African Student Programs

African Student Programs: We're celebrating 50 Years of Excellence!

ASP: Then. Now. Forever!

We are honored to be one of the longest standing Black Resource Centers in California as we celebrate 50 years of uninterrupted service to the Black community here at UC Riverside! 

Our saying, it takes a village to graduate a Black scholar, is not just lip service for our scholars, we mean it! Black scholars have a history on this campus and that's why we celebrate 50 years of African Student Programs! Our family and extended family/community ensure that our Black scholars are not just getting to UCR, but they're thriving academically, culturally, and beyond. We want our Black scholars to know that you're seen and you're meant to be here. 

Our Black scholars come to our space as strangers and leave as friends and family. With our outstanding professional and student staff, connections with Black Faculty & Staff Association, mentorship programs, internships, and our Black Alumni Chapter, Black scholars are set up to succeed and lead. Contact our village any time. You are part of our village and we're happy to have you.


Looking for opportunities for giving? Consider supporting African Student Programs by making a gift today that will impact the success of the next 50 years of Black student success at UCR!

African Student Programs (ASP)

133 Costo Hall
(951) 827-4576
M-F 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

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African Student Programs' 50 year presence is not by happenstance. As the campus, community, and society evolved so has the mission, vision, and values of our department. The one thing that's constant? We're rooting for all of our Black scholars' success.

Are you a graduating Black scholar?

Calling all Class of 2023 Black graduating scholars (undergrad/graduate)! Are you looking for an opportunity to celebrate your monumental moment with hundreds of your friends and family? Consider participating in the 2023 Black Grad ceremony happening on June 3, 2023 starting at 5p! This free ceremony is your opportunity to have your moment and have your entire community with you.

Undergraduate scholars sign up here and Graduate scholars sign up here

828 Summer Bridge Program

Looking for a program that'll give you a head-start on your first-year at UC-Riverside?! Consider participating in our 828 Summer Bridge Program! In partnership with the Highlander Early Start Academy (HESA), we offer an in-person  residential seven-week ( July 30, 2023-September 16, 2023). experience where incoming Black scholars will take three courses,  participate in weekly workshops and Black-identified focused excursions, and build community. Interested? Complete the interest form here and our team will be in touch with you with the application (registration will be open June 2023)

We Did It!

Last year, Black Alumni Chapter and African Student Programs announced an audacious goal of securing $25,000 in endowment funds for our Black scholars, and of course, we surpassed that goal! Together, with the help of our community, more than $50,000 was raised for our Black scholars! This is the first time in Black Alumni Chapter history that an endowment was created to provide resources to Black scholars for the long term. These funds will be placed in an university endowment account that will live on permanently to support Black scholars with their needs!

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