Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
Each year, the KU Medical Center community commemorates Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month through the offering of events and resources. Learn more about how to become involved with the celebrations.
Spotlights: KU Medical Center Community Member Biographies
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.
2021 Event Recordings
View all videos on YouTube or watch the playlist below.
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. View recording on YouTube
"The History of Racist Presentations of Asian and Pacific Islanders" by Dr. Jason Glenn
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. View recording on YouTube
“Life Beyond Blindness: The Story Of An Asian-Indian Scientist Who Turned His Vision Loss Into A Rewarding Career Opportunity” by Dr. Rakesh Babu
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. View recording on YouTube
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. View recording on YouTube
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. View recording on YouTube
"The Gleam of the Untravelled World: Transforming Education Through Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge" by Dr. Venkat Sharma
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. View recording on YouTube
Shop or Dine at an Asian Grocery Store or Restaurant
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
May 5: Jayhawk Coffee Break
Members of the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Committee, an extension of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cabinet Programming Committee, will be available to share information about their current activities and events.
May 6: Community Conversations: Discrimination & Racism Around COVID-19
The Student Diversity Council (SDC) will facilitate an open discussion lead by Dr. Monica Oh on how COVID-19 amplifies social and racial disparities.
May 20: Research Day
Learn about the research conducted by KU Medical Center’s Asian Pacific Islander American faculty and students. Digital posters and presentations will be followed by a keynote address by Ronald Chen, M.D., MPH, Joe and Jean Brandmeyer Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, and associate director of health equity at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.