A grand opening was held for the newly created Asian and Pacific Islander Center, which was created to provide an open and welcoming environment for Asian and Pacific Islander students and others.

The Asian and Pacific Islander Center was created to help develop student leadership through mentoring as well as transformative learning opportunities. It was designed to foster civic awareness through community participation, service projects and internships. It will also serve as a resource for the campus and the community on Asian Pacific Islander culture and issues, which includes hosting presentations and workshops, co-curricular programs, cultural activities and events.

“This is a proud and exciting moment for Cal State San Bernardino,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales in his remarks to the more than 70 students, faculty and staff attending the opening ceremony at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. “Today we welcome a great new addition to our campus, a significant expansion to the resources available to our students and the entire community.”

The Asian and Pacific Islander Center joins the university’s other affinity centers at student union, which includes the LatinX Center, the Pan-African Student Success Center, the First People’s Center and the Undocumented Students Success Center. The Asian and Pacific Islander Center is located on the second floor of the student union.

Morales said the center reaffirms CSUSB’s “commitment to diversity and once again celebrates the many cultures brought to this university by our students, faculty and staff.”

“We believe inclusivity makes us a robust, productive and dynamic institution that embodies a culture embracing engaged learning and respecting diverse perspectives,” Morales said. “The purpose of this center is to provide an open and welcoming environment where individuals can come to find assistance and support.”

For more information on the CSUSB Asian and Pacific Islander Center, visit the Santos Manuel Student Union website.

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