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Puente Connection at UC Riverside

Puente Connection


Discover UCR's Puente Connection

UCR's Puente Connection student organization provides Puente Project participants, or “Puentistas,” with more opportunities to connect with UCR and build leadership skills. It's the first of its kind in the UC system and provides continual support to Puentistas who enroll at UCR. Puente Connection's network of admissions counselors and Puente Peer Mentors help students earn the UC degree they've always wanted! Support includes academic guidance, application assistance and help for a smooth transition to UCR. It's free, open to all students and services as a resource to help participants reach their academic and professional goals.

Puente Leadership Conference

UCR hosts a free 10-day residential program that brings together Puente Project participants from community colleges throughout California. 60 students will be selected to engage in activities that promote academics, leadership and community involvement. Participants will learn how to run a successful campaign, discuss issues affecting students in higher education and exchange ideas with Puentistas from across the state!

2020 UCR Puente Leadership Conference 

Puente Writers Conference

UCR hosts a free 6-day residential program that brings together Puente Project participants from community colleges throughout California. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own writing skills while learning from published authors who have become influential in their communities and nationwide. Students will learn about different literary genres and exchange ideas with other Puentista's from throughout the state. Participants will also engage in activities that promote academic preparation and community involvement. 

2020 UCR Puente Writers Conference

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Verazas

Admissions Counselor