OUR STUDENTS INSPIRE
Chicano Student Programs is home to some of the most vibrant and active student organizations on campus. Each one offers unique networking benefits, special events, leadership opportunities, and community and campus service-learning projects.
Own the dance floor with our Salsa Club, get and give AB 540 support with PODER or start a brand new student organization as the Riverside Betas did in 2010. From the driven scholars of the Latino Business Student Association and Latinos in Science, to the strong women of Mujeres Unidas and MALCS de UCR, our students are Chicano Student Programs, and we are proud of their passion.
ALPFA is the premier business organization for expanding opportunities for Latino Leadership in the global market. ALPFA creates opportunities, adds value and builds relationships for its members, the community, and its business partners while expanding Latino leadership in the global workforce. Activities include monthly student and professional conferences as well as an annual national conference.
Jenny Martinez (President), firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown Issues works within the Chicano/Latino and UCR community to pinpoint relevant problems, evaluate possible answers, and execute the best possible solution in order to better the community and its people. Brown Issues is dedicated to the education of Brown people everywhere. Their motto is, “Struggle. Survive. Succeed.”
Rafael Quevedo, email@example.com
The California Alliance for Minority Participation is designed for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] fields pursuing graduate (Master/Doctoral) degrees.
CAMP was established at the University of California, Riverside in 1991 and is funded by the National Science Foundation [NSF]. CAMP is a program that works to encourage NSF-declared underrepresented students in the STEM fields to successfully complete undergraduate science degrees and further pursue their studies at the graduate and professional level. The National Science Foundation considers an underrepresented minority in STEM as students with Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Non-Filipino-Pacific Islander ethnic backgrounds reported at UCR at the time of admission. CAMP exists at nine of the UC campuses and at various California State Universities, California Community Colleges, independent colleges and universities, and national laboratories that together work to achieve a goal of doubling the numbers of minority students receiving a B.S. or a B.A. degree in the many science disciplines.
Brian Zepeda, firstname.lastname@example.org
HSF’s mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans. The HSF Scholar Chapters are official student groups designed to promote academic excellence and build leadership skills. The HSF Scholar Chapter Network exists to promote academic success and student engagement among Latino college students by encouraging them to serve as role models and leaders in their communities.
The program's goals are to advance the outstanding leadership and academic skills of HSF Scholars at the university level and to reinforce the pipeline of high school graduates attending select institutions and college graduates entering demanding professions. In addition, the initiative matches Hispanic students with HSF alumni and mentors through the HSF Mentoring Program. This program is designed to help HSF Scholars and Hispanic students’ transition from college to professional life, underscoring the program’s mission to continue to support students in achieving their career and leadership goals following graduation.
This small group from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship provides a safe, comforting, and fun Bible study specifically for Chicanos/Latinos. You do not have to be Christian, the organization is open to anyone willing to listen and explore. Activities include twice weekly meetings, Chicano/Latino family nights, and sports nights at the recreation center, too.
Jorge Delos Santos, email@example.com
LaFa is a Queer/Latina/o student organization that seeks to bridge the gap between the Latina/o and Queer communities and create a safe space of its own to explore, support and educate everyone in imperative issues that affect Queer and Latina/o communities simultaneously. Their goal is to fight for self and group respect while ensuring cultural preservation, community activism, empowerment, and the unrestrained self. Activities include the Queer Latino Youth Conference, which features educational workshops, and Culture Nights at UCR.
Lambda Sigma Gamma seeks to instill the desire for self-improvement, scholastic excellence and civic responsibility in its members, while promoting unity and higher education amongst women.
Lambda Theta Alpha’s goals are to create a sisterhood based on unity, love, and respect; provide social and cultural activities; participate in charitable and educational programs; offer promotion through leadership; maintain high academic standards and serve as a voice for the Latino community.
Lambda Theta Nu’s purpose is to open doors of opportunity to the Latinas in our community. Its primary focus is academic excellence and providing an environment for personal growth within a unit of sisterhood. Activities include the Latina Youth Leadership Conference, fundraising for Literacy Grams (an organization that grants money and books to Latino education programs) and other national philanthropy endeavors. Please see our scholarships page for information on the Lambda Theta Nu Latina Scholarship Award.
