Building Bridges, Not Barriers!

At UC Riverside, 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.

Two young women from the African Students Program dance on stage at an event.
Three students share a laugh in front of a display of flags from many nations.
Students from Asian Pacific Students Programs perform a traditional dance at an event.
A young woman from the Chicano Student Programs performs a traditional Mexican folk dance in a brightly colored dress.
A member of the Middle Easter Student Center plays a drum called a doumbek.


  • African Students Programs

    Created in 1972, the African Student Programs office 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 promotes 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

    The Chicano Student Programs office 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 and 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.

  • Office of Foster Youth Support Services

    The Office of Foster Youth Support Services 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 current and former foster youth (aged 16-25) with comprehensive college experiences and opportunities to explore and realize their full potential.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Women's Resource Center

    The Women's Resource Center  offers campus safety programs, sexual assault and domestic violence support, student leadership opportunities and special events connected to women's and gender issues. It offers educational opportunities and support to foster access, outreach, retention, equity, knowledge and skill development, safety, and a general sense of wellbeing.