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Personal Growth & Transformative Learning

Personal Growth & Transformative Learning

The Office of Student Involvement's Personal Growth & Transformative Learning (PGTL) is the hub of many student-oriented activities on and off-campus. In conjunction with the Campus Activities Board, advised by Enrique Guzman, these programs are devoted to providing quality programming for UC Merced students. Additionally, other student organizations and departments, such as Housing and Residence Life, provide further student involvement opportunities.

There are several ways to find out what is going on around campus:

  • Check your UC Merced email regularly and read campus-affiliated newsletters;
  • Check the online events calendar;
  • Check this Web page often;
  • Follow @ucmercedosi on Facebook and Instagram; and
  • Listen to word-of-mouth.


Here are some upcoming activities for this semester. Check back to this page for dates and more information as it becomes available:

  • Welcome Back Festivities (Aug. 22- October 1)
  • 6th Annual Treats-N-Beats Carnival (October)
  • CABsterical (November)

Social Events
Whether through the Campus Activities Board (CAB) or another of our nearly 200 clubs and on-campus sponsors, students can always find an opportunity to get involved at UC Merced. Regularly scheduled events include the Soul’d Out Poetry Jam, the Cabsterical comedy series, featuring nationally renowned comics, and Movie Night, which features the newest movies. Throughout the year, we sponsor talent shows, diversity celebrations, history performances, dance parties, political forums, and debates. 

Student organizations, CAB, and other offices within Student Affairs sponsor trips to places like San Francisco, Six Flags, the Gallo Center, Modesto Nuts baseball games, and various local sporting events.  

Cultural Events
The Office of Student Involvement, in conjunction with Student Affairs, sponsors a variety of events that explore cultures throughout the world. Past performances have brought Salsa, Jazz, Latin and Caribbean music.

The Office of Student Involvement, in conjunction with Student Activities and Events, collaborates with other departments on campus to brings world-renowned researchers and popular speakers to campus. Past lectures have included an environmentalist, anthropologist, author, political commentator, and television personalities.

Special Events
Various special events take place throughout the year. Senior Week programs and Family Weekend are all run through the Office of Student Involvement.