What is Student Affairs?
Interim Vice Chancellor Tom Smith, above.
Student Affairs: Provides the Services You Use Most
Under the direction of Interim Vice Chancellor Tom Smith, the office oversees UCR’s large and diverse student-body and the more than 30 programs that provide resources to aid students' personal, academic and professional growth. UCR students do everything from registering for classes to joining student organizations and attending campus-sponsored concerts, to using the Student Recreation Center, Career Center and Campus Health Center, to shopping at the Campus Bookstore and dining inside the Highlander Union Building. Student Affairs is the division that's responsible for all of that and more! Student Affairs is focused on serving students so that their time at UC Riverside is a success intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially and developmentally. Student Affairs is a department for students, and we remain committed to providing the total UCR Student Experience both inside the classroom and out.
The "Student-Centered" Philosophy
In order to constantly improve and upgrade student services and the student experience at UC Riverside, Student Affairs uses one guiding principle over and over again: What serves our UCR students best?? We want students to achieve their goals in the fewest steps possible, while understanding all of their options and having rewarding interactions with university staff. That's why we promote school spirit through campus events, such as Heat, which drew more than 9,000 people this year! We built a Wellness Center to encourage healthier lifestyle choices through education and communication. And we host year-round career fairs with some of the nation's top recruiters. Because student-centered? has always been the yardstick we use to put the student? first in Student Affairs!
Recent Student Affairs Initiatives
- R'Web: R'Web consolidates the most popular UCR applications including Growl, R'mail, iLearn and the Schedule of Classes into one computer portal with a convenient single sign-on. R'Web also provides special alerts about fees and due dates, the UCR shuttle schedule, real-time traffic updates and Shout-Outs that inform students about what's happening on campus.
- Student Vitality Initiative: Increases students' sense of campus vitality and school spirit through events such as Heat, energetic Web sites, colorful posters and campus signage, and major rebranding and expansion of Homecoming, Welcome Week and UCR pride events such as the weekly R'Day campaign on Wednesdays when students are encouraged to sport their Highlander pride with UCR clothing.
- Wellness initiative: The Well is the fulfillment of a campus vision is to have UCR students engaged in personal wellness and a vibrant, healthy and balanced lifestyle, while providing integrated programs and resources that promote the importance of maintaining an optimal quality of life and foster a culture of health and wellness.
- First-Year Success: Connects first-year students with staff resources that assist them with campus life and academic skills. Also provides them with seminars and workshops on a variety of topics including time management, conflict resolution and tips for studying.
- Commons/Highlander Union building: The Highlander Union Building is a gathering place where students can meet, work, plan, and play. It features cool dining and retail facilities with everything from Panda Express to El Sol's Mexican food to La Fiamma's Italian cuisine, plus meeting areas and lounges. The HUB also provides office space for student government, student organizations, and student affairs. Right next door is Latitude 55 with a short order grill featuring mouth-watering burgers, tasty chicken strips and zesty chili-cheese fries, plus three tournament-sized pool tables and a great selection of XBOX 360s and video games. Outdoors is the picturesque Highlander Plaza with plenty of tables, chairs and umbrellas and an incomparable view of the Bell Tower.
- Highlander One-Stop Shop: Students can cut down on time spent in long lines or wandering from office to office by conveniently accessing a variety of administrative and business services all at on location on the first floor of the Student Services Building. The Highlander One-Stop Shop features the offices that students visit most frequently, including Undergraduate Recruitment, Undergraduate Admissions, the Registrar, Financial Aid, and Student Business Services. Computers are also provided so students can access their GROWL accounts, as well Web sites for MyUCR, the Registrar, Financial Aid and Admissions.
- African Student Programs - African Student Programs coordinates and oversees student activities and programs that honor African traditions. Programs and activities are designed to enhance academic excellence, leadership development and cultural awareness as well as foster an appreciation of an ethnically diverse campus, community and world.
- Asian Pacific Student Programs - Asian Pacific Student Programs strives to promote a diverse learning environment, providing the UC Riverside community with opportunities to learn from and about the Asian and Pacific Islander student population.
- Associated Students Program Board - The Associated Students Program Board (ASPB) is an elite student organization made up of 13 board members who serve six divisions: leadership, concerts, special events, films, cultural events and marketing. Our goals are to provide students with quality entertainment events, foster teamwork and leadership within our members and promote fun on campus.
- Associated Students - UCR - The Associated Students of the University of California, Riverside (ASUCR), is the student government at UCR. It is organized much like your standard government, with the undergraduate student body at the head.
- AVC-Dean of Students - The Office of the AVC/Dean of Students is comprised of fifteen departments with multiple initiatives and support programs united by one common goal: To provide you with the most enriching UCR student experience possible.
- Career Center - The Career Center provides UCR students and alumni with the information and resources necessary to set and achieve their career goals.
- Chicano Student Programs - Chicano Student Programs develops a positive, constructive environment for Chicano/Latino students, providing support services, and facilitating the implementation of programs and activities designed to educate the general university population about the Chicano/Latino community.
