Join Georgia State’s Cultures, Communities and Inclusion team and the university community in observing Asian, Pacific Islander & Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month with events during the last week of March and throughout April.
Although this commemoration is officially observed in May, the university holds events and observances so all may participate before classes end for the spring semester.
While the commemoration is designated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by the U.S. Congress, we use the term APIDA to intentionally include people of South Asian descent (Desi) as part of our community. There is a great diversity of identities and ethnicities encompassed under the APIDA umbrella, including but not limited to East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander.
Learn more about events and observances, including registration information, through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website at https://dei.gsu.edu/info/apida/. If you have an event you’d like to submit, please click here for a submission form.
Here are just a few highlights of events happening during the first week of the celebration, happening March 28 through April 1:
- Monday, March 28, 6 to 9 p.m.: Holi Festival, Collins Street
- Tuesday, March 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m.: Nowruz (Persian New Year Festival), Student Center West, Rooms 466/468
- Wednesday, March 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Building Bridges – African and Asian Descended Allies, 25 Park Place, Room 223
- Wednesday, March 30, gates opening at 6:30 p.m.: Drive-In Movie Night with the Vietnamese Student Association, Georgia State Stadium Green Lot
- Thursday, March 31, 5 to 9:30 p.m.: Flourish Fashion Show, Speakers Auditorium
- Thursday, March 31-Friday, April 1: Social Justice Summit, Veterans Memorial Hall
Make sure to check back with the website for new events as they become available.
The page also includes resources connecting students, faculty and staff to offices, departments, centers, clubs and organizations at the university, as well as the university’s diversity database of DEI programs and searchable resource library with books, articles and multimedia listings.
Georgia State recognizes heritage months by celebrating the customs, values and traditions of various cultures, examining the issues and struggles of those communities as well as affirming their contributions to society. Heritage months are important in providing intentional space for teaching, learning and reflection.
Cultures, Communities & Inclusion (CCI) and partner departments celebrate the identities and histories of members of Georgia State’s global communities. Each month there are vibrant performances, lectures and activities that up lift our rich cultural diversity and help us understand our shared history.
For more information about diversity-related events, observances, news, programs and more, visit https://dei.gsu.edu.
— Jeremy Craig, Communications Manager for the Office of the Provost