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Staff Assembly External Advisory Council

The Staff Assembly Board seeks to ensure that funding provided through the generous MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett Gift Award are utilized for transformative programming that closely align with the campus’ Strategic Plan. The formation and purpose of the Staff Assembly External Advisory Council (SAEAC) is to provide advice and council on suggested programs presented to and from Staff Assembly to ensure efficient usage of funds pursuant to the gift agreement and inclusive of all staff. Members of the external advisory council represent different areas across the campus, bringing expertise in their field and experience in their role as a staff at UC Merced.

SAEAC is a non-voting organization affiliated with UC Merced Staff Assembly. All recommendations will be considered as part of any vote by Staff Assembly Board Members. This advisory council would meet quarterly with the staff assembly executive board to provide feedback on program proposals, with informal feedback requested more frequently via email or other communication.

This advisory council is intended to be established for the duration of the gift, and individuals on this advisory role would serve March 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025. In the event of a resignation on the committee, an appropriate appointment or nomination will be conducted to fill the position.

The composition will have 1 representative from each of the following areas:

  • Human Resources
  • Division of Equity, Justice, and Inclusive Excellence
  • Division of Finance and Administration
  • Former Staff Assembly Board Member
  • Staff Supervisor/Manager
  • Non-Represented Staff at large
  • Represented Staff at large

The duties of the SAEAC are as follows:

  • Represent UC Merced staff through feedback and sharing comments, questions or concerns received as it relates to programs and initiatives regarding use of the Makenzie Scott and Dan Jewett Gift fund
  • Provide advice and council on planned usage of the gift funds related programs, activities, and resources
  • May serve as the review and selection committee for scholarship and reimbursement programs associated with Staff Assembly.
  • Meet quarterly, virtually or in person, with Staff Assembly leadership to discuss opportunities, goals, and objectives as it relates to UC Merced’s Strategic Plan
    • Goal 1: Engage Our World and Region Through Discovery and the Advancement of Knowledge
    • Goal 2: Develop Future Scholars and Leaders
    • Goal 3: Cultivate a Culture of Dignity and Respect for All




Human Resource Representative

   Leticia Aldama

   Senior Compensation Analyst

   Human Resources


Division of Equity, Justice, and Inclusive Excellence Representative

   Hala Alnagar

   Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Coordinator

   Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Non-Represented Staff at Large Representative

   Tessa Easley

   Chief Administrative Officer

   Division of Undergraduate Education


Former Staff Assembly Board Member Representative

   April Graves

   Executive Assistant to the Provost/EVC

   Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost


Represented Staff at Large Representative

   Heidi Green

   Department Specialist

   School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts


Division of Finance and Administration Representative

   Bianca Khanona 

   Assistant Vice Chancellor

   Financial Planning and Analysis


Staff Supervisor/Manager Representative

   Erin Webb 

   University Registrar

   Office of the Registrar