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UC Riverside

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
900 University Ave
Riverside, California 92521
(951) 827-1012
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School Information
"UC Riverside is on the rise. A member of the world’s most prestigious public university system, ours is an institution powered by an entrepreneurial spirit, a record of innovation and results, and a commitment to excellence and collaboration across disciplines...Our diverse, inclusive, and globally focused community is creating a new model for what a great public research university can achieve. With more than 25,000 students and 1,100 faculty — including two Nobel Prize winners and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine — we are pioneering research with economic, scientific, and social impact on the real-world challenges we face in California and beyond." The university offers 101 undergraduate degree programs, 55 masters programs, and 42 doctoral programs. (Source:
General Information
UC Riverside has not taken steps to implement university-wide steps to support anti-racism. However the UC Riverside Education Department created a guide for elementary school teachers on how to teach anti-racism. The contents of the guide are not clear. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UCR offers "diversity awareness workshops and consultation services" for faculty and staff.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Department of Ethnic Studies at UCR analyzes the "social dynamics of race, racism, and various forms of institutionalized violence, including land conquest, racist state violence, Spanish and Euro-American colonialisms, U.S. imperialism, systemic sexual violence, racial genocide, chattel slavery, gendered militarization, legalized discrimination (apartheid and segregation), White supremacy, and the internalized logics of gender/racial domination and assimilation." The Department offers programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • The UCR Media and Cultural Studies Department "...encompasses political economy and media policy, critical race, ethnic and gender studies, ethnography, and historical, material, visual and textual analysis." The Department's graduates are "scholars, social activists, media and policymakers, critics, independent media makers, and participants in creative and media industries..."
  • The mission of the Department of Psychology at UCR is to "educate students to be leaders, with a nuanced understanding of diversity, inequality, and justice, and the research skills to study these matters and address inequities." To that end, the Department promotes diversity science and inclusivity by "Developing a broad curriculum in diversity science at the undergraduate and graduate levels."
  • The School of Education at UCR offers an undergraduate concentration and minor in "Education for Social Justice" which prepares students to "acquire a critical understanding of educational theory, research, policy, and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective across the educational pipeline (PK through Higher Education) with a focus on challenging inequality and promoting equity and social justice."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The Campus Climate Incident Reporting form at UCR is for the "reporting of behavior that is not captured by University policy or conduct standards but nevertheless may compromise the environment (or 'campus climate')...such behavior may include microaggressions and other forms of conduct inconsistent with our campus commitment to social and academic justice, diversity, equity, and inclusivity."
Program and Research Funding
  • According to the UCR School of Education, its faculty "boasts internationally renowned experts and top researchers" whose scholarship "addresses some of today’s most critical education issues" including Critical Race Theory, school psychology, and school reform.
  • UC Riverside Education Department created a guide for elementary school teachers on how to teach anti-racism.
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has a website with anti-racism resources including an anti-racism learning and reflection tool.
  • "Critical Race Theory [sic]: an introduction" by Richard Delgado is available through the UC Riverside Library and is summarized as follows: "It not only covers a range of emerging new topics and events, it also addresses the rise of a fierce wave of criticism from right-wing websites, think tanks, and foundations, some of which insist that America is now colorblind and has little use for racial analysis and study. Critical Race Theory is essential for understanding developments in this burgeoning field, which has spread to other disciplines and countries."
  • On March 3, 2022, UCR School of Education hosted an event titled "Resisting Race-Evasiveness in K-12 Education: Exploring the Intersections of Critical Race Theory and Ethnic Studies" and is described as follows: "In response to an increased interest in anti-racist education in k-12 schools, there has been a backlash from the right centered on Critical Race Theory (CRT), resulting in legislation and policies aimed to: ban books that address racial realities, whitewash essential historical content, and resist racial literacy development for students. In California, districts, school leaders and even some educators have drawn divisions between CRT and Ethnic Studies as a strategy to avoid being drawn into the political resistance to CRT. In this panel, established scholars of Critical Race Theory and Ethnic Studies will explore the intersections of the two to reframe and resist dominant racist and race-evasive practices within the U.S. educational system."
  • On March 8, 2022, UCR News announced that "Color of Change," an online racial justice non-profit has named an award for UC Riverside education professor Tara J. Yosso. Yosso responded to the award by saying, "I appreciate how Color of Change is standing up against the distortions of critical race theory by acknowledging the everyday efforts of educators and community advocates who are challenging racism and preparing the next generation to continue the work of creating a more just society."
  • UCR "Equity Advisors" are trained by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and provide "leadership in matters of equity, diversity and inclusion within their colleges to administrators, faculty, and staff."
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UCR provides "learning resources" which gives an "introduction to the kinds of harms we might commit when we allow implicit biases to govern our actions." Resource topics include inclusive organizations, conversations, language and classrooms.
  • According to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UCR, faculty/staff applicants are required to provide a "Statement of Contributions to Diversity" which would "describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR."
Symbolic Actions
  • On September 18, 2020 UC Riverside news published the "UC Policy School Deans’ Response to OMB [Office of Management and Budget] Prohibition on Critical Race Theory Training" which states the following: "America is still trying to perfect itself, and scholars in our schools use multiple perspectives, including Critical Race Theory, to understand racism and racial oppression in America. Whether it be the work of economists, political scientists or sociologists, the main scientific findings of the disciplines at the heart of the study and the teaching of public policy agree with Critical Race Theory that racial discrimination and inequities still loom large in American society." The statement was signed by then-Dean School of Public Policy Anil B. Deolalikar as well as three other UC Deans of Public Policy Schools.
Last updated August 29th, 2023
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