Cher Teng Yang shares Hmong culture

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A new exhibit at the Fresno Fairgrounds will showcase the rich culture and history of Hmong communities in California. Hmongstory 40 was unveiled on Dec. 12th, with President Joseph Castro in attendance. The 12,000-square-foot exhibit shares the history of Hmong refugees from Laos and Thailand who migrated to the Central Valley. This comes on the heels of Hmong New Year, which is celebrated locally from Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 at the fairgrounds.

Cher Teng (Bee) Yang, faculty in the Department of Social Work Education, recently appeared on ABC Action News’ Valley Focus show to talk about the Hmong culture and its many customs. Students from the department’s Asian Social Work Organization (ASWO) will also be providing a guided tour of the Fresno Hmong New Year and Hmongstory 40 exhibition on Dec. 29th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. If you are interested in attending the tour, please contact Mai Choua Xiong at


Serena Johnson featured in publication for post doctoral work


Dr. Serena Johnson, assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, was highlighted in The Compact for Faculty Diversity’s October 2015 publication “Exploring New Research Frontiers for Future Generations” for the great work she is doing to enhance opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing students.

The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring has partnered with states, institutions and various organizations to achieve the goal of diversifying the nation’s postsecondary faculty. A total of 16 doctoral scholars were featured in this issue for the significant research they are contributing to their field of study. Great work, Dr. Johnson!

Read the article in whole at the link.


Iran Barrera presents Consejo Program at Mexican university


Earlier this month, Associate Professor of Social Work Education, Dr. Iran Barrera, presented the work of the department’s Consejo Program to two universities in Mexico. He talked about future collaborations with both faculty and students.

psicologiaBarrera said the possibility of exploring collaborations on an international level is important and that it “demonstrate that Fresno State is being active in finding solutions to health care disparities among minorities.”

Other topics discussed included research, teaching, grant writing and other student exchange. Barrera also presented his two articles: 1. Causes of Mental Distress Among Mexican-Americans; 2. Harmful Practices Using the DSM with People of Color.