We Celebrate! APIDA Heritage Month 2024

March 28, 2024
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April is a busy time around the W.A. Franke Honors College, but let's take time to pause and celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures, histories, and contributions of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) communities during APIDA Heritage Month. This month and the next provides a meaningful opportunity for reflection, appreciation, and advocacy for the diverse voices within our University of Arizona community. By honoring their experiences and achievements, we deepen our understanding of cultural diversity and promote unity within our community.

Throughout the month of April and beyond, let us engage in meaningful dialogue, celebrate diversity, and actively support initiatives that promote equity and inclusion for all. There are many resources within our campus community, as well as events happening in and around the University of Arizona and the W.A. Franke Honors College that all are welcome to and encouraged to attend. 

Happy APIDA Heritage Month!

Community Organizations & Clubs 

Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA) - The APASA Center provides students with a place to meet new friends, hang out between classes and learn more about what The University of Arizona has to offer. They have a wide range of services, including events, student success programs, advising & tutoring, and more! APASA is located in the Student Union Suite 409. They are open from Mondays - Thursdays between 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Pre-Health Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) - This is a student-led collaborative organization that aims to enhance undergraduate pathways for Asian Pacific American pre-health students by addressing challenges they face in education, medicine and healthcare, and society.

Asian American Cultural Association (AACA) - A non-profit organization at The University of Arizona dedicated to instilling and maintaining a spirit of community among Asians and Asian Americans.

Tucson Chinese Chorizo Project - Celebrating the Chinese Chorizo, a symbol for community resiliency & solidarity created by early Chinese & Mexican immigrants in Tucson, AZ.

Campus Events

“Riding Han” Film Screening In collaboration with Campus Rec and Korean American Student Association | April 4, 6:00 PM | South Rec, North Conference Rm 2nd Floor

Sakura Project Art Exhibit - Co-hosted by Japanese American Student Association | April 22, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Student Union 409A, 409D, 409J/K

Mahjong Fridays | April 19 & 26, 1:00 - 5:00 PM | Student Union 409A

Students For Sustainability & APASA Cooking Class | April 26, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Student Union 409A

Resources & Support

The University of Arizona is determined to meet the rising anti-Asian and Pacific Islander racism with compassion and inclusion. This page is to provide resources, opportunities for engagement and sharing your stories, avenues for enhancing your understanding of APIDA history, culture, and experiences, and suggestions for diverse mediums that celebrate Asian, Pacific Islander, and APIDA joy. The lists are not exhaustive but are a great place to start.

APIDA Resources & Support