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Black/African American Recruitment


Building Community and Student Success

UC Riverside’s Black/African American Recruitment (BAAR) program is dedicated to increasing UCR’s Black and African American student populations by building and fostering relationships with community partners and supporting initiatives that support student success and build community at UCR.

BAAR admission counselors attend college fairs and counselor summits; present at middle schools, high schools, and community colleges; and host outreach events with community-based, faith-based, and student-led organizations. They also do special presentations for school and community groups.



  • Conduct admission workshops for Black/African American students and their parents/guardians
  • Outreach through dedicated team of Black student admission counselors
  • Support and develop targeted college readiness programs and events
  • Recruitment events at local and regional K-12 schools
  • Share UCR’s campus culture at college fairs, and community and campus events

Upcoming Events

Work With Us

If your community group would like to partner with the Black/African American Recruitment team, please contact Black/African American Recruitment counselors, or email rcommunity@ucr.edu.

If your school group would like to schedule a presentation, please complete this form.


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Umoja at UCR

BAAR facilitates Umoja at UCR, an organization that supports currently enrolled and prospective Black transfer students.

Council of African American Parents (CAAP)
Council of African American Parents (CAAP)

UCR hosts CAAP events and supports their mission to enhance the educational opportunities of students through academics, social activities, and cultural awareness.

Blue, Gold & Black Podcast
Blue, Gold & Black Podcast

Produced by the BAAR team, UCR’s Blue, Gold & BLACK podcast brings students, campus leaders, and community partners together to explore the intersection of being Black and a UCR Highlander.

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25x25 Project

UCR hosts the 25x25 Project, a two-week in-person workshop series for young Black women in grades 9-12.

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Unity Day at UCR

UCR invites students and their families/friends to this free celebration where we laugh, dance, play, and connect with our Black CommUNITY.

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African American Academic Bowl

UCR hosts this team competition for Black high school students which fosters a deep understanding of Black history through a day of fun and great prizes.