Latest Press Releases

Making a sustainable impact

Jade Sasser is a driving force. As an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at UC Riverside since 2014, and one of the founders of the sustainability studies major, Sasser has significantly contributed to UCR and in our Inland community. Sasser has involved her students with UCR’s R’Garden and R’Pantry, two campus resources that...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

UCR Becomes First UC to Offer Local Cahuilla Language Series

In Winter 2019, UC Riverside offered CAH001, an introductory course to the Cahuilla language, a local Native American tribal language. UCR became the first UC to offer an Indigenous language series that fulfills graduation language requirements to all students. This series is especially important because UC Riverside is situated on the traditional lands of the...
By Lina Tejeda, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

From Kendrick Lamar to 'Tiger King'

Multi-award winning composer Dana Kaufman approaches music in revolutionary ways, and encourages her students to do the same. The Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Composition is the composer of a new, Netflix original Tiger King-inspired micro-opera titled Exotic v. Baskin: The Micro-Opera, commissioned by the Carlow Arts Festival in Ireland. The performance premiered online during...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

CHASS stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UCR stands for inclusion and social justice and intensely condemns the killing of Black people targeted specifically because of their race. CHASS stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement for peace, equality, and justice. We stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American...
By The CHASS Dean’s Office |

Message from the Dean

Dear Colleagues: I am writing to let you know that I have been selected to be the next president of SUNY Purchase College. Purchase College like UCR is a tremendous institution with committed colleagues like you in our student’s success. I have been truly fortunate to be at UCR and to have so many of...
By Milagros Peña, Dean/College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences |

Class of 2020 Art Exhibition

Every spring, seniors in UC Riverside’s Department of Art participate in an exhibition at the UCR ARTS Culver Center of the Arts in Downtown Riverside. With social-distancing protocols in place to slow the COVID-19 outbreak, the exhibition has moved online along with art, classes, and jobs across the country. The virtual exhibition titled, Home Bodies...
By Devany Harden, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

UCR ARTS Goes Virtual!

A month after COVID-19 temporarily closed UCR ARTS to the public, its employees launched a new website to bring art into your home. With the Culver Center’s 10th anniversary approaching, it serves as a place to celebrate art at UC Riverside and the city of Riverside. VirtualUCRARTS.ucr.edu features online exhibitions, a virtual cinema, activities for...
By Devany Harden, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

"Our mission is to connect"

Many students are facing uncertainty as they graduate in the midst of a pandemic. UCR’s Career Center is here to help. The Career Center helps UCR students navigate potential career paths, and offers numerous resources. Though in-person resources are suspended due to the campus shutdown, the Career Center is offering a number of virtual resources...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Michigan for summer school

UC Riverside Political Science major Samir Al-Alami spent his summer break in Michigan. Last June, the outgoing senior began a seven-week fellowship for the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. With an acceptance rate of approximately one in six students, the...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

'Hats' off to UCR alumnus

In 2016, Christopher Watkins III created Hats, a short film about a baseball player from South Central Los Angeles. It was the culmination of all that he’d learned during his time as an undergraduate student at UC Riverside and a graduate student at the University of Southern California. At UCR, Watkins started on his academic...
By Chris Fleming, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

No Money, No Problem

For most, awkward silence is something to be avoided. For the UCR student film club, R’Shorts, awkward silence is what wins awards. In spring 2019, R’Shorts submitted their short film Awkward Silence to the Film Festival run by UCR’s Associated Students Program Board (ASPB), as well as the Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF). R’Shorts won...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

Illuminating the future

“It’s not thinking about light. It’s thinking about what’s not lit,” said Ben Tusher, Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer for UC Riverside’s Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production. Tusher was hired in July 2019, and has spent most of his life thinking about lighting and production. Before UCR, Tusher worked on the theme...
By Ian Peltz, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

Five Generations of Heroes

Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Susan Straight has spent 32 years at UCR inspiring her students to tell their own stories. Now she has published her own story, "In the Country of Women: a Memoir”. Straight’s memoir examines the lives of five generations of women in her family who have migrated from around the world...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Ralph Crowder Memoriam

Dear Colleagues, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Historian and Professor Emeritus of the University of California, Riverside, Dr. Ralph L. Crowder. After decades of dedication to the academic community, Dr. Crowder passed away in his home Friday, March 20,2020, with family by his side. The memorial service will be...

CHASS brochure wins CASE design award

The CHASS college overview brochure has won a bronze award in design from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Printed in summer 2019, the 30-page brochure showcases CHASS people, departments, majors, rankings and support services. It also features photos of current CHASS students, staff, distinguished faculty and notable alumni. The award was...
By Jeff Girod, Director/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

At Home In a Digital World

Gamespawn is a UCR club that offers members the ability to collaborate and work on the development of video games. The club meets on campus during the academic year on Tuesday evenings, 5-7 pm in Bourns A171. “[Joining Gamespawn] was intimidating at first,” said second-year psychology major and current Outreach Coordinator Yvette Chen, “but once...
By Chris Fleming, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Digging Daisy

For Daisy Sicarios, ancient civilizations are more than stories. They’re her job and her passion. Sicarios, an anthropology and classical studies double-major and first-generation transfer student, first developed an interest in classics and classical archaeology when she arrived at UCR in 2016. After enrolling in a course on ancient Greek language, her love for classics...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Ethnic Studies Professor Chang receives distinguished award from Korea

At 18, UC Riverside Professor Edward Chang immigrated to the United States. He had two goals: To learn English and get an education. Decades later, Chang has been awarded the Order of Civil Merit, one of the highest medals from the Republic of Korea, for his academic research promoting Korean culture in both the U.S...
By Melissa Sagun, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Dance professor receives Bessie award for experimental performance art

Ni’Ja Whitson, an assistant professor in UC Riverside’s Department of Dance, was part of a team that won a Bessie award for outstanding visual design. The “Bessie’s” are presented annually to artists with exceptional choreography, performance, music composition or visual design, and are considered one of the highest honors in the field of dance. This...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

On Point

Milagros "Milly" Peña has always loved basketball, going back to her playing days as a shared point guard in high school and college. As a former scholar-athlete, her experiences with teamwork, discipline and determination have extended far beyond the hardwood. Now as a professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, and the Dean of the College...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |