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Graduate Dean's Advisory Council on Diversity (GDACD)

The Graduate Dean's Advisory Council on Diversity is dedicated to enhancing and strengthening a culture of open inquiry, pluralism, mutual respect, and engagement among — and for — UC Merced graduate students through the work of the council itself and through the active advisement of the Dean.

 

Council Objectives

  • Advise on policies, practices, and initiatives that enhance and promote an environment supportive of diversity and inclusivity in graduate education, consistent with the UC Merced Principles of Community

 

  • Assist with the recruitment and retention of a diverse graduate student population, including planning for and participation in events such as Graduate Visitation Weekend and the Chancellor’s Dialogue on Diversity and Interdisciplinarity

 

  • Provide guidance to encourage community collaborations that support the intellectual and research interests of the university in the area of diversity and inclusion

 

Membership

2018-2019 Council Members

  • Jasmine Clark - Psychological Sciences
  • Mohammad Ebrahimpour - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Jacob Rafati Heravi - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mo Kaze - Quantitative and Systems Biology
  • Amanda Leong - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Heather Stever - Quantitative and Systems Biology
  • Leila Wahab - Environmental Systems

2017-2018 Council Members

  • Lorenzo Booth - Environmental Systems
  • Johannes Brust - Applied Mathematics
  • Rachel Hatano - Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies
  • Kavita Kumar - Mechanical Engineering
  • Maria Ramirez Loyola - Psychological Sciences
  • Daniel Mello - Psychological Sciences
  • Daniel Rios - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Tashelle Wright - Public Health

2016-2017 Council Members

  • Jasmine Armstrong - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Ashley Baker - Psychological Sciences
  • Danielle Bermudez - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Johannes Brust - Applied Mathematics
  • Patricia Cabral - Psychological Sciences
  • Geraldy Eisman - Psychological Sciences
  • Rachel Hatano - Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies
  • James Kupihea - Environmental Systems
  • Jamin Shih - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Tashelle Wright - Public Health

2015-2016 Council Members

  • Arghavan Alamatasz - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jasmine Armstrong - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Violet Barton - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Johannes Brust - Applied Mathematics
  • Patricia Cabral - Psychological Sciences
  • Rachel Hatano - Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies
  • Nicole Madfis - Quantitative and Systems Biology
  • Benigno Merlin - Sociology
  • Sage Perdue - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Jamin Shih - Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Maryam Tabatabaeian - Cognitive and Information Sciences

Email Council members with questions or to suggest agenda items for the next meeting. Alternately, you may email Cassie Gunter at Graduate Division for more information.

Meeting Dates

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 5, 2018