Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Building Bridges, Not Barriers!
UC Riverside has been ranked as the eighth most ethnically diverse college campus in the nation, so you can bet that campus diversity, equity, and inclusion are our top priorities. Our DEI programs are designed to provide you with a sense of belonging, a feeling of support and the opportunity for learning in a relaxed and safe environment. Embedded throughout our entire organization, the Dean of Students Office works to ensure that students have multiple opportunities to grow as leaders in a diverse world. Our programs and departments are fully committed to an academic culture that provides opportunities for all UCR students to develop multi-cultural competencies and be prepared to lead and succeed in a diverse world.
African Students Programs
Created in 1972, African Student Programs enhances academic, cultural, and social development and retains students of African descent. It promotes academic excellence by providing opportunities for students in their maturity as role models, leaders, scholars and professionals.
Asian Pacific Student Programs
The Asian Pacific Student Programs Office promote a diverse learning environment, providing the UC Riverside community with opportunities to learn from and about the Asian and Pacific Islander student community.
Chicano Student Programs
Chicano Student Programs develops a constructive environment for Chicano/Latino students and educates the general university population about the Chicano/Latino community. Founded in 1972, it remains the only existing Chicano student services department in the UC system.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center
The LGBT Resource Center provides support, education, and advocacy regarding sexual orientation and gender identity for UC Riverside. Its mission is to cultivate a meaningful experience and to practice excellence in supporting, educating, and serving all students.
Middle Eastern Student Center
The Middle Eastern Student Center supports intellectual exchange, encourages the study of Middle Eastern culture and history, while promoting the advancement of higher education. The MESC fosters relationships to build inclusion, acceptance, and earnest communication with an emphasis on cultural diversity. We collectively pursue civic engagement and civil discourse as a means to promote mutual understanding. Within a changing campus climate we create alliances and engage meaningful conversations to meet the needs of the Middle Eastern student population at UCR.
Native American Student Programs
The Native American Student Programs office provides educational, cultural, and social support for American Indian students. It also plans and implements innovative programs that promote and educate the campus community about the uniqueness of American Indians.
Women's Resource Center
The Women's Resource Center provides awareness and proactive responses on female and male students' issues and concerns. It offers educational opportunities and support to foster access, outreach, retention, equity, knowledge and skill development, safety, and a general sense of wellbeing.
Undocumented Student Programs
Undocumented Student Programs welcomes all DREAMers, students from mixed-status families and undocu allies! No matter your immigration status or cultural background, you have an equal opportunity at UCR to get a quality education in a safe and friendly environment with resources to help you achieve your goals.
Veterans Resource Center
UCR offers a variety of programs and services dedicated to meeting the unique academic and personal needs of student veterans, as well as providing opportunities for student veterans to connect with and support one another. The Veterans Resource Center also provides opportunities for peer-to-peer support, mentoring and networking.
Student Disability Resource Center
The Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) works with academic and support departments at UC Riverside to help ensure that students — including undergraduate, graduate and professional students — have equal access to university life.
Office of Foster Youth Support Services
The Guardian Scholars Program provides a network of resources to students who are transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood in order to facilitate their successful pursuit of higher education. The program draws on the resources, strength, and support of our community to provide scholars (aged 16-25) with a comprehensive college experience and the opportunity to explore and realize their full potential.