Melissa M. Wilcox Named Holstein Chair

Religious Studies scholar Melissa M. Wilcox has been named the Holstein Family and Community Endowed Chair in Religious Studies at UC Riverside.

The endowed professorship was established in 1991 by Riverside residents Robert and Loretta Holstein out of an abiding interest in religion and social justice.

Melissa Wilcox

Melissa M. Wilcox

“UCR has gained a tremendous colleague in the hire of Melissa Wilcox,” said Milagros Peña, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. “Not only does she bring fresh thinking to the study of religion with intersections in gender and community engagement, her scholarly work is well-recognized as truly interdisciplinary. I have followed Melissa’s career, given both of our interests in the study of religion, gender, and social movements. She is truly exceptional as a scholar whose work reaches beyond the academy.”

Pashaura Singh, chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Jasbir Singh Saini, endowed chair of Sikh and Punjabi Studies, said that the first Holstein Chair, Ivan Strenski, held this position for two decades, from 1995 to 2015.

Human Resources Earns Award for Inclusion at UCR

The California Department of Rehabilitation recognized UCR’s Human Resources for work on the inclusion of disabled employees on the UCR staff.

Marsha Marion, workplace health and wellness manager, accepted the award with colleagues at an event celebrating October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). UCR Human Resources partnered with the City of Riverside and the California Department of Rehabilitation on four events.

On Oct. 1 Professor Emeritus Eric Barr, a stroke survivor, performed his one-man show “A Piece of My Mind”; on Oct. 7 a campuswide event, “Walk and Roll” drew community members to walk the campus and participate in a fair; on Oct. 18 the California Department of Rehabilitation facilitated a “Windmills” workshop to raise awareness about the ways that employees with disabilities contribute to the workplace; and on Oct. 24, guest speaker Geri Jewell, a standup comedian with cerebral palsy, talked about her experience on the TV show “The Facts of Life.”

Did you miss the events? Check out highlights from the events via this slideshow:

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