Join the Middle Eastern Student Assembly (MESA)
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 UCR community.
To get involved with MESA, follow them on all social media platforms (@MESAUCR) and join on Highlander Link!
Join the MESC Alumni Network
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 Eastern community!
Be a MESC Mentor or Mentee
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.
Join the Empowered Arab Sisterhood (EAS)
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.
Get Funding to Attend a Conference
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.
Apply for conference funding by filling out this application.
Live in Markaz
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.