Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE) is a collaboration with the Asian American Studies (AAS) Department and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM). The goal of ASPIRE is to improve and expand SF State’s capacity to serve high-need Asian American and Native American Pacific Islanders (AANAPI)  and low-income degree-seeking undergraduate students, improve the learning environment, and strengthen academic outcomes.

The project involves three comprehensive and complementary activities:

  • Broad dissemination of information and targeted support to high-need AAPIs
  • Student learning communities with culturally-relevant and community-responsive practices, linked courses and peer mentors
  • Faculty development and faculty learning communities. 


***Resources During COVID-19 Public Health Order***

  • Basic Needs Assistance
    • Virtual Cal-Fresh Help Clinic
    • AS Gator Groceries Hours at the Cesar Chavez Student Center - every Wednesday and Thursday from 11am- 3pm starting April 8.
    • For support, please visit the Dean of Students office in SSB 403 on Mondays-Fridays from 10am-3pm.
    • If you are in financial need, please consider applying for the HOPE Crisis Fund.


Off Campus

  • If you live in San Francisco, please visit this site for updates on what this new mandatory Public Health Order means and what city services are still available.
  • Bay Area COVID-19 Resource List
  • If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination due to COVID-19, and you would like to report please consider submitting an incident report.
  • Apply for the Scholly COVID-19 Student Relief Fund, aimed at providing cash assistance for those in need during this unprecedented crisis. Applicants who are approved will recieve a one-time cash payment of $200. 
  • Visit 1degree.org to access food, housing, and financial resources in all communities.
  • Read this article to learn more about AAPI community care and for more resources.
  • Uhaul is offering students 30-day free storage due to the COVID-19 precautions. If you rent a one way Uhaul truck, you can get 30-day free storage in your arrival city. A credit card is needed and will not be charged as long as you check out in 30 days, please call 1-800-468-4285 for more information.
  • If you need access to affordable internet at home, please visit Internet Essentials to apply and receive two free months of internet service by 4/30/2020. Or call the following companies in your area: Spectrum Internet: 1-844-488-8398, Comcast Internet: 1-855-846-8376, Charter Internet: 1-844-488-8395
  • If your job has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, see if you are eligible to file for unemployment.
  • California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance has provided a comprehensive list of resources for undocumented students.


This list will be updated regularly and was last updated on Monday 5/11 at 1:00pm.