Academic Success and Equity (ASE) Programs intentionally center communities that have been historically marginalized in traditional higher education settings: students who are Black & African-American, Latinx & Chicanx, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, and former foster youth. The intersectional identities & cross-cultural experiences of ASE students are honored through mentorship, tailored resources, and culturally sustaining pedagogies that reflect an institutional commitment to student academic achievement. By providing academic and holistic support, the ASE Programs not only increase retention and completion, they foster inclusion and, as Beverly Daniel Tatum writes, “affirm identity, build community, and cultivate leadership.” In solidarity and unity, ASE Program students, staff, faculty, and administrators hold histories and heritage close, while leveraging a platform for future generations of leaders and advocates.
ASE Programs Brochure
- PUENTE Project
The mission is to increase the number of Mexican American/Latino students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. PUENTE is open to all students.
- Umoja(a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is committed to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences and increasing the persistence, retention, and transfer rates of African American and other students.
- Resources & Assistance for Former Foster Youth (RAFFY)
An innovative and powerful counseling program that provides specialized support services for former foster youth.
(a concept, drawn from the cultures of Melanesia and Polynesia, describing a powerful miraculous force) is a program that builds a community among Pacific Islander students, offering specialized support and guidance toward educational goals.
- Undocumented People Rise in Solidarity and Empowerment (UPRISE)
UPRISE is a collaboration between California State University San Marcos and MiraCosta Community College to bolster academic success, enhance professional opportunities, improve personal wellness, strengthen institutional support, and increase allies for undocumented students and their families in North County San Diego. UPRISE offers free services to students and loved ones.
- Cristine Sidela
Student Services Coordinator, Academic Success & Equity (ASE) Programs
- Preston Faraimo
Interim Student Services Specialist, Academic Success & Equity (ASE) Programs
Academic Success & Equity (ASE) Programs are a service of the Department of Student Equity. For general inquiries about all Student Equity programs and services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main office at 760.757.2121 x6900.