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AFSA Events and Activities

Holding Space in Times of Tragedy

The eBoard of the Asian Faculty and Staff Association will be holding space for anyone processing the recent tragic events impacting Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay, Oakland, Atlanta, Memphis, and all across the country. All faculty, students, and staff are welcome. Quiet reflection space, snacks, and opportunities to be in community will be available, along with limited counseling support, provided as necessary.

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Center Room of the Cross-Cultural and Gender Center (Thomas Administration Building, Room 110)

A Conversation with Bao Johri

The Asian Faculty and Staff Association is pleased to host a virtual conversation with Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Bao Johri. Learn more about her role on campus and professional journey, as well as how she navigates being a Hmong American leader, both on campus and in the technology field. 

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
RSVP: link

Community Dialogue: Exploring AAPI Communities in Central California

Appreciation: Rebuilding a Sense of Community Through (Visual) Stories

Over the past years, the number of anti-Asian crimes has continued to increase, leaving many Asian communities challenged by ongoing issues. To address this, the Asian Faculty and Staff Association (AFSA) is pleased to host a two-part series of AAPI Community Dialogues this semester, featuring the unique stories and perspectives of those in the AAPI community. 

Date & Time Theme Panelists  Registration Link 
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Part one of the series features a panel of six local AAPI leaders, advocates and activists who will share their experiences in relation to COVID-19 and/or anti-Asian hate. The panel will explore how each of their local agencies, organizations or institutions are addressing these challenges and highlight community programs or resources
  • Pao Yang, President and CEO of The Fresno Center
  • Monika Joshi, President and CEO of Studentnest INC
  • May Gnia Her, Executive Director of Stone Soup Fresno 
  • John Cho, Instructor of Asian American Studies at Fresno City College
  • Misty Her, Deputy Superintendent of Fresno Unified School District
  • Brandon Vang, President of the Sanger Unified School District Board of Trustees
Click here
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
4:30 - 6 p.m. 
Part two of the series will feature five Fresno State faculty, staff and administrators who will share their personal experiences, as well as give insight into the unique aspects of the AAPI communities within the Central California region.
  • Dr. Saam Noonsuk, Assistant Professor of Art History 
  • Dr. Amrit Deol, Lecturer of Asian American Studies
  • Dr. The Nguyen, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering 
  • Dr. Mui Vuong, Director of the Educational Opportunity and Special Support Programs
  • Randy Aoki, Coordinator of Special Events, Office of the Provost
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View resources from dialogue

Both virtual events are free and open to the campus and local community, and are sponsored by the Asian Faculty and Staff Association, the Center for Creativity and Arts, California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through these events, AFSA hopes to increase understanding of the multicultural and global society in which we live. 

For information or accommodations, contact event coordinator, Dr. Ahran Koo at or Dr. Chia Thao at 


Virtual Tea Socials

Join our tea socials each month and meet API faculty and staff colleagues from across campus in a casual digital space! Spring 2022 dates: 

  • Tuesday, February 22  |  12:30  - 1:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 22   |   12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 26  |  12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 

To register for the tea socials, please contact AFSA membership and recruitment chair, Dr. Gena Lew Gong at