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Hispanic Success is Target


UC Riverside Chancellor is Reminded of His Parents at White House Signing Ceremony

Success for Hispanic Students is the Goal of the President, and the goal of UC Riverside

(October 22, 2010)

Chancellor Timothy P. White. Photo credit: Lars WaltonEnlarge

Chancellor Timothy P. White. Photo credit: Lars Walton

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -– RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -– UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White wondered what his parents would have thought Oct. 19 as President Barack Obama signed an executive order that reauthorizes the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. White joined the President and about 300 others from around the nation in the East Room of the White House.

In an interview with a radio host that morning, the Chancellor spoke about his parents, who moved the family from Argentina to the United States.

"I was the first in my family to go to college," White said. "I lost my parents about 10 years ago, but I think they are probably looking down. I often wonder what they would think about this. My father told me before he died that the reason he left Argentina back in the day was to create educational opportunities for me and for my brother. So this is very meaningful for me today."

UC Riverside has been recognized nationally for achieving equity in graduation rates. Caucasian and Chicano/Latino students graduate at approximately the same rates, 66 percent and 64 percent, respectively. UCR’s graduation rates are higher than most colleges or universities, according to a recent report from Education Trust.

The campus has been recognized nationally for achieving equity in graduation rates. Caucasian and Chicano/Latino students graduate at approximately the same rates, 66 percent and 64 percent, respectively. UCR’s graduation rates are higher than most colleges or universities, according to a recent report from Education Trust.

“The Chicano/Latino community is the fastest-growing racial ethnic group in the country, and their success in school will have a huge impact on the ability of this nation to compete in a global marketplace,” White said. “From outreach to the K-12 system, to grant and scholarship help, this campus is doing a great deal to create the next generation of Latino scientists, artists and entrepreneurs.”

Many people watched the speech and the signing ceremony on the Web.

Jessica Ulloa, a junior majoring in poltical science, was among those watching the ceremony on the Web in the HUB.

"I thought it might be affecting me," Ulloa said. "So, I was interested."

In 2008, UC Riverside earned a designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, and obtained a $3.3 million federal grant that funded a major expansion of UC Riverside outreach programs aimed at creating success for Hispanic and low-income students who transfer from community colleges to UCR to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Specific resources funded by the grant:
• Intensive outreach programs that place UCR teams on the six Southern California community college campuses — College of the Desert, Pasadena City College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Riverside City College; and the Moreno Valley and Norco campuses of the Riverside Community College District — reaching up to 1,200 students weekly;
• Signed contracts that guarantee qualified transfer students admission to UCR as science, technology, engineering or math majors;
• A new Transfer Resource Center on campus;
• A summer academic Bridge program, paid research internships, workshops and other continuing support once the students are on campus, to help them succeed.
Chancellor Timothy P. White had an excellent view of the signing of the executive order, as he joined the President and about 300 others from around the nation in the East Room of the White House. Photo credit: Timothy P. WhiteEnlarge

Chancellor Timothy P. White had an excellent view of the signing of the executive order, as he joined the President and about 300 others from around the nation in the East Room of the White House. Photo credit: Timothy P. White

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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