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UC Merced Committee Appointments

2020-2021 UC Merced Committees with Graduate Student Representatives

Please Review the Below Committee Opportunities when indicating your preferences here.  Indicate your interest and any related research, experience, or extracurricular interests by September 30th.

Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Queer Issues

(1-2 positions available)

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Queer Issues (CACQI) identifies issues and makes recommendations for the inclusion and advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allies (LGBTQ2IA2) communities at UC Merced. With our continued growth, we will adopt action plans to ensure forward movement in creating a welcoming, affirming, equitable and vibrant learning, working and living environment for all UC Merced community members. Meets once per month.  Learn more at:


Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women

(1 position available)

The committee is dedicated to improving gender equity at UC Merced. The charge of the committee is to identify and analyze issues relating to the status of women at UC Merced, including faculty, staff, post-docs, and students, to inform and educate the campus community about conditions that affect the status of women within the university, and to advise and make recommendations to the Chancellor regarding policies and procedures that would improve conditions for women. Meets once per month.  Learn more at:


Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability

(1 position available)

Promotes environmental stewardship and development that is based on ecological principles at the University of California, Merced. The committee now includes social and economic sustainability, in addition to environmental sustainability in its domain. Meets once per month.  Learn more at:


Early Childhood Education Center Committee

(1 position available)

Makes recommendations regarding the program, services, functions, and other child care issues. This committee will provide technical expertise necessary to address issues regarding the quality, affordability, and accessibility of child care at UC Merced. Meets once per month.


Graduate Orientation Week (GROW) Committee

(1-2 positions available)

Graduate and Research Orientation Week (GROW) is a one week period of activities and programs held at the beginning of each academic year to provide incoming graduate students with an opportunity to take care of important pre-enrollment tasks and to learn about UC Merced and the Merced community. Meets as necessary beginning in Spring semester.


GSA Committee on Research

(3-4 positions available)

This GSA committee works with the Office of Research and the Graduate Division Research Communication. The GSA committee works to provide an open forum for graduate students to voice issues related to research, and to develop a vibrant graduate student research community
through the creation of graduate student oriented research events. The committee aims to promote interdisciplinary research through extramural research symposiums, collect and disperse graduate student achievements, and provide feedback for the planning and effectiveness of UC Merced Research Week in collaboration with the Chair, the Academic Affairs Officer. Meets once per month.


GSA Social Life Committee

(3-4 positions available)

This committee meets once per month to plan and assist with social and volunteer events for graduate students in coordination with the GSA Community Outreach/Public Relations Officer.


Housing and Dining Contract Appeals Committee

(1 position available)

The Housing Contract Appeals Committee is required by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Auxiliary, Fiscal and Innovation to provide an avenue for review of extraordinary student circumstances resulting in a student seeking a release and/or exception to policies and procedures outlined in or related to the Housing and Dining Contract. Meets as needed.  Learn more here.


Library and Scholarly Communications

(1 position available)

Makes recommendations on matters concerning the role of the university library in the acquisition, storage and provision of scholarly materials, as well as other resources for scholarly communication. These matters include, but are not restricted to, the formulation of university library policies, the management of the university library budget, the apportionment of related funds and the allocation of associated space. Meets once per month.  Learn more at:


Student Fee Advisory Committee

(1 position available)

SFAC was created to advise the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs with regard to the allocation of student services’ fees and other campus-based student fees. SFAC has the authority to review fee-supported budgets and programs/services and make
recommendations as to changes and priorities for funding. SFAC meets once per week.  Learn more at:


Student Fee Referenda Committee

(1 position available)

Provide guidance on adherence to Campus and University policies and practices as they relate to student fee referenda. Meets as needed, primarily during Spring Semester.  Learn more at:


Student Health Advisory Committee

(1 position available)

Meets at least once per semester to discuss Student Health Care needs for the campus.


Transportation and Parking Services Committee

(1 position available)

Committee representatives must convey the priorities of graduate students for campus Parking and Transit issues. TAPS balances funding limitations with costs and prioritization of services. Meets once per month.  Learn more at:


UC Merced Research Week Committee

(3+ positions available; at least one per school)

Research Week is a once-a-year campus event that highlights the significant research and scholarship taking place at UC Merced. It is an opportunity for the campus community and the general public to be introduced to the many innovative projects underway at the University. Meets as necessary beginning in late Fall semester.