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Dear Hispanic Studies students,
The faculty of the department writes in support of the UC Cops Off Campus Coalition’s day of statewide action on 10/1. In the wake of organizing for a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), many of our Black, Brown, and Indigenous students also faced the global health pandemic, ecological crisis, and the continued threat of racialized police violence. We must acknowledge that policing disproportionately violates Black, Brown, Indigenous, queer, trans, and poor peoples and immigrants and renders all members of campus and its surrounding communities less safe. We are committed to a public university that advances racial justice by ending such forms of harm, and we support students working towards this vision.

The Department of Hispanic Studies will not retaliate against undergraduate or graduate students who join the abolition events happening statewide on 10/1 or beyond for exercising their first amendment rights. Further, the department opposes any threat of retaliation that may come from the administration and stands beside our students in the struggle for racial justice and a more livable university environment for all.We are disappointed that the university has not yet taken substantive action to provide alternatives to policing in the face of incontrovertible evidence regarding the racialized harm it perpetuates. We call on the UCR administration to substantively respond to the calls for divestment from police and policing on our campus.

In solidarity,
Hispanic Studies Faculty


Welcome to the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. We are a diverse department of scholars and teachers whose primary goal is to explore with our students the rich and varied languages, literatures, and cultures of the Hispanic World. We offer a Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degree in Spanish for those students seeking undergraduate or advanced study, and we also provide the opportunity for students to study abroad in a Spanish or Portuguese-speaking country.

Equally important, we train students to think critically in an increasingly global community and to perceive complexity, similarity, and divergence in cultures from many points of view. Our task is deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition, and our graduates pursue careers in all walks of life.

For more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, our faculty, education abroad opportunities, and our Spanish language courses, please click on the appropriate links.

For questions or queries about graduate study in Spanish, contact the Graduate Advisor about academic content (Professor Marta Hernández Salván, martasal@ucr.edu) or the Graduate Student Affairs Officer regarding admissions (Seabrook Mendoza, seabrook.mendoza@ucr.edu).

Fall 2019 Department Welcome Dinner

Department of Hispanic Studies
University of California, Riverside
2401 HMNSS Building
Riverside, California 92521