Skip to main content.

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.

APIA Events and Activities Banner

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.

VIEW SPOTLIGHTS 

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

Keynote Presentations

"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

Community Conversations

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

Research Day

"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

Additional Resources

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
Video 

Past Event Information
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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

University of Kansas Medical Center
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Mailstop 2015
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3319
Fax: 913-588-1412