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2021 Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

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BIOGRAPHICAL POSTERS OF RESEARCHERS, FACULTY, RESIDENTS, STUDENTS & STAFF

Virtual exhibit

May 1-31
Learn about the background and careers of several Asian Pacific Islander American researchers, faculty, residents, students and staff, as well as their journey to KU Medical Center. Community members’ stories are available online throughout the month. Spotlights will also be shared via social media and the diversity intranet site.

LOCAL ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN CULTURAL EVENTS

View online

May 1-31
Enjoy a variety of recorded Asian Pacific Islander American cultural performances by groups in the Kansas City and Wichita communities.

JAYHAWK COFFEE BREAK

May 4, 8-9 a.m.
Members of the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Committee, an extension of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cabinet Programming Committee, share information about their current activities and events.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

BY DR. JASON GLENN:
“THE HISTORY OF RACIST REPRESENTATIONS OF ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS”

May 7, Noon - 1 p.m.
Jason Glenn, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine, delivers a keynote presentation addressing how Asian and Pacific Islanders have been represented in history and media.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

BY DR. RAKESH BABU:
“LIFE BEYOND BLINDNESS: THE STORY OF AN ASIAN-INDIAN SCIENTIST WHO TURNED HIS VISION LOSS INTO A REWARDING CAREER OPPORTUNITY”

May 14, Noon - 1 p.m.
Rakesh Babu, Ph.D., lead accessibility scientist at Envision Research Institute, delivers a keynote presentation addressing how he used his disability as a way to advocate for the visually impaired or blind community.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION:
MULTIGENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES PANEL

May 18, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
This series focuses on the multigenerational intersectionality of diverse perspectives in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Our goal with the panel is to amplify voices within the community to build stronger advocacy and allyship systems in the fight for racial equity and liberation.

RESEARCH DAY

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION BY DR. VENKAT SHARMA
THE GLEAM OF THE UNTRAVELLED WORLD: TRANSFORMING EDUCATION THROUGH THRESHOLD CONCEPTS AND TROUBLESOME KNOWLEDGE.

APIA Heritage Month Research Day Booklet

May 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Learn about the research conducted by KU Medical Center's Asian Pacific Islander American faculty, trainees and students. Digital posters and presentations, followed by keynote address delivered by Dr. Venkatanarayanan Sharma, Dean and Professor of Biology, College of Science and Health at William Paterson University. Continuing education credit will be available for attending this event.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION:
ADDRESSING RACISM AND MACRO/MICROAGGRESSIONS ON CAMPUS

May 26, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Join the conversation to learn about macro/microaggressions, how to heal from racism and strategies on how to address your colleagues, patients, or strangers when you are confronted with racism.

Last modified: Jun 11, 2021
Additional Resources

Shop or Dine at an Asian Grocery Store or Restaurant
May 1 - May 31
Grab a meal or snack at an Asian or Pacific Islander Store or Restaurant (PDF).

Read in the T.R.U.T.H.
Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Children's Book List (PDF)

How to report discriminatory or harassment acts:
Video | PDF

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