Our Common Ground Takes Us to Higher Ground 

Chicano Student Programs is proud to be a part of UCR’s Common Ground Collective, an informal union of campus departments and community members with shared positive goals. Members include a variety of staff, current students, and alumni who are passionate about community building, diversity training and social justice education.

The Common Ground Collective Partners

This is our Costo family comprised of African Student ProgramsAsian Pacific Student ProgramsMiddle Eastern Student CenterNative American Student Programs, the LGBT Resource Center, the Women’s Resource Center, Undocumented Student Programs, Foster Youth Support Services, and Chicano Student Programs. We share common goals of supporting UCR students, celebrating our cultures, and improve the lives of the diverse population of the UCR campus.

Phone: (951) 827-4113
Fax: (951) 827-3778
Location: Skye Hall 321
Office Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1- 5 p.m.

The International Students and Scholars Office provides services for international students, students interested in studying abroad, and students who need advising for the Fulbright Program.

Phone: (951) 827-3861 
Fax: (951) 827-4218 
Location: 125 Costo Hall 
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., other times by appointment 

Student Disability Resource Center is committed to making sure that every student at UCR is able to make the most of their university experience. Efforts include ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to educational programs and campus life; providing services for military, veterans and family members; connecting students with ROTC; facilitating voter registration and more.

Phone: (951) 827-9355 
Location: HUB 248 
Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Well is UCR's student well-being and health promotion department, and was founded in 2009 as part of the campus and UC system-wide Mental Health/Healthier Campus Climate Initiative. The Well provides education, trainings, resources, and programming for students in a variety of health and wellness topic areas, through a network of peer educators, mentors, and professionals.

Annual Common Ground Events:

The Common Ground Retreat

This leadership retreat brings students from varied backgrounds together to define points of connection and develop collective responses to issues affecting them at UCR. Students unite, create joint projects, and continue to collaborate after the retreat is over.

Building Our Common Ground Workshops

During Highlander Orientation, all incoming students participate in community-building activities facilitated by members of the Common Ground Collective. Student facilitators serve as representatives for the Highlander Community and are active participants in workshops.

Student facilitators lead peer-to-peer discussions following the exercise, with additional support from professional staff. The student facilitator’s role during the activity and discussion is to:

  • Create positive peer-to-peer interactions for incoming students.
  • Facilitate understanding and insight into the complexities of diversity
  • Focus on the nature of building relationships and establishing community