LSU is a sisterhood dedicated to promoting cultural awareness, community involvement and academic success. Activities include the Little Sister Mentor Program (a tutoring program for girls at Union Middle School), Cleaning the Streets, soccer clinics, Relay for Life, and volunteering at soup kitchens and nursing homes.
Courtney Kelley , firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (818) 310-7248
The LBSA provides opportunities for those majoring in business administration to gain exposure to businesses and companies through conferences, workshops and speakers.
LIS seeks to increase student involvement in the professional health and science fields and promotes academic excellence and support networks through its information and programming.
Edgar Ortega email@example.com
The purpose of LMSA is to unify and provide a voice to all Latino and underrepresented medical students, and to educate and sensitize the entire medical community to the specific needs and differences of Latino and underrepresented Inland Empire communities regarding health and human well-being. It will be an advocate for the rights of Latinos and underrepresented Inland Empire communities, and it will educate medical students on health issues specific to those communities, while improving the health care delivery to those communities. In addition, it will actively promote the recruitment and retention of Latino and underrepresented students at all levels, and it will retain its members in the health professions programs by supporting academic and social activities and by fostering close ties among its members. LMSA will provide leadership opportunities and promote volunteerism among its members, and it will provide network with other organizations at the local and national levels to achieve common objectives.
The Latin American Student Association at UCR was established to provide cultural, political, educational, and community-based participation in issues regarding Latin America and the Latino community. It provides resources and opportunities for others to learn about and celebrate Latin American cultures and traditions, become more aware of current issues facing Latin America, become politically involved in these issues, and become more active in the Latin American and local Latino community.
MALCS de UCR is comprised of mostly Chicana/Latina women, united for the empowerment, liberation, and education of our community. Their goal is to create a supportive and safe space for women of color across all academic disciplines at UCR. Activities include mentoring the next generation, sustaining relationships with predecessors, attending and speaking at the national MALCS Summer Institute, and networking and collaborating with MALCS chapters across the country. All women are welcome to join.
MEChA works for the educational, cultural and political advancement of La Raza and strives for the complete liberation and empowerment of our people in Aztlan. Outreach programs include three youth conferences: The Empowerment Conference, Camp Escalera and Dia Del Nino; plus the Immigration Summit, Fast For Life, fundraisers, MEChA Summer Leadership Camp, and additional cultural and political events.
Mujeres Unidas is a women's group committed to serving the community through its activities. It seeks the empowerment of la mujer by lending moral support, assistance, and encouraging academic achievement. Activities include the North High School Mentor Program, the Mujer Conference for high school students, the Breast Cancer Workshop, Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive, the “Mujeres: Asi Somos” photography exhibition, and various other community service and fundraising events.
Nu Alpha Kappa seeks to unite and involve all students in a harmonious, brotherly atmosphere through academic, social and cultural means. Activities include volunteering at local animal shelters and organizing the annual NAKland Children’s Carnival.
Nuestra Cosa serves as a bridge of communication between la raza on campus and the community at large. The publication and its connected UCR course, offer students the opportunity to work on developing a progressive press. Students and community members can write articles, help with layout and create art for the newspaper, too. See our Nuestra Cosa page for more information.
Malfada Guerra, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student organization PODER creates a safe environment for students who identify as AB 540. It also holds the responsibility to educate fellow students, youth, the Riverside community and faculty at all educational levels, about laws that allow undocumented students to continue their education.
Each year, PODER offers its Ofelia Valdez-Yeager Scholarship to students who identify as AB540, do not qualify for federal or financial aid, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate community involvement. For application procedures and deadline, please see the Ofelia Valdez-Yeager Scholarship application.
PODER’s annual Un Dia de Celebracion con Educacion Conference provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about higher education for all, A-G requirements, students’ rights, how to fund an education and more. Its annual Keeping Dreams Alive Banquet helps generate scholarship money to benefit AB 540 Students.
