College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences


The diversity of the people of California has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the state’s history into the present. Diversity of backgrounds and experiences makes our community and our science stronger. We embrace diversity across race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, religion, disability, socioeconomic background, political affiliation, ability status, marital status, and the span of personal realities to which individuals may identify.

The Chemistry Department at UC Riverside is committed to providing an inclusive environment for chemical research, service, and education in the Riverside community. Our department seeks to actively remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented. Below we describe ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity in our department and UCR-specific resources.


Departmental Efforts to Promote Inclusivity and Diversity:

  • Participation in UCR Grad Edge and Graduate Student Mentoring Programs
  • Providing scholarship opportunities for students committed to making chemistry equitable and inclusive to all groups
  • Building a diverse faculty cohort through Advancing Faculty Diversity searches
  • K-12 outreach programs throughout the Riverside Unified School District and Moreno Valley School District
  • Regular re-examination of our department’s climate of inclusion

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair (Dr. Tim Su) has walk-in office hours to discuss DEI-related ideas or issues on Mondays from 3-4 PM in Chemical Sciences 424. Meetings can also be made by appointment by emailing Dr. Su at


Key Resources:

UCR Graduate School Application Fee Waivers

UC Riverside offers graduate school application fee waivers to applicants who demonstrate financial need, or to applicants who attended qualifying program, conferences, and fairs that aim to increase diversity (list of eligible programs). In addition, the Chemistry Department offers fee waivers for applicants to our Ph.D. program with GPA ≥ 3.4.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCR

Our department encourages undergraduates at UC Riverside to get involved in chemical research. The website above provides UCR students with advice on getting in touch with UCR faculty who have aligning research interests via email. While undergraduate research commonly occurs on a volunteer or for-credit basis, the website above provides a comprehensive list of research programs that provide UCR students with financial support for their research efforts.

Diversity at UCR

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offers resources and support in DEI-related issues. This site provides a list of resources for complaint resolution. This is a good place to start if you have an inclusion issue and are not sure who you can talk to or how to address it.

Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC)

In the early 1960s, UCR became one of the first universities in the nation to make its campus wheelchair accessible and offer services for all students with disabilities. Today, the SDRC's highly qualified team provides assistance to a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with permanent and temporary disabilities.

UCR Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE)

CARE (Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education) is an intervention and prevention support program committed to ending sexual violence at UC Riverside. We seek to unite, inspire and cultivate a community culture of care by providing direct advocacy, resources and prevention educational programming related to issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking to students, staff, faculty and UCR affiliates.  

Equal Employment & Affirmative Action at UCR


Incident Reporting

UCR Ombudman’s Office (confidential reporting)

The Ombuds Office is an impartial resource where anyone (including faculty, staff, and students) with a UCR-related concern can explore potential options, resources, and strategies in an informal, confidential setting. Confidential consultations with the Ombuds office do not constitute notice to the University.

UCOP Whistleblower

UC Systemwide Reporting of Acts of Intolerance


University Organizations

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) at UCR Twitter Instagram

Chicano Student Programs

Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC)

LGBT Resource Center

LGBTQ+ Faculty List

Women’s Resource Center

Black Faculty and Staff Student Association

African Students Program

Native American Student Programs

Asian Pacific Student Programs


Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy

It is the policy of the University of California Riverside not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. Furthermore, University policy prohibits retaliation against any member of the University community filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment. This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws and University policies.


UCR Land Acknowledgement

We at UCR would like to respectfully acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of this land, water, and air: the Cahuilla [ka-wee-ahh], Tongva [tong-va], Luiseño [loo-say-ngo], and Serrano [se-ran-oh] peoples and all of their ancestors and descendants, past, present, and future. Today this meeting place is home to many Indigenous peoples from all over the world, including UCR faculty, students, and staff, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these homelands.


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