A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


Campus Program Works to Help Students Arise

The Arise Program brings support and acts as family for Asian American and Pacific Islander students
Daniel Tupuola and Ualetenese Togotogo speak with an Arise Program student worker. Photo credit: Destany Anderson/SAC.Media.

The Arise Program provides help to Asian American and Pacific Islander students looking for a place to further their studies. It works to better support and find ways for students to “arise” out of cultural stereotypes and fulfill their potential.

According to the program’s website, a team of individuals work together to serve, provide, inspire and help students learn to the best of their ability.

The Arise Program hosts many resources, such as events, activities, workshops, field trips, tutoring, study halls and more. To keep the students involved, the Arise Program provides spacious tables to study and work with one another, a conference room to study privately, a computer lab for students to research their studies and free scantrons for students to freely take for upcoming exams.

Arbie Fradejas, a current employee in the Arise Program, stays involved in every event, workshop, activity and field trip. She also hosts occasional events and remains a support system for students who are involved within the program.

Fradejas said that working the front desk also allows her the opportunity to assist students head-on with any questions or concerns.

“The Arise program welcomes any culture or ethnicity, not only strictly for the Asian American or Pacific Islander. Anyone can join,” Fradejas said. “Our goal is to welcome any student to our family.”

The Arise Program additionally allows students to see immediate counselors, rather than having to make an appointment along with every other Mt. SAC student. This program encourages members to stay involved with the school by participating in cultural nights to bring awareness to other individuals.

For more information about the program, visit the website, or call (909)-274-6622.

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