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Voting Matters

The Nov. 3 election will give voters the opportunity to decide elections for state and federal officials, including the U.S. president. Decisions made by voters will lead towards addressing issues such as COVID-19, the economic recession, and racial injustice. But historically, university students do not vote in high numbers. Many students attend colleges far from...
By Mina Shiratsuchi, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

S2P: Hacking Humanities

Just as humanities are crucial to scientific research, scientific analysis is necessary when developing public policies. In October 2020, UCR's Center for Science to Policy (S2P) held its first Policy Hackathon. A team of graduate students, led by developmental psychology Ph.D. student Agnes Varghese, included graduate students with psychology, engineering, business, microbiology, and neuroscience concentrations...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing & Communications |

Rupert Costo: A Legacy at UC Riverside

Rupert Costo saw a vision to establish a university in Riverside. If you’ve ever visited Costo Hall on UC Riverside’s campus, you are familiar with Rupert Costo. Costo Hall, located near the Highlander Union Building and home to many Ethnic and Gender Program offices, is named after Costo and his spouse, Jeannette. He was a...
By Lina Tejeda, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

How COVID-19 is affecting UCR Greek life

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting everyone, including UCR’s fraternities and sororities. “Since we no longer can meet in person, we have Zoom chapter meetings, exec meetings, and sisterhoods,” said third-year psychology major and Kappa Kappa Gamma President Laura Rush. “Our goal has been to keep the chapter as interactive and engaged as possible, while also...
By Hannah Croft, Student Writer/CHASS Marketing and Communications |

Gearing Up and Winding Down

In February, CHASS welcomed Crystal Petrini as Department Manager to the departments of English and Philosophy. Petrini is responsible for all administrative and financial transactions, “and a little bit of everything else,” Petrini said. Previously, Petrini was the financial analyst for Alianza UCMX, a system-wide institute that is headquartered at UC Riverside. It provides funding...

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 |