The Highlander Day of Service pays homage to UCR’s national recognition as a leader in community service.

On Saturday, April 22, Highlanders from across the nation are encouraged to dedicate a portion of their weekend to giving back to their communities by organizing or participating in community service events. Suggested events include community clean-up, planting trees, food drives, or volunteering at a charity run.

Alumni, students, parents, and friends of UCR are all invited to participate. Groups participating in these events can be large or small. The Alumni Association will assist organizers in advertising to other alumni in their areas. Organizers are responsible for determining a project and communicating with volunteers who have signed up to participate.

Sign up for a local event. Times vary.

Can’t participate in this year’s event? Support UCR by making a donation to one or more projects.

Community Invited to Brown Bag on Autism and Neurodiversity

As part of Autism Awareness Month, the SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center will hold an informal brown bag to highlight the concept of neurodiversity and how it contributes positively to the fabric of our campus community. Neurodiversity frames the differences represented by autism spectrum as “normal variations” rather than some sort of pathology that needs to be addressed or eliminated.

The event will be held Thursday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in HUB 379 and will allow students, staff, and faculty to ask the questions they were always afraid to ask about autism. SEARCH staff will lead a guided discussion, as well as provide insights into Autism Spectrum Disorder and why everyone at UCR should care.

UCR Presents Powerful Migrations Conference

The Powerful Migrations conference will be held on April 27-28.

UCR and the Culver Center of the Arts will host “Powerful Migrations: Identity, Security, Fluidity,” an interdisciplinary conference that will focus on the complex challenges, the cultural fabric, and the social potential of displacement and migrations in various areas and time periods.

“The conference is an opportunity to expand the conversation beyond the doom and gloom,” said Kelechi Kalu, the vice provost of international affairs, and one of the organizers of the conference. “It allows us to examine migration from a more positive perspective. It’s not just the movement of people, but it is also the movement of national memories, of ideas and innovation.”

The conference includes the unveiling of a public art project of four stereo viewers made by the artist Arnold Martin. Each is loaded with five three-dimensional images drawn from the California Museum of Photography’s archive of more than 300,000 stereograph images. The project was organized by Susan Laxton, professor of art history at UCR, who curated the show along with her students.

Conference events will be held:

    • Thursday, April 27: at the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building Room 1113
    • Friday, April 28: at the Culver Center of the Arts at 3834 Main Street, Riverside, 92521

Complimentary parking tickets will be available for Lot 1 for main campus events, and parking is available for purchase for the downtown Riverside events at the various parking structures.

View the full schedule of events.

Food Fair: Gone Global 2017

ASPB presents Gone Global, a student organization showcase and food fair, free and open to the campus community.

  • Wednesday, April 26: 5 to 8 p.m. at the bell tower.

The international food fair is presented by International Affairs. The student organization showcase is presented by Student Life.

#NOMASBUTTS Campaign and Art Installation


A tree sculpture made of more than 50,000 cigarette butts collected from across California will be on display at UCR from April 24 to April 26.

The installation is meant to educate the campus community and public about the dangerous health effects of smoking and the negative impact the tobacco industry has on the environment.

The #NOMASBUTTS tree sculpture symbolizes the billions of trees cut down each year to create toxic cigarettes and cigarette packaging, as well as 135 million pounds of non-biodegradable cigarette butts littered in the United States every year.

The sculpture was created by Los Angeles-based, artist and director Cristobal Valecillos. Valecillos’ portfolio includes directing music videos for Madonna, Britney Spears and Rihanna.

Come out and see this compelling tree sculpture and learn more about what you can do to raise awareness. Clearing the Air Ambassadors and student volunteers will be available during various times of the day to provide information and resources:

  • Monday, April 24: 9- 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: 9- 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26: 9- 3 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer at this event or want more information contact:
Julie Chobdee, Wellness Program coordinator at


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