Chancellor Wilcox speaking at a Staff Assembly event


Ray of Light

If You Want to Go Far, Come Here

As Highlanders, our staff members are a part of the world’s most prestigious public university system, conducting meaningful work that propels thoughts and ideas forward. Their dedication and enthusiasm have helped to lift us higher as both a university and community. We’re among the top 1.3% of universities worldwide, according to the Center for World University Rankings, and continue to be named the nation’s leader for social mobility by U.S. News. In 2023, we also became members of the Association of American Universities, or AAU, comprised of the country’s leading research universities.

At UC Riverside, we want all of our Highlanders to feel a sense of belonging, motivation, and sustainable progress. That’s why we make sure our staff members receive exceptional benefits, in addition to the intellectual and cultural advantages of being a member of the UC community. Here, work-life balance is a priority. And with access to our region’s diverse geography, from the desert to the coast, as well as Riverside’s vibrant cultural and recreational activities, it’s also attainable.

On campus, diversity equals vitality. Among our senior leadership, 50% are women, many are first-generation college graduates, and several were born outside of the United States. All lead to inspire, inviting and encouraging staff to create, innovate, and accelerate bold ideas for transformative change.

Find your future at UCR.


Staff News

South Rec Mall steps
New northwest campus pathway opens
A walkway providing easier access at the northwest corner of campus, including to a new student housing complex, is now open. The South Recreation Mall project began construction in spring and was completed this month.
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Pitch competition
Pitch competition features Inland startup proposals
Inland Southern California startups competed for grants and mentorship at the SoCal OASIS Pitch Finals, hosted by UC Riverside’s Office of Technology Partnerships on Dec. 6. More than 180 people attended and six startups competed for $100,000 in grants and expert mentorship from the UCR EPIC Small Business Development Center (EPIC SBDC) for product and market development. The audience also participated in voting to select one of the startups to receive an additional $5,000 award.
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Employee making OJ at Scotty's store
Scotty’s selling OJ, new sandwich and salad varieties, and more
Freshly squeezed orange juice is back for sale at the Scotty’s convenience store at the HUB. It’s one of several new food and beverage products that UC Riverside Dining Services recently added to its stores. Campus customers may have also noted some new sandwich, salad, and snack options this quarter.
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Festival of Lights
Highlanders join Festival of Lights
UC Riverside returned to the Riverside Festival of Lights this holiday season offering treats and photo ops with Scotty the Bear. More than 570 visitors stopped by the “Bold Hearts, Brilliant Minds” booth on UCR Night at the Festival of Lights on Friday, Dec. 8. Festival goers, including students and alumni, received UCR-branded cookies, light-up necklaces, and the opportunity to enter a drawing.
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