Dean of Student Services - Supported Services
The Office of the Dean of Student Services oversees the following Departments:
Disabled Student Program Services (DSP&S)
Disabled Student Programs and Services
provides appropriate, comprehensive, reliable and accessible services to over 1300 students at Riverside City College with documented disabilities who request such services. The program encourages academic achievement, independence, self-advocacy, and social inclusion.
DSP&S envisions a campus community where all individuals are seen as valued and contributing members of society. Respect for all will encompass everything we do. We are committed to the promotion of equal access and will strive to provide the opportunity for success of students with disabilities through collaboration with other college departments, local, state and national resources.
DSP&S strives to empower students who have disabilities by supporting access, retention, and success through appropriate, comprehensive, reliable, and accessible services. We will work to help students develop self-advocacy skills, empowerment, responsibility, independence, and personal growth. DSP&S also serves as a resource to faculty and staff in order to foster a commitment to campus-wide diversity and accessibility.
Funded by the State of California, the EOPS program provides academic support services for financially and educationally disadvantaged students. Services available include:
- Personal, academic, and career counseling
- Priority registration
- Supplemental book services
- One-on-one tutoring
- Transfer information and assistance.
will empower academically, at the risk, financially and educationally disadvantage EOPS/CARE students through exceptional “above and beyond” student services and strict educational plan monitoring.
The mission of Riverside City College EOPS/CARE is to support EOPS/CARE students in achieving their academic goals.
- To stimulate and support student interest in their intellectual, educational and vocational achievement.
- To recruit and retain underprivileged students.
- To provide personal and accessible services.
- To facilitate the transfer and career placement of students.
- To go “Above and Beyond” the traditional educational and student support programs of the college.
- To positively affect student self-concept and self-esteem.
Student Support Services (SSS) Trio Program
Upward Bound Program purpose is to meet all the program and reporting requirements for the TRIO Federal government grant.
To increase post-secondary enrollment and persistence for first-generation/income qualified students in pursuit of higher education through academic support, admissions and financial aid assistance, and cultural enhancement.
The program will provide a learning atmosphere for all students while challenging them to perform at their best in every academic endeavor.
The SSS Program at RCC provides comprehensive academic support services to low-income, first generation and disabled college students to increase their retention, graduation and transfer rates.
SSS is dedicated to a student centered approach that is sensitive to the unique needs of program participants, and proactively works to meet those needs through a comprehensive array of personalized support services.
The vision of RCC Upward Bound is to meet all the program and reporting requirements for the TRIO Federal government grant. The mission for this program includes the goal to increase post-secondary enrollment and persistence for first-generation/income qualified students in pursuit of higher education through academic support, admissions and financial aid assistance, and cultural enhancement. Upward Bound values a learning atmosphere for all students while challenging them to perform at their best in every academic endeavor.
Upward Bound Strengths and Accomplishments:
- Administrations at both high schools have been supportive of our efforts during the academic year and in our summer program.
- We have over 90% pass rate of standardized state test.
- We had our second graduating class of seniors this year.
- Participants applied to Private, UC, and CSU campuses.
Student Activities (ASRCC, Clubs and Student Government)
: The vision of the Student Activities program is to provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills.
The Student Activities Office assists students in establishing student government (ASRCC), clubs, and faculty club advisors. The student activities coordinators hosts a number of diversity related activities via student government, clubs and/or organizations. The Multicultural Advisory (MCAC) Council is part of the ASRCC executive branch that has a specific focus on diversity.
The Council is a microcosm of RCC students working together to encourage communication, educational awareness and to provide cultural programming that represents many of the different peoples that make up our RCC family and the surrounding community. The Council does this by co-sponsoring activities, assisting in promotions, and planning social and educational events to unite all clubs and people. Through this, the Multicultural Advisory Council hopes to foster an appreciation for cultural differences.
The Ujima Project
is a student success and leadership program with emphasis on faculty mentoring through intentional and deliberate interaction and through peer interaction and support. The Ujima Project has evolved from a program with one faculty for a selected group of African American students in 2003 to, in 2012, a program with a mentoring component that includes two primary faculty mentors—one of whom is the program coordinator, a student leadership/activity club, a dedicated facility for activities, and annual “hallmark activities.” In the 2009/2010 school year the program suffered a program cut of 75%, including the loss of an annual stipend for the program coordinator. To date the program is still suffering through the budget cuts with an annual program budget of about $2700. Most of the programmatic work is done by the coordinator, with significant assistance from a faculty co-coordinator. The Ujima Project, which in Swahili means “collective work and responsibility”, attempts to meet its mission through the aforementioned program components. Some of the more traditional activities include:
- End of year celebration honoring graduating members.
- Spring Initiation Luncheon.
- Field trips and college visits.
- End of semester holiday gift exchange.
- Volunteer at NAACP annual awards dinner.