This is Fresno’s first grant from the US Department of Education’s AAPI program to support Asian American and Pacific Islander students.
Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi states that the $ 1.25 million grant has been something the university has been working on for the past five years.
“I’m very happy, but at the same time, I feel a greater responsibility,” said Dr. Takahashi, the interim vice dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
She said she always has a responsibility to support and prepare AAPI students with an interest in criminology and forensic behavioral science.
“Many of my classmates, not just me, feel that this is probably not enough,” said Lisa Zion, a forensic behavioral science major. “It’s a little scary because most of us are first generation students because we don’t have that expression in the field we want.”
Xiong is part of 6% of AAPI students majoring in criminology, Fresno’s largest major.
According to Dr. Takahashi, some AAPI families do not believe there are many employment opportunities in this area.
“In fact, it covers a variety of areas, including orthodontics, courtrooms, mental health, and victim support,” she said.
Dr. Takahashi believes that representatives are important in criminology. This grant helps people with criminal justice careers to better serve the Central Valley.
The five-year grant aims to improve outreach activities within Fresno’s AAPI community and attract more students to the program. The grant also funds work-based learning experiences, culturally sensitive service training, and peer mentoring programs for AAPI students.
Fresno State University hopes to prepare the program by next spring semester.
Xiong said he was looking forward to it.
“There is a sense of belonging and a sense of inclusiveness,” said Xiong. “I think it’s very important to have a support system and a mentor who can help us throughout our career journey.”
Both state that the grant not only demonstrates Fresno State University’s commitment to diversity, but also addresses the needs of minority students.
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