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Photo of Martin Luther King Jr with text: Why we can't wait Celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

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Voting Resources

Upcoming Events

Honoring the life, work and continuing contribution of Martin Luther King Jr. and the movement he represented is the goal of a weeklong celebration January 19-22, 2021, hosted by the Fresno Pacific University Office of Spiritual Formation and Diversity.

The celebration is a community event that honors and examines King’s legacy in the current social climate. Themes will center on Why We Can’t Wait, King’s 1963 landmark book analyzing the Civil Rights movement, and today’s growing urgency to see equity and inclusion for African Americans and other marginalized groups. Events will provide opportunities to hear from voices in our FPU community and discover how we can contribute to this profound legacy. This is a virtual event that will be held over Zoom, please complete the following form to receive a calendar invitation. For more information, contact Taylor Starks, Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation, at (559) 453-5547 or


Tuesday, January 19: Virtual Book Celebration & Discussion (12:40 – 1:50 p.m.)
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Hiebert Library and The Office of Spiritual Formation & Diversity invite you to join us on Tuesday, January 19 at 12:40 pm for the virtual book celebration of Fannie Lou Hamer's Revolutionary Practical Theology: Racial and Environmental Justice Concerns, by Rev. Karen Crozier, Ph.D. This book provides new insights into the life of a leader in civil rights and human rights in the Jim Crow South. More commonly known for her political activism, Rev. Crozier presents Fannie Lou Hamer as a religious thought leader and practical theologian who disrupted the deep-rooted systems of racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Three books will be given out in a drawing that is open to all students who join the celebration.

Tuesday, January 19: Why We Can’t Wait and the Letter from a Birmingham Jail: A Conversation with MACE (12:40-1:50 p.m.)
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The Multiethnic Association of Cultural Engagement (MACE) will lead a discussion centered on Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, included as the fifth chapter of Why We Can’t Wait. This interactive discussion will examine Dr. King’s charge to clergymen critical of his efforts toward injustice and the implications for the community at large.

Tuesday, January 19: Why We Can’t Wait: The Impact on Mental Health (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
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Dr. Deshunna Ricks, author of I Have Value and adjunct Instructor at Fresno Pacific University, explains the ties between racial issues and trauma. Join us for a conversation on how we can use our healing and work toward resilience in the face of oppression.

Wednesday, January 20: Why We Can’t Wait: Athletics and Activism (12:00-1:00 p.m.)
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Our newly formed Athletes of Color Alliance (AoC) examines recent displays of activism among high profile athletes and their significant impacts on culture and society. Join us for a dialogue about what it means to use our platforms to promote equity and justice.

Wednesday, January 20: Why We Can’t Wait: Addressing the Disparities in Education (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
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Angie Barfield Program Specialist at Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, champions the development and success of students across the Central Valley. Her extensive work in leadership development and parent involvement provides the basis for a conversation surrounding the importance of advocacy for and the mentorship of young students as they prepare for opportunities in higher education and their adult lives.

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


Social Justice Service Resource List 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

Fresno Pacific University Undocu-Ally Badge Request Form

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: