A California State University-sponsored college fair aimed at increasing the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander students on campuses is coming to Cal Poly Pomona.
The university will host the fair, which is open to students in grades six through 12 and those attending community college, on Saturday, May 16.
The “Journey to Success” expo will include workshops on how to prepare and pay for college, information on CSU requirements for admission and application processes, and information booths promoting CSU campuses and Cal Poly Pomona programs and student organizations.
The “Journey to Success” events is part of the CSU’s Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative (CSU AAPI), which aims to bolster college access and graduation rates among underserved students in those communities.
The initiative targets the state’s Samoan, Tongan, Marshallese, Hawaiian, Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Fijian and underserved Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Filipino communities, and is the first effort in the country to focus on these groups. The CSU has similar programs for the African American and Native American communities.
“The California State University’s Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative (CSU AAPI) is making significant strides to ensure that Asian (American) and Pacific Islander students from traditionally underserved communities in California are prepared for the academic requirements and rigors of college,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Through ‘Journey to Success,’ our campuses provide meaningful and culturally relevant activities that assist students and their families in the journey toward a college degree. The achievements of our AAPI students are vital for the long-term social and economic success of California.”
Cal Poly Pomona hosted a fair last year. Fernando Marquez, an admissions and outreach counselor, said the event helps to make prospective students and their families feel comfortable on a college campus.
“With these communities, you want to provide as much support as possible,” he said. “Having a face they see and know is helpful to these families. When they see you being helpful, they can better grasp that college is something for them, too.”
To support “Journey to Success,” CSU AAPI also hosts the Student Ambassador Program, training students to serve as mentors during the fairs and participate in campus programs designed to help with the transition to college. In 2014, the CSU trained nearly 200 student ambassadors.
The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in Building 98, which houses the administrative offices and classrooms. Free parking is available in Lot C. Registration for the event is required.
For more information about the “Journey to Success” event at Cal Poly Pomona, contact Fernando Marquez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 869-3755.