- Child Development Center - The Child Development Center provides developmentally appropriate experiences in math, science, language, art, music, motor skills and social/emotional skills. Its curriculum follows guidelines set by the California Department of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. All of the Center's programs are accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.
- Counseling Center - The Counseling Center provides specialized professional services designed to support the educational process on an ethnically diverse campus and to assist students in their career, personal and social development.
- Cultural Events - Cultural Events presents a dynamic and artistically diverse series of performances by both seasoned and emerging artists. The goal is to foster an appreciation for the performing arts and enhance the educational experience of students by providing access to the world's best professional choreographers, composers, actors and musicians.
- Dining Services - The Dining Services team has a long-standing history of providing students, faculty and staff with outstanding food and service in a welcoming environment.
- Early Academic Outreach Program - The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) has been in operation at every University of California campus since 1976. The objective of the program is to prepare educationally and/or economically disadvantaged students to become eligible for the admission to the University of California upon high school graduation.
- Enrollment Management Systems - Enrollment Management Systems (EMS) provides quality programming and system support to help Enrollment Management recruit students, administer financial aid, and admit, enroll and retain an academically excellent and diverse student population.
- Financial Aid - The Financial Aid office administers financial support provided to our students from Federal, State, or local agencies. Financial Aid is committed to making it possible for all admitted students to be able to attend UCR, regardless of family financial circumstances.
- GEAR UP - GEAR UP is a federal grant-based program that guides a cohort, or entire grade, of students through middle school, high school and the college process.
- Highlander Union Building - The Highlander Union Building is the center of our university. It offers a gathering place for students and staff, as well as dining and retail facilities, meeting areas, lounges and office space for student government, student organizations and Student Affairs.
- Housing, Dining & Residential Services - Housing, Dining & Resential Services provide dining for the campus community and residential services for Residence Halls, Campus Apartments and Family Housing. Each choice, as well as the individual communities within them, exhibits unique advantages and opportunities for students.
- International Student Resource Center - The International Student Resource Center (ISRC) supports and promotes the success, wellness and personal growth of international students through expert advising, intercultural programming and advocacy. The ISRC creates a safe and welcoming environment that respects cultural diversity and fosters intercultural skills and communication across campus.
- KUCR Radio - KUCR provides news, music and information on 88.3 FM.
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center - The LGBT Resource Center provides one-on-one support, hosts peer discussion groups, offers free handouts and a lending library of books and videos, provides leadership development training for student leaders and promotes awareness of LGBT concerns and culture.
- Native American Student Programs - Native American Student Programs provides educational cultural and social support for American Indian students. It coordinates a variety of activities designed to expand educational awareness for American Indian students as well as the campus community.
- Recreation - Recreation's mission is to enhance the mental, physical, social and emotional development of all students, faculty, and staff by educating and serving them through recreational programming and services.
- Student Affairs Marketing and Communications - Student Affairs Communications creates and distributes materials for student recruitment and information and is responsible for publishing the campus catalog.
- Student Affairs Technology Services - Student Affairs Technology Services provides technology support services to the division of Student Affairs.
- Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Programs - SCAIP is responsible for addressing alleged incidents of academic and non-academic violations of UCR Standards of Conduct that involve UCR students.
- Student Health Services - Student Health Services provides high quality, confidential medical care to students, with a focus on convenient, affordable and accessible services. All registered students are eligible to use Student Health Services.
- Student Life - Student Life is dedicated to the education and development of UCR's diverse student body and to creating a meaningful, learning-centered campus life. Student Life works in active partnership with student, faculty and staff to foster and support student opportunities for learning, involvement, leadership, community building and creative expression that complement classroom experiences.
- Student Special Services - Student Special Services houses Services for Students with Disabilities, Veterans' Affairs, and Voter Registration. They also provide ROTC Referral and Selective Service information.
- The Office of the Registrar - The Office of the Registrar administers the registration process, including residency issues. It is also responsible for maintaining transcript and diploma information.
- The Well - The Well is part of the campus and UC system-wide Mental Health/Healthier Campus Climate Initiative committed to providing a safe, supportive and connected campus environment through the promotion of healthy minds, bodies and communities.
- TRIO Programs - The UCR Office of TRiO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. They assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
- UCR Campus Store - The UCR Campus Store's mission is to provide all required products, such as textbooks, computer supplies and apparel, and associated services to support UCR's teaching, research and public service in a cost-effective and customer service-oriented manner.
- UCR Card Operations - UCR Card Operations handles the R'Card, the multi-service identification card for UCR students, faculty and staff. R'Card services include identification for library circulation, registrar services, athletic events, public events, recreation and building access.
- Undergraduate Admissions - The Undergraduate Admissions office administers the process for admission to the University of California, Riverside.
- University Eastside Community Collaborative - The University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC) organizes community service projects, offers academic tutoring and provides after-school and summer youth programs for students at Eastside area schools and community centers.
- Women's Resource Center - The Women's Resource Center is a multifunctional center that provides women's and men's programs and services for the UCR student community. The office offers educational opportunities and support to foster access, outreach, retention, equity, knowledge and skill development, safety and a general sense of well-being.