San Francisco State UniversityTrustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar
Cheng Yu emigrated from China, where he
suffered discrimination from being a double
minority: deaf and gay. After being forced to
undergo conversion therapy for his sexual
orientation, Cheng decided to create a new
life for himself abroad. Despite the challenges
of learning spoken English, he relocated to
the U.S. and graduated from the University of
Oregon with a bachelor’s in psychology.
Cheng is currently a graduate student in social
psychology at San Francisco State University,
where he maintains a 4.0 GPA and serves as
a graduate student researcher in the Social
Perception, Attitudes, Mental Simulation Lab.
A first-generation college student, Cheng
wants to earn a doctorate. He dreams of
becoming a university professor to conduct
research and share knowledge about gender
discrimination and racial diversity. He has
volunteered with nonprofits supporting
LGBTQ communities in the U.S. and China
and wants to establish an organization to
support gay rights internationally.