Mission Statement
The Highlander Family Network is dedicated to making UC Riverside available to the families of our students because we understand the important role they have in their student's growth and education. We do this through the development and implementation of family-centered programming and civic engagement.

Welcome to the Highlander Family Network - creating space and community for families past and present.

The Highlander Family Network, previously the Parents Association, has been around since 1988, and was established to build connections and community with our current students’ family base. While this goal has remained the same, our reach has diversified. We are dedicated to creating community with all of our family partners, volunteering in and around our local area, and creating opportunities for families to feel like they too, are part of the Highlander family.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Whether your student is a prospective student, a current undergraduate student, or a graduate student, we have an entire website to make the scholarship process easier. Without scholarships, many of our students wouldn’t be able to attend university. If you’d like to give, you can find a scholarship that fits your needs to donate to by checking out the giving list of funds.

We have affinity based scholarships, needs based scholarships, department based scholarships, alumni based scholarships, athletics based scholarships, and many many more. By typing in the key word of your choice, you can help make a student’s educational dreams come true.

Calderón Family

Fanny Calderón, an English professor at Peru’s ESAN University, understands the importance of a college education and parent involvement. She has supported her daughter, Stephanie, from touring the campus to senior year. Stephanie has grown academically and personally as a global citizen, advocating for mental health through the Active Minds program and as an award-winning peer in International Student Programs. Fanny appreciates UCR’s welcoming atmosphere and parent programs. Fanny appreciates UCR’s welcoming atmosphere and parent programs, and she gives back by speaking at English and Spanish parent events.

Latest News

UCR nears its record for in-state freshmen
UC Riverside has released its enrollment numbers for fall 2023, showing a total student population of 26,426. It is an increase of more than 5,000 students from 10 years ago, when UC Riverside had 21,285 students. In the past 25 years, campus enrollment has more than doubled. Fall 2022 enrollment was 26,809. The number of California freshmen enrolled for fall 2023 was the second highest in UCR history, only 10 students fewer than the campus record. For fall 2023, UCR enrolled 5,209 California freshmen; in fall 2016, the record of 5,219 was set.
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Emmett Till exhibition
Emmett Till exhibition answered a call to action
When discussing the exhibition, “The Impact of Images: Mamie Till’s Courage from Tragedy,” Douglas McCulloh says, “Her decision to have an open casket and insist Black photographers be present wasn’t just courageous.” The casket was for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, “who was abducted, tortured, and lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman,” the exhibition text reads.
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Megalodon illustration
The Megalodon was less mega than previously believed
A new study shows the Megalodon, a gigantic shark that went extinct 3.6 million years ago, was significantly more slender than earlier studies suggested.
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Host of 'The Daily' podcast to deliver Hays P-E Lecture
Michael Barbaro, host of the popular New York Times podcast “The Daily,” will be the speaker at the 55th Annual Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture.  The event is free and open to the public, and will be Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre on the UC Riverside campus. Those planning to attend are asked to register in advance.
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