The following is the State of the College presentation which was delivered on Thursday, Jan 11, 2019, by Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Dr. Honora Chapman, Associate Dean.
With 80 percent of alumni continuing to live in the Central Valley after graduation, the College of Arts and Humanities powers the local economy and touches every corner of life in our community.
The College of Arts and Humanities is the heart of Fresno State. Artistic exploration and humanistic inquiry are the DNA of culture and identity — a double helix which self-perpetuates. A philosopher records an idea while an artist creates a visual of that idea. An author sees that image and writes a story while a musician reads the story and writes a song. Artists and humanists create in order to share, and in doing so they better society and build community. We elevate the quality of life in our Valley.
Community Empowerment: Diverse Youth Programs
Engaging our youth and exposing them to the arts and humanities infuses them with empathy, civic engagement and a sense of identity. The following programs are designed to guide our youth into an exploration of the world of ideas. (Click on each program to find out more)
Community Empowerment: Organizations and Institutions
These organizations and institutions are the applied manifestation of the Arts and Humanities.
Community Empowerment: Programs
With a sense of community, these programs interact and engage with their participants by facilitating an exchange of thought from other nations and generations. They promote humanistic ideas and artistic exploration, which are the basis of civilization, civic identity, and engagement with each other.
The College of Arts and Humanities enjoys a wide array of supporters from every sector of industry and society.
- President’s Commission on the Future of the Arts and Humanities
- Portuguese Leadership Council
- Arts and Humanities Advisory Board
- Armenian Leadership Council
- President’s Jewish Studies Leadership Council
- Italian Studies Committee
The Dean’s Council Annual Fund gives donors the opportunity to see the direct impact of their donation. These funds have assisted students financially who may not otherwise be able to pursue higher education. They have also sent students on trips to experience new cultures and learn about the world their education is affording them. The impact is transformational and changes lives.
Among other things, these funds have:
- Assisted DACA students
- 7 Media, Communications and Journalism (MCJ) students to “Camp News”
- 13 students to Germany for Summer Arts
- 6 MCJ students to Ghana
- Assisted students in the London study abroad program
The college is proud and grateful to have every single Arts and Humanities Advisory Board (AHAB) member as a Dean’s Council member. That’s 100 percent!
Day of Giving 2018
On November 1st, we came together to celebrate ourselves and our contributions. Working together as artists and humanists, we not only found a sense of ourselves but also a sense of our community — and the impact our alumni, faculty, staff, and students have on the Valley. The results from our combined effort for Day of Giving was staggering:
- The College of Arts and Humanities won for the 2nd year in a row with total donors.
- The College also earned the most challenge gifts.
- 145 Faculty and Staff participated in the Day of Giving.
- The College raised over $40,000 in private dollars.
- Total Gift Count: 724
- From 461 unique donors — a 290.85% increase over last year.