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Diversity is Our Strength

Each of our student-led organizations offers their own unique events, key leadership opportunities, and significant social benefits. Network with fellow future doctors through African Americans United in Science, perform in a parade with the Nigerian Student Association Dance Team and gain brothers and sisters by pledging a historically Black sorority or fraternity. We may come from many places, but our passions unite us. Find your family here.

 

For a complete list of student organizations:

  1. Go to highlanderlink.ucr.edu
  2. Click on the "Organizations" tab at the top
  3. Use the alphabetical directory to search by the first letter of the organization's name

  • Abyssinian Student Union (ASU)

    Founded in the winter of 2005, the Abyssinian Student Union unites both Eritrean and Ethiopian students on campus and helps to provide, teach, and share the Habesha culture with UCR students and faculty. As an active club, they share their style of food, clothing, and dance at many cultural events.

    HighlanderLink: Abyssinian Student Union

     

  • African Americans United in Science (AAUS)

    African-Americans United in Science was founded in 1999 and was the first African American academic/professional organization on UCR's campus. AAUS strives to increase educational and professional opportunities available to African American science students at UCR through resources such as physician shadowing, mentoring, networking, and prep course discounts.

    AAUS provides a summer internship and testing grants for members interested in medicine via collaboration with The Vines Society, a society of Black physicians in the Inland Empire.

    AAUS also reaches out to the Inland Empire community through their tutoring program SOAR and outreach event Roads to Success.

    HighlanderLink: AAUS
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Kappa Theta Chapter)

    Founded on the campus of Howard University in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by and for African American college-trained women. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is to be of service to all mankind through cultivating and encouraging high scholastic and ethical standards and promoting unity and friendship among college women. The Kappa Theta Chapter was chartered at UCR in 1976.

    HighlanderLink: AKA

  • Black Graduate Student Association

    Black Graduate Student Association (GSA) is an association for graduate students at the University of California, Riverside who identify as Black/African-American or of African descent. 

    HighlanderLink: BGSA
     
  • Black Student Task Force

    We are established to provide all Black students with a safe space to vocalize their needs to successfully complete their higher education without systemic bias or discrimination at University of California, Riverside; by which, it is then our duty to vocalize those needs to the upper administration of the University of California, Riverside.

    HighlanderLink: blackstudenttaskforce

  • Black Student Union

    The purpose(s) of this organization shall be to provide a space for all students to gain personal knowledge and information about African/African American/Black populations in an effort to help bring down the cultural barriers and stereotypes that have plagued the African/African American/Black minority for centuries. ASA aspires to do this through programming, outreach, meetings, events, and any other means to ensure that all who desire the information, shall receive it.

    In the context of the University of California, Riverside community as well as the greater Inland Empire, BSU serves to be an all-inclusive outlet in which any people who desire to share knowledge and enrich our mission statement.

    BSU will provide whatever resources necessary to assist other cultural groups within the University. The outlying community will also receive whatever resources necessary to help expand and enrich the mission statement.

    HighlanderLink: blackstudentunionatucr
     
  • BlackOut Arts

    We are committed to representing the creative minds on campus. We, as an organization, aim to provide a creative outlet and support for students of color on this campus with artistic passion. This organization will assist students to develop through hands-on creative projects, personal and professional development workshops, and providing leadership opportunities. BlackOut Arts advocates for creators, solidarity, and recognition for our projects.

    HighlanderLink: blackoutarts
  • B.L.A.A.C.K (Brothers Leading African-Americans through Consciousness and Knowledge)

    This group is designed for every Black male that attends an institute for higher learning in the state of California. It was founded on the principles of  "The Talented Tenth," by W.E.B. Dubious. Its mission statement and overall goals are to develop male leaders, promote unity, and advance and impact the community with social and educational awareness programs such as discussion forums, campus programs, current events updates, student-community involvement, and outreach to Black males both on- and off-campus.

    HighlanderLink: blaack

  • Built to Rise in Domestic and Global Entrepreneurship

    The purpose(s) of this organization, Blacks Rising in Domestic and Global Entrepreneurship, is to foster the development of entrepreneurship and business literacy with UCR’s Pan-African community by serving as a bridge between young entrepreneurs and the resources and opportunities that will cultivate their development. It is intended to serve as an incubator space in which students can enhance their skill sets, expand their network and hone in on their passion with the goal of not only being competitive within the job market but also laying the foundation to be an owner outside of it. B.R.I.D.G.E will help all students in all areas of study to succeed in the professional world by providing them with numerous resources and opportunities.

    HighlanderLink: ucrbridge

  • Caribbean Student Union

    The Caribbean Student Union is an organization open to anyone interested in the cutlures of the countries and islands of the Caribbean/West Indies.

    HighlanderLink: caribbeanstudentunion

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The major programs of the sorority are connected to economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement.

    HighlanderLink: muchideltasigmatheta

  • FilmMakers of Color

    The purpose of this organization is to help students of color to develop skills in creativity, production management, scriptwriting, and videography. By acknowledging the underrepresented minority filmmakers in the entertainment industry, our primary focus is to foster and nourish their individual talents for film and television production. Members of the organization will have the opportunity to network with directors, producers, actors, and picture studios. We supply students with internship opportunities, shadowing experience, and more importantly preparing them for lifetime future careers in film. This film club is unique, from other film clubs because we will be broadcasting our productions campus-wide.

    HighlanderLink: filmmakersofcolor

  • Helping the Hyphy

    The purpose of this organization shall be to bring together students who identify with being raised in the Bay Area and other Northern California communities. These students will meet to discuss and help alleviate issues that affect Bay area students, communities, and families. These issues include, but are not limited to Homesicknesses/mental health, social justice, gentrification, networking, financial stability, and scholarship. This organization shall help promote success in multiple aspects amongst Bay area students at the University of California, Riverside.

    HighlanderLink: HelpingTheHyphy

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated was founded January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University. Our Fundamental Purpose is "Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor". We were found by ten illustrious founders by the names of Elder Watson Diggs, Ezra D. Alexander, Byron K. Armstrong, Henry T. Asher, Marcus P. Blakemore, Paul W. Caine, George W. Edmonds, Guy L. Grant, Edward G. Irvin, John Milton Lee.

    The Eta Zeta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated was founded on March 22, 1974, and is a member of the Western Province. 

    HighlanderLink: kappa-alpha-psi-fraternity-inc

  • National Black Law Student Association

    The purpose of this organization shall be to provide community support for students who desire to obtain a deeper understanding of the legal field through various services such as mentorship opportunities with a local bar association, the opportunity to shadow practitioners of the law who encourage academic excellence, as well as to provide the essential tools needed to assist students in their advancements into the professional community. This club is not limited to those that are in pursuit of a J.D., but for everyone interested in law and related fields. 

    HighlanderLink: NBLSA

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

    The goals of the NPHC include unanimity of thought in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.

    HighlanderLink: ucrnphc

  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

    Founded in 1975, NSBE has grown to become the largest student-managed organization in the world, with over 20,000 members. NSBE's mission is 'to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.' With over 2000 elected leadership positions, 12 regional conferences, and an unparalleled annual convention, NSBE provides multiple opportunities for success. NSBE is open to collegiate, alumni, and technical professionals.

    HighlanderLink: nsbe

  • Nigerian Student Association (NSA)

    The Nigerian Student Association is a nonprofit organization committed to gathering students of Nigerian descent and all students open to promoting awareness of the beautiful Nigerian culture to other communities. NSA holds bi-weekly general meetings throughout the year and participates in multiple events such as cultural shows. The NSA uses its background to also promote education, public awareness, and culture. The NSA also has its own dance team.

    HighlanderLink: nsa

  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.- Xi Rho Chapter

    Sigma Gamma Rho strives to address educational, civic and economic concerns that impact society. The organization enhances the quality of life on the UCR campus and surrounding communities through public service, leadership development and youth education.

    Contact: xirhochapter@yahoo.com

  • Sisters Affirming our Socio-Cultural Identities

    This group is founded upon the principals of the great women in history of all races, sexual orientations, ages, etc, that have contributed to where we are today. These women include Kimberlé Crenshaw, Coretta Scot King, Oprah Winfrey, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Michelle Obama, Ava Duvernay, etc. These trailblazing women and their actions have inspired the ladies of S.A.S.I to help lead, advocate, and uplift women of color in our communities and on campus. We also pride ourselves in helping educate women and allies on sexual violence, mental health, etc. While we support and uplift all women we emphasize the examination and discussion of issues that surround and affect Black women. Our bi-monthly meetings include topics from self-care to social injustices experienced by women. Our discussions serve as a safe space for Black women to find common ground and gain an understanding of each other. This space is not only meant and intended for growth amongst women socially, politically, spiritually, and mentally; but also to develop and build a strong network of women of color on the campus of UC Riverside.

    HighlanderLink: sasi

  • Umoja

    Umoja provides students with the necessary knowledge, tools, and support needed to increase academic success. We also pride ourselves on connecting transfer students to resources available at the university level and assisting them with the transition process and cultivating a community and family atmosphere.

    HighlanderLink: umoja