PODER’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=79120987012
Contact: Juan Lopez, email@example.com
Ricardo Vargas, 951-827-2379, Ricardo.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Martinez, 909-396-5474, Catherine.email@example.com
The purpose of this organization shall be to provide the tools necessary for freshmen and transfer students to succeed at UCR. This intent will be reached by pointing out resources on campus, through workshops, by building a strong community in UCR, and by connecting the student with many more Puentistas so as to ease his transition and help succeed.
Radio Aztlan is KUCR’s award-winning Chicano/Latino alternative radio program. You can listen live each Friday night from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Programming highlights música Chicana and is designed to preserve, educate and entertain. It has a wide-ranging audience throughout the Inland Empire and beyond. Radio Aztlan and Chicano Student Programs host the annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival each April. The festival provides a platform for many talented regional and underground Chicano/Latino musical artists and also distributes awards for lifetime achievement. Please see our Radio Aztlan page for more information.
Teresa Flores Urista, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (510) 467-4208
R'beat was founded to bring the UCR and Riverside community together and get in touch with the Latin Culture. Typical Latin dances that will be taught by R'beat will be Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Corridos, and Banda. Aside, from teaching its members to dance, R'Beat is also big on community service. Part of the requirement of being a member is to perform community service by reaching out to high schools and teaching choreographies and dance moves.
Danielle Fernandez, UCRSalsaClub@gmail.com
The purpose and mission of The Salsa Club at UCR is to create a passionate and supportive
student community that aims to share the skill, knowledge, and joy of salsa dancing
and related dances. We provide instruction in the basics of salsa, bachata, kizomba,
merengue, cha cha cha, which are all dances growing in popularity within local salsa
clubs and Latin dance clubs. We aim to provide an environment where practice of the
above dances can be executed, to provide a social network that focuses on dancing
events and activities, and to provide a portal for individuals with similar interests
to meet and interact. Our goal as the new generation of the Salsa Club at UCR is to
ensure a continued, thriving existence for the club with the addition of a very supportive
network of alumni in the salsa community as a way for the members of the Riverside
Salsa Family to continue growing and supporting this gateway to a life-long gift of
dance, friendship, and perhaps love!
SACNAS is a society dedicated to supporting and promoting the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists, ranging from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and leadership positions.
Luis Esquivel, email@example.com
Sigma Lambda Beta is a newer Latino fraternity at UCR. Through the efforts of the seven “Highlander Boys,” the Riverside Betas became part of the UCR Greek community in 2010.
Sigma Pi Alpha seeks to create a close network of Latinas who want to make a difference in their community. The group addresses the academic, cultural, communal and social needs of members, and also works to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is a national organization of professional engineers that serve as role models in the Hispanic community and provide networking opportunities nationwide.
Jorge DeLos Santos (President), firstname.lastname@example.org
Through its dramatic performances, TQS enhances cultural awareness and instills pride in Chicano/Latino culture by educating students and the public about history and current events. TQS also hosts the annual Poesía Peligrosa, an open mic and cultural awareness night.
Oscar Anaya, email@example.com
Members of "Casa de Hermanos" strive for academic excellence and liberation by serving the community and sharing Chicano/Latino history with others. Activities include the annual Thanksgiving basket and toy drive, soccer clinic and Chicano/Latino Youth Conference.
Abigail Menjivar, firstname.lastname@example.org
USEU is a Salvadoran student organization whose mission is to empower the Salvadoran community through the promotion of higher education by developing an awareness of cultural, political, and economic issues that directly affect the Salvadoran community; preserving the historical and cultural identity of El Salvador; and mobilizing the Salvadoran student population to take action through higher education.
Passion, family and empowerment: these are some of the values founder and President Vanessa Fulladosa had in mind when she created the Women’s Club Soccer at UCR. This competitive team is open to all UCR students, but the majority of its members have been historically Chicana.
Women’s Club Soccer at UCR plays in the West Coast Soccer Association league against other universities throughout California. Games start in October and continue through June. The team challenges and pushes one another, but is a family as well. Team goals include playing at a competitive level, relieving the stress and pressure of college life, and empowering women while displaying passion and love for the game.