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Dean of Students


The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students at the University of California, Merced is a unit under the Division of Student Affairs that holistically promotes student development and advocates for student success through intentional programs and initiatives, collaborative partnerships, and policy/procedural development that enhance campus climate and facilitates the successful navigation of campus life. Utilizing a social justice orientation rooted in community cultural wealth, criticalness, collaboration, accountability, and care, the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students is a central space for students, parents, staff, and faculty to receive assistance with navigating the complexity of student life. The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students supports the University’s mission and values while placing students first in all endeavors.

Core Functions of the Office:

  • Navigation: Connect stakeholders to appropriate campus and community resources while promoting a safe, equitable, diverse, healthy, and inclusive campus community.

  • Student Success:  Work collaboratively to serve, support, and empower students and other members of the UC Merced community to support student success through intentional and holistic programs and initiatives. Address barriers that may impact student success.

  • Advocacy:  Serve as advocate to students and their support networks in times of personal, academic, or community crisis. Provide support services and manages critical incidents and challenges impacting students and the campus community.

  • Students of Concern: Offer wide-ranging support to all students in times of challenge/crises or when faced with academic or socio-emotional concerns.  

Divisional Priorities:

  • Increased Access and Retention: Intentional efforts to increase student access, persistence, engagement, and success.
  • Building a Community of Scholars: Developing comprehensive strategies to sustain high touch practices
  • Innovation and Integrative Education: University-wide collaboration to reach and engage all levels of students


The following staff make up the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students. Please feel free to reach out to staff and your inquiry will be addressed.

Jonathan Grady, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students (AVC/DOS)
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Susan Pierce

Administrative Assistant
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Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Student Intern and Student Advisory Board Co-Chair

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