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.

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Ancient ocean slowdown warns of future climate chaos
<p>A UC Riverside study shows how extreme heat in Earth’s past caused the exchange of waters from the surface to the deep ocean to decline. A similar slowdown, which would cause climate chaos, will happen at the end of this century if carbon emissions do not abate.</p>
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<p>Crater 2, located approximately 380,000 light years from Earth, is one of the largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. Extremely cold and with slow-moving stars, Crater 2 has low surface brightness. How this galaxy originated remains unclear.</p>
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Carl Cranor, distinguished professor of philosophy at UC Riverside, on Monday, June 10, 2024. (UCR/Sandra Baltazar Martinez)
Carl Cranor retires after 53 years of teaching at UC Riverside
<p>The distinguished professor of philosophy is a renowned expert on morality, science, and law.</p>
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