University of California, Riverside

Student Engagement

Educational Initiatives

educational initiatives

Undergraduate Education (UE) creates initiatives to promote undergraduate student success across the campus. Initiatives have included a wide array of student and faculty activities, such as Undergraduate Research in the Community, academic internships, student-initiated R’Courses, and upper-level capstone experiences.

Community-Engaged Learning

The Office of Undergraduate Education is partnering with Student Life, the Graduate School of Education, the Career Center, Riverside Unified School District, and The Community Foundation to expand and track opportunities for students to get involved in community service, service learning through courses, community academic internships, and community-based research. Please contact us via email at

Fall 2017 courses with a service learning component embedded include:

  • EDUC 100A: Tutorial Teaching - Community outreach through Upward Bound tutoring
  • EDUC 110: Learning Theories - Students are volunteering with Think Together, a local afterschool program
  • EDUC 005: Introduction to Education Studies - Students are volunteering with Primetime, Riverside's middle school afterschool programs
  • MCS 154: Media, Gender, and Violence - Students are volunteering with the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center and Women Wonder Writers
  • BUS 117: Advertising - Student groups are doing social media campaigns for 18 local non-profit organizations
  • Highlander Early Start Academy - More than 150 first year students are completing service learning activities with local community organizations

Spring 2017 courses with a service learning component embedded included:

  • EDUC 100A: Tutorial Teaching - Community Outreach
  • EDUC 160: Cognitive Development and Education
  • ANTH 160: Political Economy of Health
  • BUS 117: Advertising
  • HNPG 002B (A new course called "Engaging Riverside."  This course is selective (no more than 20 student leaders) and provides students with an opportunity for personal connections with leaders from across Riverside, as well as hands-on service with community organizations (approximately 2 hours/week).


R’Courses are 1 unit, S/NC offerings facilitated by UCR undergraduate students. Each course has a faculty instructor of record who provides mentoring and support behind the scenes. They are designed to develop leadership skills, innovate the undergraduate curriculum, and promote democratic, experiential education on campus. The Office of Undergraduate Education works with the R’Course Governing Board to review R’Course proposals, coordinate course activities with academic departments, facilitate student recruitment, and provide student facilitator training. For more information about R’Courses, please email (951-827-7739).


2017 Family Orientation

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