Common Ground Collective 

Members of the Ethnic Gender Programs Standing in front of UCR Sign  


The LGBT Resource Center is proud to be a part of UCR’s Common Ground Collective. The collective is comprised of UCR campus departments, staff, current students, alumni and community members with shared positive goals. Members are passionate about community building, diversity training and social justice education. The Common Ground Collective includes:

Diversity Initiatives

Phone: 951-827-6095
Location: HUB 381
Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Diversity Initiatives is a part of the Dean of Students. Diversity Initiatives raises multicultural awareness at UCR and encourages making connections across our differences. Programs facilitate understanding and positive relationships while honoring the complexity of diversity and identity. Events include film and speaker series, diversity training, special student workshops and more.

Ethnic & Gender Programs

Ethnic and Gender Programs creates multiple opportunities for students to engage in cultural growth and development while building the skills needed to lead and succeed in a diverse world. Through student support services, community involvement, multicultural events and leadership training, the Ethnic and Gender programs prepare students to invent the future of our global community.

In addition to the LGBT Resource Center, Ethnic and Gender Programs is comprised of:

These offices share common goals of supporting UCR students, celebrating cultures, and improving the lives of the people on this, the most diverse UC campus.

International Education Center

Phone: 951-827-4113
Fax: 951-827-3778
Location: University Village, Suite 204
Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m.-noon and 1- 5 p.m.

The International Education Center provides services for international students, students interested in studying abroad and students who need advising for the Fulbright Program.

Student Special Services

Phone: 951-827-3861
Fax: 951-827-4218
Location: 125 Costo Hall
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., other times by appointment

Student Special Services is committed to making sure that every student at UCR is able to make the most of their university experience. Efforts include ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to educational programs and campus life; providing services for military, veterans and family members; connecting students with ROTC; facilitating voter registration and more.

The Well

Phone: 951-827-9355
Location: HUB 248
Office Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Well is UCR’s source for true health and wellbeing, providing resources in the areas of physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellness. Programs range from health screenings and support groups to drug abuse education and tools that help students and staff cope with stress and depression.

Annual Common Ground Events

Building Our Common Ground Workshops

During Highlander Orientation, all incoming students participate in community building activities facilitated by members of the Common Ground Collective. Student facilitators serve as representatives for the Highlander Community and are active participants in workshops.

Student facilitators lead peer-to-peer discussions following the exercise, with additional support from professional staff. The student facilitator’s role during the activity and discussion is to:

  • Create positive peer-to-peer interactions for incoming students.
  • Facilitate understanding and insight into the complexities of diversity
  • Focus on the nature of building relationships and establishing community

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator next summer, please contact Marcela Ramirez at 951-237-7233 or email

The Common Ground Retreat

This leadership retreat brings students from varied backgrounds together to define points of connection and develop collective responses to issues affecting them at UCR. Students unite, create joint projects and continue to collaborate after the retreat is over.

For questions, please contact Marcela Ramirez at 951-237-7233 or email

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