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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.

  • Explore student experiences related to diversity and inclusion at UC Merced
  • Review and recommend funding for graduate student initiatives that enhance and promote diversity and inclusion based on our Principles of Community
  • Support and participate in initiatives to increase the diversity of applicants to UC Merced’s graduate programs
  • Identify and recommend necessary changes to improve and support a diverse and inclusive graduate student population
  • Recommend model programs or activities and support Graduate Division and Campus Wide implementation
  • Enhance community collaborations that support the intellectual and research interests of the university in the area of diversity and inclusion
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 Mayra Chavez-Franco at Graduate Division for more information.
Next Meetings:

2017/2018 meeting schedule coming soon!