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LGBTQ+ Initiatives



The affirmation of our LGBTQ+ and Ally community is the foundation for creating a socially just and inclusive environment at UC Merced and in society as a whole. We believe that through the education the LGBTQ+ and Ally students receive, both inside and outside of the classroom, they will succeed in their academic endeavors and go on to thrive in their personal and professional lives.


The vision of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, within the Office of Student Life, is to affirm the LGBTQ+ and Ally community at UC Merced through education, outreach and advocacy.


The purpose of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, within the Office of Student Life, is to affirm the unique lives, identities and intersectionalities of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Intersex, Pansexual, Omnisexual, same gender loving people and ally students, faculty and staff. We encourage a supportive and inclusive environment by providing education, outreach, and advocacy opportunities that assist our LGBTQ+ and ally students, faculty and staff to achieve personal and academic excellence.


We are dedicated to

Integrity the professional accountability to and respect for individuals and groups whom we encounter.

Awareness creating opportunities for self-awareness and broad societal awareness in a safe environment.

Community creating and fostering healthy, inclusive community growth through developing partnerships and the sharing of time, space and resources.

Advocacythe pursuit of change to advance the respect, dignity and human rights for all individuals.

Social Justice utilizing a social justice framework to guide all our efforts, honoring intersectional identities and inclusive collaborations to create community.

Leadership the preparation and development of our future leaders.

Celebrationcelebrating the joys, successes and complexities of all individuals.


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