Public Hearing on Student Diversity Set at UC Riverside on Friday, May 29

California Assemblymember Jose Medina is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

This student wanted to remember the late nights memorizing chemical structures. (2014 CNAS Commencement)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The California Assembly Committee on Higher Education will hold a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Friday, May 29 on UC Riverside’s diversity, and initiatives to serve low-income, first-generation undergraduate students.

Assemblyman Jose Medina, who serves the 61st district, is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. The hearing will be held in room 302 of the Highlander Union Building. Free parking is available that day in Lot 24.

All students and members of the larger campus community are invited to attend and provide public comment. The subjects that will be addressed:

  • Diversity in Access at UCR:  The Path to Preeminence
    Karthick Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., UCR Associate Dean, School of Public Policy
    Yolanda Moses, Ph. D., UCR Assistant V. Chancellor, Diversity, Excellence, and Equity
    Eddie Comeaux, Ph.D., UCR Assoc. Professor of Higher Education, Graduate School of Education
  • Closing the Achievement Gap at UCR:  Research and Practices
    Sue Teele, Ph. D., UCR Extension Associate Dean and Director of Education, Emeritus
    Steven Brint, Ph. D., UCR Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education and Director, College and Universities 2000 Study
    Michael McKibben, Ph.D., UCR Divisional Dean, Student Academic Affairs in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
    John Levin, Ed.D., UCR Professor, Graduate School of Education and Director, California Community College Collaborative
    Luciana Dar, Ph.D., UCR Assistant Professor of Higher Education
  • Funding the Needs of Underrepresented Students
    Maria R. Anguiano, MBA, UCR Vice Chancellor, Budget and Planning
    Bob Samuels, Ph. D., University Council—American Federation of Teachers

“Regardless of our students’ ethnic background or income level, they graduate at the same rates as our overall student population,” said UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, who will welcome the committee to campus.  “Few other universities in the country can stake this claim, making UCR a national model for diversity, academic success and opportunity for California’s future generation of leaders.”

One part of the discussion will include information about an effort to equalize per-student allocations across the UC campuses, which makes it clear that UCR receives lower funding levels than some of the other campuses.

Assemblyman Jose Medina

Assemblyman Jose Medina

“The committee will examine UCR’s efforts to ensure access to success for all students, learn how other campuses can follow UCR’s model of growing a more diverse student body, and look at ways to ensure an ongoing, equitable funding structure that meets the financial needs of UCR and other campuses, as they educate underrepresented students,” said Medina. His committee is charged with analyzing university, state university, and community college systems, postsecondary education, and student financial aid.

Medina graduated from UC Riverside, earning a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies in 1974 and a master’s degree in history in 1984.


U.S. News and World Report 2013-2014 Best Colleges, ranked UCR 12th in the nation in diversity.

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