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

A thrown pie hitting a man's face, knocking off his glasses
When inflicting pain on others pays off
<p>In a groundbreaking paper published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, a UC Riverside marketing professor articulates the appeal of inflicting mild misfortune on others, such as tossing pies into faces, for the purpose of charitable fundraising. </p>
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Wildfire at night
Large wildfires create weather that favors more fire
<p>A new UC Riverside study shows soot from large wildfires in California traps sunlight, making days warmer and drier than they ought to be.</p> <p></p>
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Patricia Cardoso, award winning filmmaker, director, and UC Riverside professor in the Department of Theater, Film, and Digital Production. UCR/Stan Lim)
Patricia Cardoso is first Latina to join the Academy’s Board of Governors, director’s branch
<p>The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences welcomed five new first-time members, including Cardoso.</p>
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UCR campus beauty
Money magazine rankings put UC Riverside in top tier
<p>UC Riverside is one of only 54 universities to receive a 5-star ranking in Money magazine’s 2024 list of Best Colleges&nbsp;. It placed UCR in the top tier of the Money rankings, with a half-star improvement over the 2023 rankings, and in the top 7.2% of universities ranked nationwide.</p>
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