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Social Justice Programs Co-sponsorship

Registered student clubs and organizations that are looking for additional support to help their programs and events become a reality may be eligible for co-sponsorship with Social Justice Programs if the program or event addresses social justice or promotes cultural understanding.

The Social Justice Programs Co-Sponsorship Form, with additional details can be found here.

For more information, email


The Office of Student Life, Social Justice Initiatives, Recreation & Athletics, Student Activities, and LGBTQ+Initiatives Presents
Hudson Taylor
Tuesday, September 29
Location: Lakireddy Auditorium
Time: 8:30pm Keynote
As an athlete in high school and college, Hudson Taylor often observed the use of homophobic language and demeaning humor, especially in sports. Soon after enrolling at the University of Maryland, he befriended LGBT students in his theatre classes and became increasingly aware of the pain caused by homophobic behavior. Hudson, who is not gay, felt it was imperative he confront the reality sports often marginalize LGBT athletes, coaches and others through systemic homophobia and transphobia. He decided to take action as a straight ally to change athletic culture for the better. To stand in solidarity with the LGBT community, Hudson wore an LGBT equality sticker from the Human Rights Campaign on his wrestling headgear. Though he encountered criticism from his peers, but received positive attention from the media, and received thousands of emails from parents and closeted athletes, expressing thanks and sharing their own experiences of homophobia and transphobia in sports. 
This experience inspired Hudson to launch Athlete Ally.
2015 Family Weekend Presents: Phil Kaye
Raised in a California beach town to a Japanese mother and Jewish-American father, Phil first fell in love with spoken word poetry at age 17. Since then, he has performed in hundreds of venues in over a dozen countries. His work has been viewed online over five million times and featured in media outlets ranging from NPR to Al Jazeera America to He is the co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that uses poetry as tool to promote empowerment, improve literacy, and encourage empathy and creative collaboration in classrooms and communities. Through his work with Project VOICE, Phil has worked hands-on with students of all different ages in over a hundred schools around the world.


Phil is a graduate of Brown University, where he was head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE) and taught weekly poetry workshops in maximum security prisons. He is the two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam (CUPSI) award for “Pushing the Art Forward”, given for outstanding innovation in the art of performance poetry – the only person to receive the award both as a performer and coach. His first book, A Light Bulb Symphony, was published in 2011. When not on the road, Phil lives in New York City and spends his time writing new work, using 90′s slang, and quietly wondering to himself what the dealio is.

UC Merced is celebrated for its racial, ethnic, regional, and socio-economic diversity. What is the reality of this diversity and its impact on UCM? Attend the retreat and you will have an opportunity to hear the experiences of your fellow Bobcats and EXPLORE the impact of those experiences as well as ENGAGE in interactive and thought provoking activities!

2015 Social Justice Retreat

Date: October 23-25, 2015
Time: Friday, October 23rd @Noon -  Sunday, October 25th @ 7pm

Click here to learn more about the Social Justice Retreat and how to apply.


Social Justice Initiatives Past Events