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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

AAPI MonthEach year during the month of May, the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement pays tribute to the generation of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

For this celebration, we refer “Asian/Pacific” to encompass all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Asian American and Pacific Islander Events




AAPI Pottery Event

Saturday, April 23 & April 30, 2022

Time: 12:00 -2:00 PM 

Location: USM 3D Art Studio

In preparation for Asian American and Pacific Islander month, our office has join forces with the USM 3D Art Haven. Join us and Mr. Allen Chen this Saturday, April 16th or on April 30th at 12 PM. To create your very own pottery piece.

All creations will be placed in our AAPI silent auction during AAPI Heritage month in May. For more information about this event, contact Allen Chen at RSVP at


AAPI Silent Auction and Tabling Event 

Monday, May 2, 2022- Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Time: 11:00 -1:00 PM 

Location: Thad Cochran Center Lobby 

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month through engagement in our tabling events starting on Monday through Wednesday. Each day, participants will have the opportunity to participate in our Silent Auction and other activities that educate our USM Community about AAPI Heritage and Culture.  



The goal of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month is to give students access to events and information to help them become more culturally aware and competent with regard to the Asian America & Pacific Islander community and prominent figures and moments in the history and culture. By providing events centered on educational, social, and cultural aspects related to AAPI Month, we hope to help those from other backgrounds learn more about and become advocates for the AAPI community. 

Nneka Ayozie, Co-Chair

Dr. Jessica Valles, Co-Chair

Jaborius Ball

Christina Bracey

Michael Bunales

Allen Chen

Andrew Le

Tuyetnhi Nguyen

Dr. Julie Reid 

Gallayanee Yaoyuneyoug