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University Programs and Services

  • African American Edge Initiative Program's goal is to provide formal, sustainable support from the University, and specifically African American faculty and staff, to give African American students an edge—the opportunity to see that they can succeed by working hard, while never giving up their identities.
  • Africana Research Center is an ancillary unit housed within the Africana Studies Program to promote research and scholarship in the advancement of the historical and contemporary understanding of the lives and experiences of peoples of African descent.
  • American English Institute (AEI) creates courses that are designed to prepare students for academic study at a U.S. college or university.
  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) helps interested migrant students attend the university, and serves as a supportive program that provides recruitment, academic, personal, career, cultural, leadership and retention services to all of its students.
  • Cultural Heritage Institute is dedicated to the celebration and study of the cultural heritage, diversity and contributions of the people of California's Central Valley.
  • Gender Equity Plan Task Force is charged with developing a new 5-year Gender Equity Plan in order to meet compliance requirements of the Office of Civil Rights and to be included in the university re-certification process with the NCAA.
  • Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a joint program of the University of California San Francisco, Latino Center for Medical Education and Research and the College of Science and Mathematics. HCOP provides wide-ranging support for students interested in careers in the health professions and is open to students from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • International Student Services and Programs  helps with all of the information needed to step you through the application and admissions process as well as information on student life at Fresno State. The key resource for international students at Fresno State.
  • Literacy, Early Bilingual, and Special Education strives to prepare knowledgeable and professionally competent teachers and curriculum leaders in the areas of early childhood education (N-3), bilingual/cross-cultural education (K-12), and reading/language arts (K-12) in both public and private educational settings.
  • Literature , Arts, and Cultures of the Americas (LACA) is an innovative interdisciplinary work group aimed at fostering collaboration and support among Fresno State faculty whose areas of teaching and scholarship are specifically focused on the cultures and cultural production of the Americas--literature, the arts, music, film, and historical processes and the people who shape and are shaped by them.
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) aims to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs.
  • The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature is celebrating the acquisition of nearly 500 LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) themed books for its collection. Donations from several well-known librarians have resulted in quick growth for this genre within the Center's collection, making it the largest such collection of LGBTQ books for young readers in any library in the USA. More information about the collection is available at
  • The Madden Library’s Multicultural Program provides services that enhance and support the exchange of knowledge and best practices for cultural diversity. The program provides various resources that promote awareness of the positive value of cultural diversity. Though there are a myriad of multicultural resources throughout the library, several easy reading multicultural materials such as magazines and newsletters on the 2nd floor, north, is its main draw. There are three key elements to the program — outreach, provision of resources, and collaborative programming initiatives. International Coffee Hour with International Student Services and Programs (ISSP) is one of the many events we co-sponsor and host. We invite you to join us and share in promoting awareness of the positive value of cultural diversity and fostering cultural dialogue.
  • McNair Program  is an exciting effort designed to encourage low-income individuals who are first-generation college students and/or traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to pursue doctoral study.
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a new program created for adults age 50+ who wish to continue learning and exploring for the sheer joy of it.
  • The Philosophy Department has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that focuses on religious diversity. The Philosophy Department has also partnered with the Richter Center to work on an interfaith service project, featuring religious diversity.
  • President's Commission on Human Relations and Equity - committee sponsored by President Welty that focuses on the establishment of a three to five year diversity plan for the university.
  • The Sanford Burnham Cancer Center is a $1.2 million National Cancer Institute-sponsored partnership grant between Fresno State and the Cancer Center at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.  As part of the grant, one of the regional projects being pursued is the relationship between pesticide exposure and breast cancer with focus on Latina farmworkers.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities(SSD) coordinates academic support services for students with disabilities. The SSD office also provides counseling, registration assistance, blue curb parking, orientation, and advocates with off-campus agencies.
  • Staff Mentoring Website 
  • Student Support Services is a federal TRIO grant program that serves first generation, low income, and disabled students. Its purpose is to provide academic support services to assist undergraduate participants to remain in college and reach the goal of graduation.
  • Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program  is a grant funded program that is committed to Latina/o Academic Success & Excellence (CLASE).
  • University Migrant Services provides retention, supportive, and professional development services to migrant/farmworker students enrolled at Fresno State.
  • Upward Bound Program  is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and is focused on providing assistance to students in acquiring the academic skill development and motivational support through teaching and counseling.
  • Veterans Education Program-- While transitioning from a military role to a civilian one, veterans face unique and complex challenges. This program provides transitional education and career services for returning Veterans of California's Central Valley.
  • Women's Campus Connection offers women faculty, staff and administrators an environment in which to socialize and build connections that provide professional and personal benefits for support and success at Fresno State and beyond.
  • Women's Resource Center was established to enhance the learning, work, and life experiences of women in the university community and to educate the campus on women’s issues.

Academic Areas of Study Related to Diversity