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Merced Division

Diversity and Equity (D&E)


The Committee for Diversity and Equity (D&E) acts for the Division in all matters of equality and diversity in general and in particular in reference to underrepresented faculty populations. This includes initiating studies and reports on campus diversity and equity, and evaluating institutional policies and procedures as they relate to equity and diversity. D&E maintains liaison with the University Committee on Affirmative Action, Diversity and Equity (UCAADE).
For a complete description of D&E’s duties please see the committee’s bylaws.

AY 20-21 Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes

2020-2021 Membership

Ex-Officio (non-voting):

Corresponding System Committee:

Annual Reports

Faculty Equity Advisors

In AY 15-16, the Academic Senate appointed Faculty Equity Advisors (FEAs), who will work with search committees to ensure they follow recognized best practices to help develop a diverse applicant pool.  One FEA per school was appointed, as well as one FEA to handle cluster hire searches arising from the Strategic Academic Focusing Initiative.  The FEAs will serve as advisors to the search, helping with the search plan and evaluation criteria; they will also provide advice on resources that might be shared with candidates at the time of interviews.   In other words, they support search committees to ensure we have diverse candidate pools, which will in turn lead to a more diverse faculty.   We have modeled our program on those in operation on other UC campuses.

FEAs are appointed by the Senate Committee for Diversity and Equity, the school deans, and the Vice Provost for the Faculty, and undergo training to help them support their colleagues in this important task.  

AY 20-21 FEAs:

Professor Clarissa Nobile, SNS

Professor Nestor Oviedo, SNS

Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam, SSHA

Professor Victor Muñoz, SOE


Former Faculty Equity Advisors


Fatima Paul

Executive Director

Phone: 209-756-6965


Naoko Kada

Senior Analyst

Phone: 209-200-9728