Student Equity at Merced College

While equality means treating every student the same, equity means making sure every student has support to reach academic, personal, career and social success. The Merced College Student Equity Committee is guided by an equity mindset to help students achieve success. Our definition includes an awareness that many groups in our society, based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic status and other factors, have been historically excluded or marginalized from educational opportunities. Thus, we use qualitative and quantitative data to critically examine the ways in which, how, and when our most underserved students are being impacted, with an end goal of turning data into practical approaches to close achievement gaps.

  • Asian & Pacific Islander Students

    At Merced College, we’re committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus for our Asian and Pacific Islander students. We’ve gathered a range of resources and support to help you thrive, ensuring that every student, regardless of their background, can reach their full potential.

  • Black & African American Students

    Merced College is dedicated to empowering our Black and African American students on their educational journey. We’ve compiled a wealth of resources and support to ensure that every student, no matter their background, can excel and achieve their dreams.

  • Pride Scholars

    Merced College is proud to stand with our LGBTQIA+ students, offering a welcoming and affirming environment. We’ve gathered a rainbow of resources and support to celebrate diversity, ensuring every student can embrace their authentic selves and succeed in their academic endeavors.

  • Native American Students

    Merced College honors and supports our Native American students as they embark on their educational journey. We’ve come together to provide a wide range of resources and support to help every student, regardless of their background, connect with their cultural heritage and thrive in their academic pursuits.

  • Puente Program

    The mission of the Puente Program is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations.

  • Undocumented Students

    Merced College is honored to serve undocumented students (Dreamers) to overcome challenges to access higher education opportunities and provide a safe and caring environment. We’ve gathered a network of resources and support to ensure that every student can pursue their dreams.

Basic Needs

The Basic Needs Center is intended to be a one-stop, single location for students to access basic needs services and resources linking students to on- and off-campus housing, food, mental health, and other basic needs.


The Hub is a central gathering space, students can utilize and enjoy the lounge area, recreational activities, attend workshops, celebrate monthly historical events, and obtain academic counseling services.

Staff/Faculty Equity Funding

This form is for Staff/Faculty to report the fund expenditures and outcomes assessment of outcomes for students served by Student Equity at Merced College.

Student Equity Goals

  • 3%

    Increase Enrollment by

  • 12%

    Increase Course Completion (Transfer Math & English) by

  • 5%

    Increase Persistence (Fall to Spring) by

  • 15%

    Increase Degree Completion (Associates & Certificates) by

About the Student Equity Plan

The Merced College Student Equity Plan is a framework of principles, targeted goals and efforts, activities, and also embodies a commitment to maintaining equitable programs and services. Ensuring access and success for all students is the crux of this plan and is integrated in the College’s mission, policy, and strategic objectives.

Counseling Services at Student Equity Center

Counselors are located at the Student Equity Center who work to help students achieve academic, personal, and social success. A primary function of counseling is to plan and execute a program of study that appropriately reflects the interests, potential, and motivation of students. This function is best accomplished by counselor’s maintaining an open and flexible response to varied student population.


Merced Campus

Student Union Building
Room #120

Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Phone: (209) 384-6067
or [email protected]