Kremen School of Education and Human Development
What is Asian American Campus Communities and Resources?
As an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, Fresno State is working to better serve its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population. As an institution that enrolls a large Southeast Asian American (e.g., Hmong, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian) student population, efforts to better serve and support these populations are underway with various faculty and staff-led programs and projects intended to support success outcomes for AAPI students. Currently, Kremen faculty are involved in university level service with Asian Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA) to advocate for support for faculty as well as conducting research studies that advance access and opportunity for AAPI students at Fresno State and nationally.
Fresno State offers two institutional level supports for Asian and Pacific Islander faculty, staff, and students on campus.
- Asian Faculty and Staff Association – As president of AFSA (2020-Current), Dr. Varaxy Yi Borromeo worked with the board, comprised of Asian American faculty and staff, to offer workshops and listening sessions focused on understanding how the campus community has been impacted by xenophobia. Two other Kremen faculty (Dr. Earl Aguilera, Vice President; Dr. Rohit Mehta, Secretary) currently serve on the board.
- Asian Pacific Islander Programs and Services at the Cross Cultural and Gender Center offers student affairs and co-curricular support for Asian and Pacific Islander students through workshops and programs.
Currently, in fall 2022, 12% of the total enrolled student population identify as Asian. About 6.4% of this number are Southeast Asian American students.
In the last five years (2017-2021), on average 9% of students enrolled in Kremen degree programs identify as Asian. Many of these students identify as first-generation college students and come from low-income and/or immigrant/refugee backgrounds.
These students enroll in education graduate degree programs focused on training professionals to enter education fields from P-12 to higher education professions within the Central Valley and across the nation. Many of these students are committed to transforming these environments to better serve members of their community and create pipelines into higher education. Kremen faculty and staff are committed to supporting
In the News
- Fresno State recently received a federal AANAPISI grant to support AAPI students. Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi and Interim Provost Xuanning Fu are project directors. http://www.fresnostatenews.com/2021/11/09/1-2m-grant-supports-asian-american-pacific-islander-criminology-students/
- As AFSA president, Dr. Varaxy Yi Borromeo wrote this op-ed with the president in response to the rising xenophobia against Asian Americans during the pandemic: https://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article250539514.html
- Dr. Varaxy Yi Borromeo worked with Southeast Asian American alumni to write this article on xenophobia https://fresnoalliance.com/the-virus-of-anti-asian-racism/
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