2003-2004 Annual Report

Committee on Cultural Diversity



This year the LAUC-R Diversity Committee is on hiatus. However, UCR has a variety of diversity organizations and programs promoting both cultural and social diversity throughout campus.  The UCR Libraries sponsored many activities to offer opportunities for library staff and the campus community to learn about different cultures and the value of diversity.

The UCR Libraries’ Author Series hosted the following presentations on diversity topics for 2003:

Deborah Wong, an associate professor of Music, and George Fujimoto, Jr. (a Japanese immigrant) presented their collaboration on the edition of Mr. Fujimoto’s Internment Camp Diaries.

Eric Elliott, director of the Takic Language Revitalization Project, partnered by the Pechanga Nation and UC Riverside, spoke on his work in keeping Native American languages alive through his teaching and publishing.

Piya Chatterjee, assistant professor of Women’s Studies, discussed her book, A Time for Tea: Women, Labor, and Post/Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation.

Deborah Dozier, alumna of UCR’s Ph.D. program in Anthropology and professor of American Indian Studies at Palomar College, and JoMay Modesto spoke about their work-in-progress on the female descendents of the famed Ramona.

In August, the UCR Libraries hosted the Western Archives Institute for Native American and Trbal Archists for a day of training in preservation. There were 27 attendees from all over the country, Hawaii and Canada who had been accepted for the two week program.

Following the Paul Chou collection, the UCR Libraries this year received another major collection (more than 5,500 volumes) on Asian Studies from Him Mark Lai, the most well known scholar in Chinese American history. Vice Chancellor Robert Nava of University Advancement invited local Chinese community and business leaders to campus. The Vice Chancellor planned a series of such events to strengthen the relationship of the campus with the Chinese community in Southern California.

The Libraries Special Collections houses many excellent multicultural collections, such as Hispanic and Latin American History and Culture, Native American Studies, Literacy and Cultural Studies, etc.

This year 19 more UCR diversity resources were added to the 2 existing resources on the LAUC Resources on Diversity Web page.

UCR has a Chancellor’s Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity. This committee represents the Divisions on all matters of affirmative action and diversity in the employment of women and ethnic minorities at UCR. It conducts continuous surveillance for evidence of discrimination in employment practices on this campus, and makes recommendations for improvement in specific practices and general policy.

UCR has several active women organizations. Women in Coalition (WIC) organized as a faculty-student collective conducting research and activist projects on and off campus. Key projects for this year included the following: Women of Color Conference, Riverside Area Welfare Advocacy Network, Small Grants Competition and Feminist Media Project.

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status Women (CSW) hosted quarterly Town Hall Meetings to provide opportunities for all women on campus to share issues, interests and concerns.

There were a variety of diversity student activities organized by student associations this year. In the annual World Fest celebration in October, members of UCR student organizations prepared a variety of dishes representing their culture as part of the celebration and enlightenment about our diverse world. The American Indian Alumni Association held monthly meetings and quarterly social events when students and their families were invited for BBQ, bowling and trips. In the Native American Celebration, students learn different skills such as beading, dancing, and singing. Other activities included Chinese New Year Celebration, Hillel Jewish Student Union event, etc.

Ying Shen
UCR Representative to the LAUC Committee on Diversity