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About OPHD

UC Merced is committed to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic and research excellence, and to creating a community where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of discrimination, harassment, exploitation or intimidation.

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) contributes to this university commitment by overseeing campus compliance with the University of California and UC Merced policies prohibiting protected category discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment and violence). Our oversight of these policies encompasses responding to and resolving reports of harassment and discrimination from students, staff, faculty, and visitors that are related to protected class and civil rights policies.

OPHD works to resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment through formal investigation or alternative resolution. We explain and clarify university policies and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We collaborate with other UC Merced offices in resolving complaints and we offer a variety of training programs and workshops in the prevention of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and all forms of discrimination for students, faculty, and staff.

UC Merced is an exciting and vibrant community of individuals dedicated to contributing to the betterment of our local, national, and international communities. Join us in our ongoing commitment to take the individual steps necessary to create a more just, fair, and equitable community.  Explore our website and meet our staff below.

Kim Overdyck (she/her/hers)
Director and Title IX Officer
(209) 285-9510

James "Jim" O'Connell (he/him/his)
Deputy Director
(209) 355-0352

Shasta Behbehelieh (she/her/hers)
(209) 506-0943

Lynna Cano (she/her)
(209) 506-0617

Response Team Coordinator