Celebrate APIDA Heritage Month
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month occurs every year during the month of May to celebrate, uplift, and educate others about the complex history and identities of those in the APIDA community. Due to the nature of our academic schedule, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) recognizes APIDA Heritage Month during the month of April. The CMEI and our partners collaborate every year to create programming surrounding the experiences and issues of the APIDA community. Through our events, we celebrate the vast diversity within the APIDA identity and bring to light issues that our community is experiencing in order to grow and heal.
Tri-Institutional Events: Open to the Auraria Campus and Community – For events opened to the Auraria campus and community sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver, please visit the Asian American Student Services within the Center for Identity & Inclusion.
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Kick-Off
Thursday, April 6th | 11:00AM – 1:00PM | Tivoli 320s
Open to the public, no registration required
The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion welcomes everyone to the APIDA Kick-Off to celebrate the APIDA culture and community with activities, music, performances, and food. Several community resources for Auraria students, families, alumni, faculty, staff and community members are available at the event. All attendees are welcome and can drop in during the timeframe to celebrate the 48 countries in Asia.
Let’s Get This Boba Par-Tea Started
Thursday, April 13th | 12:00PM – 1:30PM | Tivoli Multicultural Lounge 261
Join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion on a journey about the history of boba or also known as bubble tea. Come experience how boba became a staple of Taiwanese culture and how it has developed in all parts of the world. We will be hosting various local boba vendors where you can mix and match your very own boba flights with toppings.
The Expansion of the Nail Empire
Thursday, April 20th | 11:30AM – 1:00PM | Tivoli 320s
Join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion on the history of how transformative nail culture has inspired the beauty industry. Manicurists will be on site to discuss the origins of nail salons and the Vietnamese entrepreneurs who came to America in 1975 as immigrants who transformed the. In addition, manicures will be provided to attendees on a first come first served basis. Refreshments will be served.
Indian Film Screening: 2 States
Monday, April 24th
10:00AM – 12:30PM | JSSB 420 CAVEA Theater
12:30PM – 1:30PM | JSSB 422
*Indian Food Provided
Join MSU Denver Asian Studies Committee and the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion on a cultural journey through an Indian film, Two States. Come experience how India’s diversity and socio-cultural heritage can lead to cultural clashes when romance is on the way between graduate students from different regions of India. This film is based on a novel of the same name by Chetan Bhagat. After the film screening, we will have a discussion on various aspects of the film. The discussion will be led by Dr. Kalpana Hulluru, a Fulbright scholar in the English department.
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Karaoke Closing Event
Wednesday, April 26th | 11:30AM – 1:30PM | Tivoli 320s
Open to the public, no registration required
Join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion for karaoke. In the 1970’s the first karaoke machine was created by Daisuke Inoue in Kobe, Japan when an orchestra went on strike, forcing him to innovatively use a machine instead of an orchestra, thus changing the entertainment industry. We welcome all voices to join us in karaoke and food.
Asian Girls Ignite is on a mission to build a strong community of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) girls and women by celebrating their individual and collective power through shared stories.
- AAPI Emergency Response Network
- Asian Pacifica American Bar Association of Colorado
- Stand Against Hatred – Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Stop AAPI Hate – Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action, San Francisco State University
- Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Get involved with the Colorado Asian Chambers of Commerce
SEARAC is a national civil rights organization that empowers Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society. They are currently focused on policies regarding education, immigration and health and aging.
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