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Underground Scholars Initiative

February 19, 2019

Dear Senate Colleagues,

I write to remind you of the upcoming February 26 Division Meeting for the UCR Academic Senate, from 1-3 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium (1102A). A full agenda will be coming this week.

(Please note the earlier start time of 1:10pm).

The Special Theme for the Winter 2019 Division Meeting is "Introducing the Underground Scholars Initiative."

The Underground Scholars Initiative has multiple chapters across the UC system, and has gained international recognition. Founding members have been featured in a “60 Minutes” interview with Oprah Winfrey. USI’s goal is to build a pathway for formerly incarcerated and system impacted students to access and thrive in higher education. UCR’s Underground Scholars are contributing to the growth of our campus community by providing a supportive space for formerly incarcerated students to network, organize, and use their educational success as a counter-narrative to the many stereotypes they encounter on a daily basis.

USI members are working closely with schools and community organizations in the Inland Empire that advocate on behalf of formerly incarcerated people and provide them with the necessary resources and opportunities to succeed. USI at UCR is especially dedicated to disrupting the flow of “at-risk” youth between schools and prisons, and provides mentorship programs for children and young adults in the Riverside community to enable their transition to higher education.

I am honored to serve as the faculty co-advisor with Prof. João Costa Vargas (Anthropology) for the new UCR chapter of the Underground Scholars Initiative (USI). Members of this campus organization have accepted my invitation to discuss USI’s mission at the February 26 Division Meeting:

  • Alejandro Ruvalcaba, 4th-year transfer (UCR student), Graduating Spring 2019
  • Carlos Cruz, 4th-year transfer (UCR student), Graduating Spring 2019
  • Yvette Salazar, 5th-year transfer (UCR student), Graduating Spring 2019
  • Brisely Martinez, 4th-year UCR student, Graduating Spring 2019
  • Alexia Carillo, 3rd-year transfer (UCR student), Graduating Spring 2020
  • Raul Armenta, UCR alumni, Graduated Spring 2018
  • Ramon Leija, 4th-year transfer (UCR student), Graduating Spring 2019

I hope you will join me in welcoming these students and their new organization to our campus on February 26.


Basic Needs and Food Insecurity

December 5, 2018

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

My thanks to the Basic Needs and Food Insecurity Working Group for speaking to the Special Theme at our December 4, 2018 Division Meeting. As promised, we are posting their informational slides here:

Basic Needs


General Education Review Committe Charge

December 5, 2018

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Please take time to examine the full Charge for the General Education Review Committee, linked here. I look forward to updating the campus on the Gen Ed Com’s progress after it convenes.



From Kim A. Wilcox

October 12, 2018

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

As I begin my sixth year as Chancellor, I remain as excited about UCR’s future as when I first arrived. The talents and successes of the faculty created our national prominence and are what drew me to UCR in the first place.

While the last five years have been exciting and rewarding, they have not been without their challenges. In response, I have tried to listen to the advice and feedback that I’ve received and adjust my actions as appropriate; but I realize that additional improvements can always be made. It is in that spirit that I write to you, today.

The Academic Senate solicited feedback on my first five years this past Spring. I read the resultant report carefully and am taking the advice that it contained seriously. Moving ahead, I look forward to future consultation with the Senate. I would also offer anyone with advice or perspective on how I might best serve the campus, a personal invitation to share their thoughts with me. A lot has changed in five years and what was apt in 2013 may not be as suitable today. Thus, I would appreciate continuing the dialogue about how I may best engage with all of our campus stakeholders today and beyond.

I am always eager to meet with individuals or groups in person; but would also appreciate e-mails, notes, letters, or any mode that works for you.

I look forward to your thoughts and to continue working on behalf of the university.


Welcome Back From Chair Rodríguez

October 5, 2018

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve had a solid summer and are ready for the new school year. I’m back for my 18th year as a UCR faculty member and the start of my second term (and 3rd year) as your Academic Senate Chair. The most significant project to be undertaken by the Senate (and thus, all of us) in the coming year will be the full review of UCR’s General Education curriculum, including a transformative reflection on our breadth requirements, collective pedagogical mission, and scholarly-intellectual obligations to a student body that is fundamentally different than it was during the last such full review (about 40 years ago!). I look forward to the debate, creative sharing, and critical thought that will characterize this process. I believe our work at UCR will be constructively altered by this work.

I have once again made myself available to all departments on campus if you wish to invite me to one of your regularly scheduled faculty meetings. (I never have an agenda for these visits, other than to re/introduce myself to everyone and engage in a collective conversation about whatever you wish to discuss.) My email address is dylan.rodriguez@ucr.edu and my cell phone number is 951-756-4713. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to talk for any reason at all.

I am forwarding a few other items of interest below. I hope all of you will plan to attend the Fall Divisional Meeting of the Academic Senate on Tuesday, December 4, at 1:10 pm in the Genomics Auditorium (Room 1102A).

Dylan Rodriguez
Chair of the Riverside Division of the Academic Senate
Professor, Department of Media and Cultural Studies


UCR Healthy Campus Inaugural Celebration
Thursday, October 11 from 11 am – 1 pm
Bell Tower/Upper Plaza
This event is open to UCR students, staff, and faculty

For event details including featured speakers (click here)


Site visit by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
October 24-26, 2018

For details regarding the WASC site visit (click here)

White Paper on RUSD STEM High School

August 7, 2018

Dear Senate Colleagues:

I am pleased to circulate the administration's "Summary White Paper on RUSD STEM High School on the campus of the University of California, Riverside," recieved from PEVC Larive on July 23, 2018. Much thanks to the Committee on Faculty Welfare and various faculty colleagues for initiating this vital and important discussion on a significant prospective project.

Summary White Paper on RUSD STEM High School


Committee on Research Survey Report

June 27, 2018

Dear Senate Colleagues:

We are indebted to the Committee on Research and Chair Amit Roy-Chowdhury for successfully conducting the Research Support Survey.

We have posted the Survey Report on the Senate's homepage here: (Report), please take a look when you have a moment as it offers campus-wide insight.

I hope you're all having some fun in the early summer.


Riverside Division Meetings

The following meetings will be held at 1:10pm in Genomics Auditorium, Room 1102A:

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