FPU Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Listening Sessions

Patty Salinas M.A. ALAS Title V Project Director:

We are fully committed to providing an intellectually diverse, nondiscriminatory, and multicultural environment. 

As such, part of the Diversity Initiatives for the 2020-2021 academic year include listening sessions so that we can assess the needs of our community and set areas for improvement. We would like to invite our FPU community to participate in listening sessions throughout the year. We will be organizing these sessions in various formats. The various formats will allow for small-group sessions, various group combination session types and also an opportunity for individual sessions. We want everyone to be heard. We ask that participants practice openness, honesty and respect for all who participate. All sessions are confidential and your personal information will not be shared without written consent.  

The first two open student listening sessions have been scheduled in September and October. We have organized these sessions into smaller groups to allow ample time for participants to be heard.

Each of these listening sessions will be moderated by Patty Salinas (Interim CDO), Breanne Wyse (director of diversity, inclusion and spiritual formation), Martha Fregoso and Melanie Howard, Ph.D., (co-chairs of the University Diversity Committee). If you cannot make a time or if you would like to, but are looking for a more anonymous way to share your perspective, you can fill out a written form that will only be visible to these four individuals (contact information below to access a written form).  Members of the University Diversity Committee Executive Committee (list of committee members available upon request) are also available to moderate for individual appointments by request.

Please sign up here:


Listening session dates and times:

You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your participation. If a listening session is filled quickly, do not worry we will be hosting various sessions monthly throughout the year. Please be sure to sign up for a session that works for you; sign-on instructions for each session will be sent out to you prior to the event.

These sessions are just the first step in gathering information from our community. The results and information gathered will help with further planning. Together, we all play a role in helping promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture at FPU. Thank you.

“Resist Racism: See me, Hear me, Respect me, Join me”

Contact Information:

Martha Fregoso, martha.fregoso@fresno.edu559-453-2212

Melanie Howard, melanie.howard@fresno.edu559-453-2306

Patty Salinas, patricia.salinas@fresno.edu559-453-3434

Bre Wyse, breanne.wyse@fresno.edu559-453-3608

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