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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

2019-2020 Council Members

  • Taylor Fugere - Management of Innovation, Sustainabilty & Technology
  • Edgar Perez-Lopez - Mechanical Engineering
  • Maria Ramirez Loyola - Psychological Sciences (GSA: Climate, Diversity & Equity Officer)
  • Maria De Jesus Mora - Sociology
  • Arabi Seshappan - Physics
  • Houa Vang - Sociology
  • Alauna Wheeler - Physics

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.