AAPIFSA – Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association
History [ top ]

Formerly called Asian American Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA), the organization was founded in 1993. In fall 2007, the name for AFSA was changed to Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association (AAPIFSA).

Composed of Asian and Pacific Islanders, and other interested faculty and staff, AAPIFSA members join together to acknowledge and celebrate the commonalities in the often-diverse Asian cultures. AAPIFSA members recognize and take pride in the growing numbers of Asian and Pacific Islanders who work in Cal State Fullerton. AFSA is led by a group of officers elected by the membership. And with volunteer-members, committees are formed to spearhead different projects and events throughout each year. At monthly meetings held on campus, members are updated about the various events that AAPIFSA sponsors. Find out more about AAPFSA by clicking on the links below.

Purpose [ top ]

bullet To help Asian-American students achieve educational excellence and to respond proactively to the needs of the Asian and Asian-related student body.

Help raise money for the Book Scholarship Fund. Annually, with gifts and donations from generous members and supporters, and monies generated from various fund-raising activities, AAPIFSA awards scholarships to a number of outstanding and high-achieving AAPI Cal State Fullerton students.

bullet To promote a campus climate that is sensitive, representative and fair to all ethnic groups.

Participate in the Multicultural Mentoring Program. a partnership of three ethnic-based faculty and staff associations on campus.

bullet To acknowledge and celebrate the commonalities in the Asian cultures amidst their diversity and to build a strong social network and effective linkages with the University administration.

Join us at the President's Reception at the El Dorado Ranch. It is an annual favorite, AAPIFSA members enjoy a reception hosted by Cal State Fullerton's President Mildred Garcia.

Join us at the API Graduation Recognition Ceremony where, since May 2003, AAPIFSA hosts the celebration of the graduation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Cal State Fullerton students.

Accomplishments [ top ]

bullet Ellen Junn, founder and first president of the Asian American and Pacific Islander’s (formerly AFSA), wrote the proposal to establish the first Asian American Studies Minor on campus.

bullet Over 40 scholarships have been awarded to Asian Pacific Islander students on campus.

bullet In May 2003, AAPIFSA hosted the first Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Reception.

bullet Craig Ihara, one of the founding members, established the Asian American Studies Major Program. Ihara served as the founding Program Coordinator.

bullet In Fall 2003, through a partnership between the African American Staff Association, the Chicano-Latino Faculty and Staff Association and the Dean of Students of Cal State Fullerton, AAPIFSA was awarded a grant by the Vice President of Academic Affairs to develop a Multicultural Mentoring Program on campus.

bullet In Spring 2007, the first Spotlight Series highlighting the research of various AAPIFSA faculty/staff at CSUF was launched.

Mentoring Program [ top ]

bullet The AAPIFSA Mentor Program provides support to CSUF students who aspire for high achievement and excellence and desire the support and friendship of an Asian American and Pacific Islander faculty or staff member. The mentor will make every effort to address students' needs and interests on a personal, emotional, career, academic and cultural level.

bullet In Fall 2003, the Multicultural Mentoring Program was developed through the efforts of the AAPIFSA Mentor Project, the African American Faculty and Staff Association Mentor Project, the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association Mentor Project (ENLACE Mentor Project) and the Links Mentoring Program.

bullet More information about this program is available by contacting the Multicultural Leadership Center in TSU-234 or call the Center at (657) 278-7366.

Scholarships [ top ]

Each year, through gifts and donations from generous members and supporters, AAPIFSA awards scholarships to a number of outstanding and high-achieving Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Though not of enormous amount of money, AAPIFSA members firmly believe that any form and amount of financial support to students is a good investment to their future success. This award is open to CSUF full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

More information about this scholarship and applications forms are available from Cal State Fullerton's Office of Financial Aid as well as from any AAPIFSA member.