The Middle Eastern Student Assembly (MESA) is the student advisory board for the MESC
that is run for students and by students. MESA represents Middle Eastern student organizations
needs and concerns to campus administration as well as hosts events with the goal
of bringing together Middle Eastern students into a tighter community. MESA promotes
the education and awareness of all students about Middle Eastern culture within the
To get involved with MESA, follow them on all social media platforms (@MESAUCR) and
join on Highlander Link!
Congratulations on graduating! The end of your degree is just the beginning of your
success! Stay connected with MESC for networking opportunities, job postings, events
and student involvement by joining the MESC Alumni Network! Signing up is easy and
your participation is paramount to the growth of the MESC and the extended UCR Middle
Transitioning to college life can be challenging and intimidating for many reasons,
including adjusting to a new environment and academic curriculum, and navigating the
many organizations and resources available. MESC Mentors pairs up incoming first-year
mentees with a mentor to help with adjusting to college life, provide insight on academics
and introduce them to different aspects of campus life. Educational performance, social
involvement and personal growth are the key goals of the MESC Mentors program. If
you’re interested in being a mentor or mentee, submit an interest form below.
The Empowered Arab Sisterhood (EAS) at UCR is the newest chapter of the first Arab
sorority in the United States! EAS is a cultural organization that focuses on the
humanitarian aspects of the conflicts affecting Arab countries today. With a strong
philanthropic mission, EAS strives to make a difference in their community and in
affected communities all over the world. EAS has no religious or political affiliation
is open to all women with an interest in their mission.
MESC is committed to supporting the educational and leadership aspirations of our
students. We encourage students to apply for funding to conferences and leadership
events all over the country as we strive to make them as accessible as possible for
our students to attend, grow, learn and bring back insight and knowledge to our own
community. Some of the conferences that our students have attended include the Afghan
American Conference at UCLA and George Washington University and the Lebanese Collegiate
Network Conference at the University of Pennsylvania.
Markaz is a special interest theme hall founded by students seeking to help incoming
Highlanders have an easy transition to college life at UCR. Markaz seeks to be a safe
space that celebrates Middle Eastern culture and expands the consciousness and understanding
that students have of Middle Eastern culture and how it relates to other cultures
of the world. In conjunction with MESC, Markaz is committed to providing students
with educational support, peer mentorship and cultural awareness, while also encouraging
emotional and mental growth. Markaz strives to build a sense of unity and solidarity
within the Middle Eastern community through academic workshops, networking opportunities,
social functions, field trips and various cultural events.