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Hispanic Heritage Month

Calendared from September 15th – October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month brackets the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize. It commemorates the culmination of profound shifts in thinking and culture that overcame oppression. Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 is the perfect time for a revolution – a revolution of perspective and ideas.

Fresno Pacific University is proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). We are proud to recognize, commemorate, and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

What is an HSI?

A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.

According to the most recent data analyzed by HACU from the 2018-19 academic year, 539 Hispanic-Serving Institutions are in 181 Congressional Districts in 25 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Fresno Pacific University is the first CCCU institution in California to receive the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation. We are just one of the 146 private not-for-profit HSI institutions across the United States.

Please check this page regurlarly for updates, events, and resources.

Voting Resources

Upcoming Events

Interfaith Conference Coming to Fresno Pacific University November 4-6

The Intercultural and Religious Studies program and OSFD are excited to let you know about the Interfaith Conference we are hosting at FPU next week, November 4-6. Our primary host organization, Neighborly Faith, has provided generous funding and organizational assistance to help make this happen. We are also partnering with the FPU TAK honors society, Fresno State InterVarsity and Fresno State Muslim Student Association. Here is an overview of the events we have lined up, along with the speaker bios at the end in case you’re interested.

Please contact Darren Duerksen, Ph.D, associate professor and program director of intercultural studies, with any questions at

Conference Theme: 2020 Election: What the Results Mean for America’s Faith Groups

Wednesday Nov. 4, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Session with Residential Life Staff
Title: Creating Space for People of All Faiths on Christian Campuses
Speaker: Meghan Lechner.

Wednesday Nov. 4, 12:00-12:50 p.m. Class for Social Work and Cultural Geography
Title: How Can Christians Better Understand and Support Muslims?
Speaker: Marwa Abdalla

Wednesday Nov. 4, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Session with FPU Staff Caucus
Title: A Muslim Perspective on Working in Christian Environments
Speaker: Petra Alsoofy

Thursday Nov. 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m. College Hour
Title: Why Can’t We Be Friends?: A plea for civility in a politically and religiously fractured world
Speaker: Micah Fries
Registration link:

Friday Nov. 6, 9:00-9:50 a.m. and 11:00-11:50 a.m. Class session for Book of Acts
Title: Muslim-Christian Friendship in Age of Fear
Speaker: Matt Kaemingk

Friday Nov. 6, 9:00-9:50 a.m. CHIRP
Title: 2020 Election: What the results mean for America’s faith communities. A Dialogue.
Speakers: Micah Fries, Imam John Ederer, Kiran Kaur Gill and Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, Ed.D.
Registration link:

On-Demand Events

Chirp: “Left, Right & Wrong” with Dr. John Inazu – recorded 9/11/2020

Chirp: Friday, October 30 – Faith & Politics with Justin Giboney of the And Campaign – recorded 10/30/2020

Resources college student voting resources

All IN to Vote, developed by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, helps students navigate the voting process.

The National Association of Secretaries of State offers valuable information about registration, voter ID requirements, and polling places in all 50 states.

Your Vote, Your Voice, the official web portal of the federal government, maintains a site regarding “Absentee and Early Voting" with specific information about “Coronavirus and Voting by Mail-In Absentee Ballot."

Democracy Works How to Vote provides guides to help voters understand what options states offer for casting a ballot. aspires to use technology to simplify political engagement and increase voter turnout.

Vote411, an initiative of the League of Women Voters Education Fund, offers a polling place locator and provides a broad range of additional registration and voting information.

Mental Health Resources

On-Site Counseling Program is a FPU subsidized, confidential, professional counseling service available to FPU students and members of the community who are experiencing personal obstacles. On-Site Counselors are available by appointment to assist individuals with relationship problems, adjustment issues, grief and sadness, worry and anxiety, and unhealthy coping patterns. All sessions are currently taking place via Telehealth due to COVID-19. For more information, please call 559-453-8050 or e-mail

Healing Circles @ Fresno Pacific University 2020 has been a very hard year for our black and brown communities. Here is an opportunity to come together in a community to heal from trauma experienced through racism, white supremacy, and micro-aggressions. Below is the information needed for our Licenced therapists from onsite and private practicing professionals who need this info for you to be registered for the session. Your information will always be kept confidential. Link:

Immigration Resources

Immigrants Rising: Immigrants Rising’s Mental Health Connector provides undocumented young people with psychological support, allowing you to access your strengths and resiliency in order to achieve your personal goals and healing.

ACLU: Know Your Rights for Dreamers/DACA

UFW Foundation: Provides a variety of immigration-related services 2409 Merced Street Suite 103, Fresno, CA 93721, (559) 496-0700 Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

List of local non-profit agencies that immigration services and other public services can be found in this document: Immigration Org 2019

LGBTQ+/Gender-based violence/discrimination resources

Trans Lifeline: 877.565.8860

The GLBT National Hotline: 888.843.4564

Rape Counseling Services (RCS) Fresno: 559.222.7273

National Network (RAINN): 800.656.4673

Marjaree Mason Center: 24 Hr. Hotline (800) 640.0333

The LGBTQ+ Resource Center: