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On-campus Resources

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
This committee is charged with identifying issues of concern to female faculty, students and staff at UC Merced, and to advise the chancellor on potential responses to those concerns. The committee analyzes policies, procedures and programs that affect such issues and recommends changes necessary to afford women fair and equal access to programs, activities and opportunities. The overarching goal is to seek ways to ensure the best possible campus climate for all faculty, students and staff.
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Student Health Services
The mission of the Student Health Services is to help each student strive for maximum physical and emotional health while pursuing their academic and personal goals at UC Merced. Student Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality primary health care, in combination with health education and wellness promotion through caring, accessible and affordable services.
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Phone: 209-228-2273 

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services exists to support each student’s academic pursuit by providing professional services that care for the emotional, personal and social wellbeing of students.
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Phone: 209-228-4266 

Cat Cops (UC Merced Police Department)

Services offered: Violence Prevention Program and Campus Advocate, notify first responders to reports violence on campus, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) training for students faculty and staff, and Safety Escorts
Phone: 209-CAT-COPS (228-2677)

The CARE Office

The CARE Office (formerly called the Violence Prevention Program) provides response to and education about gender-based violence, including sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. The CARE Office serves all individuals affiliated with UC Merced including students, staff, and faculty members.
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Email: Program Director:
Phone: Program Director Yessenia Curiel: 209-233-1746, Campus Advocate Valara Villanueva: 209-386-2051 or Program Coordinator Taylor Fugere: 209-228-4147 (

Lactation Accommodations

The campus is committed to promoting a family-friendly work environment by providing programs and services to help employees achieve success at work and in their personal lives. To that effect, employees and administrators are encouraged to be accepting of nursing mothers, and departments will provide a location and a reasonable amount of time to accommodate their lactation needs pursuant to state laws.
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Phone: Human Resources Representative Tina Machado: 209-228-2348

Disability Services

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Phone: 209-228-6996

Local Reproductive/Sexual Health Resources

Planned Parenthood

Services offered: Birth control services, emergency contraception, HIV testing, HPV and hepatitis vaccines, patient education, breast and cervical cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, options and services, STD testing and treatment, and women’s health services
Address: 3166 Collins Drive, Merced
Phone: 209-724-7220

Valley Crisis Center of Merced County
Services offered: Domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, intervention and recovery services, 24-hour crisis hotline, 24-hour crisis response, advocacy and support, emergency shelter services, individual and group counseling services
Address: 1960 P Street, Merced
Office phone: 209-725-7900; 24-hour crisis line: 209-722-4357

Free Statewide Phone Numbers and Resource Websites

California Women’s Law Center: 
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Women’s e-News: