Every May, our country celebrates the contributions and culture of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. There are a vast amount of identities and experiences that challenge the monolithic label of AAPI. We’ve witnessed advocacy through Manongs Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz showcasing cross-racial solidarity as leaders, ethnic studies students and educators creating Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies, and activists like Yuji Ichioka and Emma Gee coining the term Asian American. Beyond large movements and historical moments, our community continues to make an impact on a daily basis. As LEAD Filipino, we seek to uphold and celebrate this leadership, education, activism, and dialogue through our programming. During this AA and NHPI Heritage Month, we invite you all to celebrate alongside us and contribute your voice towards fighting for community justice.
This year the theme of AAPI Heritage Month is “Advancing Leaders through Opportunity”. Check out how we have supported our community’s leadership and growth with our various programs, events, and initiatives!