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UC Riverside Holds Diversity Summit Nov. 19

The goal is to graduate a diverse population into the ranks of researchers, scholars and professionals

(November 13, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- A graduate diversity summit, set for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at the UCR Extension Center, will highlight successful strategies for recruiting and graduating diverse graduate students.

The summit is free and open to the public, one of a series of summits highlighting UC Riverside’s commitment to the value of a diverse population in the university community.

“The goal of this particular summit is to provide information, tools and strategies, to help the campus improve the graduate experience for diverse students ,” said Yolanda Moses, UCR’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Excellence & Diversity. “This summit could be helpful to graduate students, staff, faculty, department chairs, deans, alumni and members of the extended higher education community.”

The program begins with remarks from UCR’s Acting Chancellor Robert Grey and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Ellen Wartella.

“This is a subject that is critically important to our future,” said Grey, who was the provost at UC Davis before taking on the acting chancellor role at UCR. “Diversity is fundamental to UC’s ability to achieve its mission as a public institution and to maintain its quality and service to the state,” he said.

In fact, the UC Board of Regents adopted a policy at its September meeting that affirms the importance of diversity and identifies actions for improvement.

“We have an obligation not only to serve all segments of California’s population but also to produce graduates who will function well as members and leaders of a state that has historically been characterized by robust diversity,” said UC Provost Wyatt R. Hume.

UC Riverside is ranked number three in the nation for its undergraduate student body, according to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2007.”

“We need to make sure our graduate population and our faculty reflect the rich diversity that is obvious in our undergraduate population,” said Moses. “One way to improve the future of our university is to make sure we have a diverse pool of graduate students pursuing academic careers.” Previous summits have addressed diversity in the undergraduate population, in the faculty and among staff and administrators.

Breakout sessions at the upcoming Diversity Summit will provide information about the role of tenured faculty in promoting graduate student diversity; best practices in recruitment; and how to retain diverse students in a variety of programs. Recommendations from the summit will be collected and sent to the campus faculty, student and administrative leadership for action and implementation.

During lunch, the keynote speaker will be Daryl Smith, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at Claremont Graduate University. Her topic: “Institutional Strategies to Support Diverse Graduate Students.”

The University of California, Riverside ( 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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