The theme of this year's homecoming is Black by Popular Demand. UCR was ranked 6th in the nation for diversity. We want to celebrate the African American students, alumni and faculty that help shape the diverse landscape of UC Riverside.
The sub-theme and symbol of homecoming will be the Adrinka symbol Sankofa, "Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenki" meaning It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten. Alumni participation is the key factor in maintaining campus and community cultural solidarity, philanthropy and academic scholarship. We invite both alumni and current students to reconnect friendships and experience the spirit of Sankofa all week long.
We will be participating in Black History month events while adding some flavor of our own cultural flavor to the UCR Homecoming festivities. Other event highlights include a lecture on Malcolm X, an open mic poetry night, tours of the Pan Afrikan Theme Hall and a pre-homecoming tailgate.
The week begins with on Monday 2/27 with a graduate school roundtable, hosted by UCR Professor Scott Brooks. Students will connect with industry professionals with advanced and professional degrees who are making an impact in the fields of business, law, engineering, mathematics and higher education just to name a few. Participants include Anthony Moreira - M.B.A ,Atira Harris - M.B.A, Tiffany King Pepper-M.B.A , Natalie Robinson - J.D., Julius Abanise - J.D., Michael Batie - Ed.D, Lolita Lyles - M.Ed,Kristina Dill - M.S.,Leopold Green - M.S.
The source of any alumni organization's strength is in it's network and on Friday 3/2 alumni will have the opportunity to mix and mingle at the Crescent Jewell restaurant in downtown Riverside. Alums will meet and greet other professionals in a relaxed setting
To close out the week, Saturday 3/3 - the UCR Black Alumni Chapter is hosting a reception to celebrate the achievements of African American alumni and to honor the KUCR 88.3 Radio DJs from the beloved Soul on Sunday program. UCR alum Jasmine Watson will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.
The Soul on Sunday’s Radio program was broadcast for over 20 years and featured some 46 different radio disc jockeys with varying formats from Gospel to Hip Hop. The radio program was extremely popular in Southern California and was one of the earliest stations to broadcast hip hop and R&B in the Inland Empire and also served as the “voice” of African American students on campus and the surrounding community.
The event will also feature a keynote on Black Entrepreneurship by Dr.Carl Duncan c/o '84 and former BSU president. Attendees will be treated to a special performance by Khadija Bilal c/o 2013 and listening session for UCR alumnus Herb Partlow's recently released jazz project.
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