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Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Fresno State is committed to the practice of education as a means of strengthening our community and our region. Fresno State alumni are among the top leaders of our community, and our current students are the leaders of tomorrow. Nestled in the center of California, in one of the richest agricultural valleys on the planet and one of the most culturally diverse regions in the country, Fresno State is a place where students grow from high-impact practices and unique community partnerships.

This is a fertile place to boldly equip and empower our students for success. And the success of our students – the next generation of leaders in our region and beyond – is of utmost importance. Our community ties are strong because we believe this region can thrive when the community and University work as one. That's why we show our commitment to the community through providing millions of hours of service, partnering with local organizations and spreading Fresno State pride across the Valley.

Fresno State Initiatives for Sustainable Cities and Communities

The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) was established to assist and support students who have the desire to become doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and other health care professions. Student participants also share a goal to give back to the communities in which they grew up. 

The California Mini-Corps program provides undergraduate Liberal Studies students the opportunity to work as tutors in public school sites throughout Fresno County. The Mini-Corps Tutors work directly with certificated classroom teachers, and they provide direct instructional services to migrant students. 

The College of Math and Science Applied Behavior Analysis Club (ABA) was created to educate both undergraduate and graduate students on employment resources. The club also works hard to educate the local communities about applied behavior analysis and the stigma associated with it. 

The CSU system-wide Graduation Initiative 2025 organizes system-level work to improve student success. By eliminating/minimizing equality gaps among students, GI 2025 is designed to improve degree-completion rates which will in turn lead to a diverse workforce in California. 

Fresno State's Career Development Center is a full-service center that provides students resources to help with choosing a major that lends itself to students future career goals, as well as career assessments, resume training in writing and interview skills and internship and career opportunities. In an effort to capitalize on student success, the Career Development Center also holds job fairs, recruiting events and professional networking events. These are conducted both on a university-wide as well as college-specific levels.

Fresno State joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2019 and earned a STARS Program/Initiative SDGs Bronze rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the initial report submission in 2020. STARS, (the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) defines sustainability as "a pluralistic and inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods and a better world for all generations." 

The mission of the Fresno State Sustainability Club is to create a conscious culture of sustainability on campus and in the community. The Sustainability Club additionally performs educational outreach activities in the community and is responsible for planning events such as Earth Day Fresno State. 

Fresno State students elect an ASI Senator for Sustainability who works with the Sustainability Club and Sustainability Task Force

The student-led Sustainability Task Force collaborates with campus leadership and partners to educate, inform, and gather data related to sustainability at Fresno State. One of their most recent initiatives in collaboration with Facilities Management was to educate the campus community on the Recycle 2020 Campaign.

The newly formed faculty-led Climate Action Plan task force is working on a draft campus climate action plan.