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Office of Leadership, Service and Career
 

About Us

Mission

Career development is a life-long process of exploration and decision-making. We, at the Center for Career & Professional Advancement (CCPA) at the University of California, Merced empower students and alumni to reach their full potential by offering services in career development, experiential education, employment and graduate school.

To successfully accomplish this mission, the CCPA continuously fosters partnerships with employers, staff, administration and the greater community.
 

Our Approach

The Center for Career & Professional Advancement serves a different role than other campus resources. Rather than focus solely on students’ time as undergraduates, we are here to prepare students for life after college. Our philosophy centers around helping students develop the skills and mindset that will make their transition out of college successful, regardless of what their next step entails. We are a partner in each student’s journey.
 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The Center for Career & Professional Advancement (CCPA) welcomes all students, alumni, staff, faculty and employer partners from all cultures, identities, talents, interests and communities. We embrace and celebrate the diversity you bring to our campus and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where you are welcomed, respected and supported. The CCPA staff provides an environment where students are empowered to pursue lifelong career development opportunities. We promote open, honest dialogues, and continuous learning within our staff to promote a more inclusive environment for all.

To learn more about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion efforts within the Office of Leadership, Service and Career (OLSC), visit the OLSC Equity page.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

The purpose of the Center for Career and Professional Advancement (CCPA) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Board is to provide guidance and counsel to the Center for Career and Professional Advancement. The work of the EDI Advisory Board will focus on strengthening the identity, visibility, distinctive capabilities and overall competitiveness of students and alumni graduating from UC Merced.  

Advisory Board goals will be determined on an annual basis. Goals will align with the University Strategic Plan Goals with focus on the intersectionality of Goals 2 and 3. Specifically,

Goal 2.2 aims to “broaden and deepen students’ academic, personal, and career-related experience and preparation” 

Goal 3.3.1 aims to “improve services and foster relationships that support the success and thriving of all students, faculty, and staff, on and off campus, including engaging our city, county, and region.”

For additional information about the CCPA EDI Advisory Board, please contact Elizabeth (Liz) Atilano; Director of Employer Connections and Internships at eatilano2@ucmerced.edu