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About the Office of Student Involvement


Welcome to the Office of Student Involvement at UC Merced

Mission Statement
The Office of Student Involvement is committed to building a sense of belonging and school spirit by helping students explore ways to get involved on campus, develop new leadership skills, and engage in meaningful experiences that will prepare them for the opportunities of tomorrow.
Diversity Statement
The Office of Student Involvement has a strong commitment to student success by acknowledging, advocating, celebrating, and educating all community members. We are professionally and personally committed to  student success by creating a community that supports diverse perspectives, celebrates the rich diversity, and fosters a welcoming, inclusive, and uniting environment. Through human dignity, compassion and understanding, we support the development of leaders who champion inclusion and diversity.


Student Success is a principal goal of the Office of Student Involvement. The office offers numerous co-curricular experiences that lead to positive emotional, intellectual, social, and interpersonal development. By working together with other individuals, students learn to negotiate, communicate, manage conflict, and lead others. The students develop skills through working outside of the classroom with diverse groups of individuals allows for students to gain more self-confidence, autonomy, and appreciation for others' differences and similarities.


Since its opening in 2005, UC Merced Bobcat Spirit & Traditions is invaluable to our campus community. School spirit from the Bobcat Community dates back to its opening when the first class of Bobcats entered the campus and crafted our school song, “My Merced.” More than 14 years later, the words that "give life" to students dreams are still felt on campus in a set of traditions that are uniquely UC Merced.


The Office of Student Involvement's Personal Growth & Transformative Learning (PGTL) is the hub of many student-oriented activities on and off-campus. This pillar is designed to help students reframe their worldview through initiatives and programs that challenge previous perceptions and connect students with new knowledge. In conjunction with the Campus Activities Board, advised by Enrique Guzman, these programs are devoted to providing quality programming for UC Merced students.  

Please contact us at or (209) 228-5433