UC Riverside Explores Diversity's Strength

A public summit March 13 will explore how best to encourage school success

February 27, 2007

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Can a university campus with large populations of minority students become a model of how to encourage success among all students?

The University of California, Riverside will explore that question at a public summit from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. The Student Success and Diversity summit is the third in an annual series designed to channel UCR’s status as one of the most diverse campuses in the nation into a model of excellence for all universities.

“Diversity is everybody’s business,” said Dr. Yolanda Moses, an anthropology professor who also serves as an assistant to Chancellor France Córdova on excellence and diversity. “These summits offer an opportunity to bring everyone together to talk about how to continue to build on what we have and make it better.”

UCR has the most diverse campus in the University of California system, including the highest concentration of black and Latino students of any other campus. 

This year’s student body is 25 percent Latino, 7 percent African American, 43 percent Asian and 18 percent white. That diversity offers UCR a chance to study the impact of diversity on student success in a way that no other college campus can, Moses said.

“Nobody else has the kind of student body we do,” Moses said. “So whatever we’re doing that is successful with our students becomes a model for the rest of the country.”

Speakers and discussion leaders include Chancellor Córdova, Moses, student body president Holly Lim, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. Ellen Wartella, and Dr. Andrew Grosovsky, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. 

Summit participants will have a chance to discuss the findings of the Student Success Task Force, appointed in October 2005 and charged with providing recommendations on improving undergraduate retention and the overall UCR undergraduate experience.

The task force released its report in October 2006 and broke down its recommendations into four key areas: The freshman experience, student advising, student surveys, and teaching and learning. Participants of the Student Diversity and Success Summit will have a chance to attend group discussions on each of those areas.

Participants can enroll for the summit online at www.diversity.ucr.edu, by sending an e-mail to diversity@ucr.edu or by calling (951) 827-6224. Seats are limited, so people are encouraged to register by March 5.

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