Meet Shimel Her Saychou, new director of the Cross Cultural and Gender Center

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Shimel Her Saychou has been appointed director of the Cross Cultural and Gender Center. 

The Cross Cultural and Gender Center exists to significantly contribute to the continued development of a safe and welcoming environment for the Fresno State community, fostering meaningful dialogue and activism that works to eliminate racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. 

Saychou said, “My vision for the Cross Cultural and Gender Center is to grow and provide sustainable programs and services to aid in the academic success of our students. I aim to lead the Cross Cultural and Gender Center in the continuation of providing meaningful educational programs and services to support the diverse needs of our student and campus community through the elevation and enhancement of equity and inclusion in the creation of a sense of belonging and a safe space for all.”

Saychou has 18 years of experience in higher education, with eight years of experience at Fresno State. Prior to being named director, she served as the Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s coordinator for both Asian Pacific Islander Programs and Services and American Indian Programs and Services. She has supported and provided leadership to each affinity program and service within the Cross Cultural and Gender Center, and served as the interim lead coordinator of the Cross Cultural and Gender Center this past year. 

She also serves on the executive board for the Asian Faculty and Staff Association, and is an advisor for the Hmong Student Association and the Asian American Christian Fellowship. 

Saychou is a two-time alumna of Fresno State, earning a B.A. in liberal studies and an M.A. in higher education administration and leadership. She is currently in her final year of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Fresno State. 


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