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About Us

Mission Statement: The UCR Ethnic and Gender Centers (E&G) mission is to empower students as they navigate successfully toward graduation. We aim to disrupt systemic structures and injustices on our campus and in our community — providing resources, programming, and advocacy that focus on cultural, educational, and personal development to allow students to thrive in an equitable environment.

E&G’s core values are: 

  • Accessibility 
  • Advocacy 
  • Career/ Grad School Readiness 
  • Community Building 
  • Financial Literacy 
  • Identity Development 
  • Intersectionality 
  • Leadership Development 
  • Policy Development 
  • Social Justice 
  • Student Success 
  • Student Transformation 

Ethnic & Gender Organization Chart

Common Ground Collective

The Common Ground Collective is a cooperative of various campus departments that include Ethnic and Gender Centers. Members include a variety of staff members, current students, and alumni who are passionate about community building, diversity training, and social justice education. Learn more about the Common Ground Collective’s annual programs.


  • 1907: UCR is founded. Learn more about UCR’s history. 
  • 1972: As a result of student, staff, and faculty activism, both African Student Programs (ASP) and Chicano Student Programs (CSP) were founded.
  • 1973: Women’s Resource Center (WRC) opened their doors in August 1973.
  • 1980: Native American Student Programs (NASP) was established as a student led group. (The first professionally staffed director was appointed in 1991.)
  • 1989: Asian Pacific Student Programs (APSP) opened their doors in August 1989.
  • 1993: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) opened its doors and made history as the first campus in California to have a professionally staffed LGBT resource office. 
  • 2008: Foster Youth Student Services (FYSS) started serving students fall 2008. FYSS officially joined the E&G Centers in 2019. 
  • 2013: The Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC) opened their doors and was the first center of its kind in the country.
  • 2015: Undocumented Student Programs (USP) was developed and launched.



Discover how this cluster of Ethnic and Gender Centers came to be and get to know the people who lead its individual groups. This team of professional staff is passionate about all the audiences that make up the E&G. Read their bios and find out how their stories have led them to support Highlanders while upholding inclusivity and diversity every step of the way.