Programs & Services
WE ARE COMMITTED TO YOUR SUCCESS
Chicano Student Programs is committed to supporting the success of Chicano/Latino students at UCR. Find great academic support with our Chicano Link Mentor Program and Textbook Lending Library. Learn about our rich culture at events such as Noche Cultural and Semana de la Mujer. Get involved with Raza issues by joining a student group or participating in one of our outreach programs. We invite you to explore, benefit from, and be a part of, our many valuable programs and services.
SERVICES THAT SUPPORTAB 540 Resource Guide
Review a list of our books.
We welcome donations. If you are interested in donating to our library, please contact us.
For students facing financial hardship, we offer a helpful textbook loan program through our lending library. The cost of textbooks is often high, and can add a financial burden for students. Our textbook loan program alleviates that stress by allowing students to check out and return textbooks, as they need them. Applying for the program is easy and we are glad to support our students’ academic success.
We welcome book donations. If you are interested in donating, please contact us.
ANNUAL EVENTSCésar E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk
Find details on all upcoming events on our event calendar.
PROGRAMS THAT NEED YOUChicano Link Peer Mentor Program
This network of UCR alumni and working professionals stays connected to UCR is by sharing their career experiences with interested students as a way of supporting growth.
Alumni also stay connected with one another through the organization’s communications, events and reunions.
In addition to giving their valued time, alumni also provide Chicano Student Programs with essential contributions that help keep our vital programs and services going strong.
Connect with the UCR Chicano Alumni Association here.
UCR RESOURCESChicano/Latino Courses at UCR
To freshmen students, the MSP offers advising seminars with faculty, peer mentors, study groups, and workshops on academic and career planning. Students in the Medical Scholars Program remain in the program throughout their undergraduate training and may participate in internships, paid summer research experiences, seminars on health care, dinners with faculty and physicians, and intensive review programs for exams such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scholars will participate in a variety of academic enrichment activities throughout the academic year designed to enhance their educational experiences and help prepare them for a future career in medicine or an allied health discipline.
The MSRIP is an eight-week summer research program designed for rising juniors, seniors (and some masters students) from educationally and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants work under the supervision of a faculty mentor on the mentor’s research project.
The goal of MSRIP is to increase the number of outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who pursue the Ph.D. by strengthening their academic and professional development for admission to the University of California campuses and UC Riverside, in particular, as well as colleges and universities nationwide.
Many MSRIP alumni have successfully completed their doctorates here at UCR or at other Ph.D.-granting institutions. Though state law prohibits selection with preference based on race, color, national origin, or gender, minorities and women in underrepresented fields, who meet the eligibility criteria, are strongly encouraged to apply.
The MESA School’s Program helps students at middle and senior high schools (and some elementary schools) excel in math and science and become competitively eligible for the most rigorous colleges and universities.
Our MESA School's Program partners with teachers, administrators, school district officials and industry representatives to provide this academic enrichment model. Students are selected to participate in the MESA School's Program through a process that involves teachers at participating schools and locally based MESA personnel.
ORBITS provides valuable campus and career resources to first generation, second-year students including resources on resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, graduate school preparation, job and internship search strategies and guidance on choice of major. Participants engage in activities such as informational interviews, employer discussions, panels, and mock interviews. They also enhance their transferable skills focusing on communication, work-ethic, leadership and teamwork.
ORBITS helps students focus on long-term goals so students graduate from UCR understanding the steps for pursuing graduate school and jobs. Students also develop a personal plan that includes short-term target goals leading up to graduation.
Building a bridge to a brighter future is the theory behind the Puente Connection, a bridge program that connects UCR with the community college students who are participating in statewide Puente Projects.
The Puente Project, co-sponsored by the University of California Office of the President and the California Community College Chancellors Office, is an academic program that has helped students bridge the gap between community college and four-year universities. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community as mentors and leaders for future generations. UCR established the Puente Connection to provide further exciting opportunities for Puente students to help insure their success. Si se puede!
UC Riverside received funding from the US Department of Education for the TRiO Scholars Program to work with UCR students who are low income and/or first generation, to promote the academic, social, personal, and professional success of all our students by building a strong sense of community and drawing on resources both in and outside of the program.
The TRiO Scholars Program also provides academic support and tutoring assistance, mentoring, and other unique opportunities. There are 150 scholars in the UC Riverside TRiO Scholars Program.