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Celebrating Diversity: Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

Use this guide as a starting point to learn more about some of the diverse cultures and people found in the United States.

AAPI Heritage Month History

In 1978 President Carter signed a joint resolution establishing the first ten days of May as Asian Pacific Heritage Week. Thereafter, presidents annually passed proclamations for an Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1990 Congress passed a law designating May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

President Obama signed a proclamation in 2009 recognizing the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.*

For more information including student organizations and campus resources, consult the Diversity & Inclusion Guide.


* adapted from Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month


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Notable AAPI People


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