 Ariell Wright


Undergraduate Student -  Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Major

Campus Affiliations: LGBTQ+ Initiatives Intern & Lambda Alliance Vice President

Ariell is the second-term Vice President of Lambda Alliance at UC Merced, the only LGBTQ+ student led organization on campus. Graduating class of 2020, Ariell is a Critical Race and Ethnic Studies major with a minor in Political Science. They hope to work with non profits geared towards helping the queer and trans* community after graduating. Their passions are advocacy, education, and outreach and feel grateful to have the opportunities they have been provided on campus to serve their community. 


Codi Hutchings


Applications Programmer - Information Technology

Codi Hutchings is a Programmer Analyist for UC Merced. She earned her M.S. in Computer Science from California Luthern University. Sha had the honor of helping start the Trans Resource Committee. Also, she serves as a Queer Ally Program facilitator.



 Danielle Bermudez


Graduate Student -  Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Humanities

Campus Affiliations: Queer Action Committee Member

Danielle Bermudez is a graduate student in Interdisciplinary Humanities. She earned her B.A. in Feminist Studies, with a minor in Global Peace, from UC Santa Barbara. Her doctoral research focuses on Nahuat women's memories of state violence in El Salvador, and how indigenous epistemologies of healing and resistance reimagine meanings of justice and dignity. Currently, Danielle is an officer in the Queer Action Committee at UC Merced.


 De Acker

(She, Her, Hers)

Director of Campus Climate - Office of Campus Climate

Deidre (De) Acker has been a UC employee for more than 28 years, working first at UC Santa Barbara for more than 17 years and then moving to UC Merced in 2007. "I've been a staff member on two different campuses, worked in three divisions and experienced and seen a wide variety of issues. I'm very interested in creating and supporting inclusive environments for our increasingly diverse UC population."

De is currently the Director of Campus Climate in the Office of Campus Climate at UC Merced. She was appointed to that role in August, 2015. She was previously the Campus Ombuds and prior to that served as the assistant dean for the School of Natural Sciences.  She helped to start the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Queer Issues (CACQI), served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW), chaired and co-chaired the Council on Climate and Inclusion (CCCI) and as Past-President of Staff Assembly and as the Staff Advisor to the Regents from 2014-2016.  She also serves as a Queer Ally and diversity awareness trainer.

Acker held a variety of positions at UC Santa Barbara, including director of the UCSB Women’s Center for 12 years. She was one of the founding members of the campus' mediation program, served as co-president of the Professional Women’s Association, co-chair of the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women and managed the final stages of the creation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender student resource center.

Acker is an alum of UC Santa Barbara.


Taylor Fugere

Program Coordinator, Womxn's Programs Coordinator


Wei-Chun Chin

Associate Professor - School of Engineering