Multicultural Festival to Celebrate Campus Diversity and Community

Multicultural Festival celebrates UCR's ethnic and cultural diversity and brings campus and surrounding communities together

The UCR campus community is invited to attend the Multicultural Festival, an event that will celebrate UCR’s diversity and help connect UCR students, staff and faculty with the surrounding community.

The festival will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 950 Spruce St., Riverside. The event is free and open to the general public.

Attendees will enjoy live music, participate in various activities to win prizes and enjoy a wide variety food. Free parking will be available.

The event will feature performances by UCR’s Ballet Folklorico, drumming and dancing from the UCR Taiko Ensemble and Native American Student Programs and a children’s performance of “Thriller.”

Participants will also learn about different community resources, volunteering and internship opportunities, free community lunches provided by St. George’s Episcopal Church and available campus resources, clubs and organizations.

More than a dozen student organizations will be tabling with information and selling food items.

The event, the first of its kind, was created through a collaborative effort between St. George’s Episcopal Church and UCR staff. Reverend Khushnud Azariah of St. George’s approached the campus about letting UCR students know about the church’s food bank and free meals. After brainstorming, different campus departments met several times throughout the summer and decided on a festival that celebrates UCR’s diversity.

“It’s important that we as a people learn to understand and respect diversity.  This event is an opportunity to nurture and grow that understanding and respect,” said Romanie Arterberry, student affairs officer and interim director of the Women’s Resource Center, who helped organize the event.

The event is cosponsored by St. George’s Episcopal Church and the UCR African Student Programs, Asian Pacific Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, Middle Eastern Student Center, Native American Student Programs and Women’s Resource Center.

For more information about the event, contact Romanie Arterberry at or (951) 827-3337.

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