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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.

Applications Now Open for 2018-2019

Additional Information: gdacd_application_2018_2019-2.pdf



  • 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
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.
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