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Addressing Anti-Asian Violence Across Our Communities

We are hurt and saddened by the violent acts our Asian communities and elders are experiencing. Xenophobia has long cast a shadow over our communities (Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and more) despite our long history and contributions to this country.

Our community is in pain. The rise in anti-Asian sentiment since the pandemic has fostered more violence and division that must not continue. As we continue to recognize the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples and the movement to defend Black Lives, we issue a call to acknowledge and center our community’s pain in this moment. We also encourage us to find meaningful ways to discuss and process this hurt that is transformative and expansive in our solutions.

We uplift the efforts of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community organizations across the nation who are resolute in their commitment to ending violence through community accountability, justice, and care. We must seek restorative and collective means of justice that seek to heal. Please visit our Resource Links page for ways to contribute to this work and join us this month for a series of panels and listening sessions that touch on this topic. Let love for community solidarity and care lead the way.

- Asian Faculty and Staff Association Board of Directors

We welcome you to the Asian Faculty & Staff Association (AFSA) at Fresno State!

Come join us to work on issues, activities & programs that will enrich us all as professionals!

Why should I join AFSA?

AFSA, founded at Fresno State in December 2008, seeks faculty and staff interested in supporting Asian and Asian-American issues and activities on campus. AFSA's hopes to:

  1. Utilize membership dues to award book scholarships for students.
  2. Host regular monthly meetings and assorted social gatherings for AFSA members and co-host holiday events with other faculty and staff associations on campus.
  3. Sponsor, support, and partner with other groups to promote and host Asian-related cultural activities on campus and elsewhere.
  4. Afford opportunities for faculty and staff across campus to meet, interact, and socialize both formally and informally on a regular basis.
  5. Support the Asian American Studies Program Coordinator and students.
  6. Provide enhanced opportunities and funding to develop, enhance, and nurture professional leadership, communication, and organizational skills as part of a well-regarded campus organization.

How to join AFSA?

Please click here to fill out the online AFSA application. You can also download and fill out the PDF AFSA Application Form here. The annual membership fee of twenty dollars ($20) may be sent, in either cash or check, to AFSA President, Varaxy Yi Borromeo via campus mail stop ED 117.

Current and Previous Board Members


Dear AFSA Listserv Subscribers:

Please note that the AFSA Listserv was created and has been utilized for announcements of AFSA-sponsored, cosponsored, or supported events and activities on campus and in the community, verified by the AFSA Board. It is not, however, intended for messages such as those of a personal nature, those soliciting support for special causes, those expressing personal opinions, or those that support public debate or campaigning. If you have questions about the AFSA listserv and its postings, please directly contact Rohit Mehta, ( AFSA Secretary, or Varaxy Yi Borromeo, AFSA President (

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