Website: California State University Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative

The goal of the California State University (CSU) Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative is to improve college access and graduation achievement for Asian American and Pacific Islander students from underserved communities.

To achieve these goals the CSU AAPI Initiative developed the AAPI Ambassdor Program and Journey to Success.

 

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In 2011, the Initiative began hosting several college fairs for AAPI families named "Journey to Success." The events held at CSU campuses, provide families, students, community and religious leaders with information about college preparation, planning and financial aid.

Journey to Success is an educational, cultural, and empowering event for Asian American Pacific Islander Students and Parents.  During this event, the CSU Fresno AAPI Initiative partnered with the Hmong, Lao, Khmer, Vietnamese, and other API communities to bring over 450 local AAPI high school students and their families.

Student Ambassadors are trained liaisons and resources to the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.  This program identifies and implements strategies that would increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates.  The goals of the Student Ambassadors is to outreach to students, share information, provide mentorship, and support for student success at Fresno State.  Student Ambassadors are dedicated to working with AAPI students.

 

Role:

1. Additional support to enhance the educational experiences

2. Professional development opportunities

3. Networking opportunities

4. On and off campus resources

 

If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador please fill out your information here: 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ruBVHFL2LHiQJdFyKxPhyIrkszX998Ki4zpKE6GIq4Y  

 

Bao Vang

Bao Vang

Major: Liberal Studies

Year: Graduate Student

Future Goals: Multiple Subject Credential Program

Why did you become an ambassador? I became an ambassador because I wanted to give back. I wanted to help my fellow colleagues through college. I wanted to be the guiding hand like those who guided me.

 

Paying Vang

Paying Vang

Year: Senior

Major: Family Consumer Science

Future Goals: My goal is become an academic counselor for undergraduate students at a college university to serve the students who are in need of guidance. Others goals I have are to find myself spiritually, travel, and build up the courage to use my skydiving ticket.

Why did you become an ambassador?

The reason why I became an ambassador was to make differences in my peer’s college experience. Throughout my college experience I learned a lot about how to do well academically and learned about who am and what I stand for. What I liked to do that is share my knowledge and help others navigate through their college year’s.

 

Leigha Moua

Leigha Moua

Major: Graduate Student

Year: Masters of Science, Student Affairs and College Counseling

Future Goals: Work as an Academic advisor or counselor, travel the world, and go on mini road trips once a month.

Why did you become an ambassador?

To help those such as myself, who feels lost, confuse, lack of awareness of different resources, unfamiliar with the college environment, and not know their student expectations.

 

Yang Koua Xiong

Yang Koua Xiong

Major: Economics

Year: Senior

Future Goals: Becoming the first college graduate with a good financial stability.

Why did you become an ambassador?

To help out students who are lost in college and need help.

 

Toua Yang

 Toua Yang

Major: psychology /Student Affairs College Counseling

Year: Graduate Student

Future Goals: My career goal is to become an academic counselor to give back to my community in which I grew up in.

Why did you become an ambassador?

I want to be a voice for those who are underrepresented by providing equal opportunities and access to education. In becoming an ambassador for the AAPI

Initiative, I feel as though my path is starting to pave its own way towards my destination.

 

Linnea Haworth

Linnea Haworth

Major: Interior Design

Year: Senior

Future Goals: To continue my education, receive a master's in Interior design at San Diego

Why did you become an ambassador? I became an ambassador to help students to succeed and inspire them to dream bigger.

 

Cheenou Xiong

Cheenou Xiong

Major: Criminal Justice Law Enforcement

Year: Senior

Goals: Get into a counseling master program

Why did you become an ambassador?

When I first attended Fresno State in 2012 I didn't know about programs like this. I would had benefited a lot if I had a program like this when I started college. That's why I would like to be a part of the program/team that helps raise retention/graduation rate among Asian American and Pacific Islander students.