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Cross-Cultural and Gender Center

Staff and Faculty


The Cross Cultural and Gender Center exists to contribute significantly to the continued development of a safe and welcoming environment for the Fresno State community. We foster meaningful dialogue and activism that works to eliminate racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression.

LFSA was organized in 2009 as a way to bring a strong voice to issues affecting the Latina/o community at Fresno State.

We are committed to:

  • Promoting Latina/o student issues such as retention and graduation.
  • Advocating for increasing the number of Latinas/o staff and faculty to better match the demographic makeup of Fresno State students.
  • Developing a social and professional network of Latina/o staff and faculty at Fresno State to better inform ourselves on topics and issues relevant to our community.

Any Fresno State professor, department, or organization may request a presentation on popular Latino/a/x topics. They may also request a panel where they may hear about the lived experiences of first-generation Latino/a/x students (including a Q&A). Click here to check-out what we have available!

Established in 1977, the Chicano Alumni Club is a founding member of the FSAA chapters and clubs. The club’s leadership consists of twelve volunteers who advocate for higher education, represent and participate in community events, and network with other groups and individuals that help establish partnerships opportunities.

The Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration is an awesome academic and cultural experience for our students. A key element to the success of this event is the dedicated group of volunteer staff and faculty that help the event run smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering keep checking back here to find out how you can support the class of 2021.

Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) (Womxn Active in Scholarship and Social Justice) is a professional organizations for self-identified Chicana, Latina, Native American/Indigena Mujeres and gender non-conforming academics, students, and activists.


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Chinese Virus: Why Anti-Asian Racism is So Contagious

Anti-Asian and Anti-Asian American racism are not novel and manifest in ways that are physically, emotionally, and virtually violent in our communities. Join Sumi Pendakur, Jade Keala Agua, and @Jonathan Wang to critically understand how this moment invokes and weaponizes “yellow peril,” Model Minority, and divide and conquer tropes that continue to cause harm. Gain key strategies to ready your institutional support and empower your Asian and Asian American students, staff, and faculty going forward.

(Zoom link will be provided the day prior to those who have RSVP’d)

Questions? Email or All are welcome!

Fall 2020 First-Gen Student Enrollment Considerations FREE Webinar

Join us on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 pm ET for A Moderated Discussion: Fall 2020 First-gen Student Enrollment Considerations, facilitated by Dr. La'Tonya Rease Miles, Center Advocacy Group member. This expert panel will bring nuance to this conversation, offer how institutions can be more transparent, and share helpful considerations for informed decision-making during this time. 

Register for free:

White Immunity: Working Through the Pedagogical Pitfalls of Privilege

“How can poor white people be privileged?” How many times have you been in a discussion on white privilege and encountered a question like that? In this engaging and thought-provoking SpeakOut webinar, scholar and author Nolan Cabrera, PhD, offers a new way to address this question with the concept of “White Immunity” – the social inoculation that white people experience as a result of being white in a systemically-racist society.

Cabrera links the history of racial oppression and whiteness to contemporary times and helps work through some of the pitfalls of “privilege.” Based on 15 years of research for his award-winning book, White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Immunity, and the Myth of “Post-Racial” Higher Education, Cabrera explores how white immunity informs racial conflicts ranging from cultural appropriation, racism on college campuses, white men using the n-word, and the re-open “protesters.”

Ultimately, he calls for radical empathy and racial responsibility for white people that stems from their white immunity.

Registration is $5

Register Here

Latina Actual Day- FREE Virtual Conference

Registration is LIVE for HOPE's virtual 26th Annual Latina Action Day! We're hosting three online sessions over the course of three days on June 10, 11 and 12 from 9:00AM to 10:30AM PST. Sign up for all three sessions or choose the one you are most interested in - registration is free, but required to participate!

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We're bringing together some of California's top thought-leaders and experts to discuss California's State Budget Crisis, the Future of Latina Education, and the Future of California's Economic & Workforce Recovery - diving into the impact of COVID-19 from the Latina perspective.

Latino Males In Higher Education Webinar

Excelencia in Education, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, presented a webinar that convened leaders to discuss not only what they know, but what can be done to accelerate the success of Latino males in higher education. 

While college enrollment among Latino males continues to increase, they still lag behind Latino females in college enrollment — a disparity that increases as the level of higher education increases. Since Latino males represent more than half of traditional college-aged Americans, their college success will be vital to America’s future. This webinar brought together some of the strongest thought leaders in this area to discuss not only what we know but what we can do to accelerate college enrollment and completion among Latino males.


Online Groups to Check Out

Latinx Scholars

Chicanx and Latinx Academic Group