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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Resource Guide

APIM Graduation Ceremony (2024)

Identity-Based Graduation Ceremonies: APIM Graduation

Join us for this special Commencement celebration as we gather to not only recognize the amazing achievements of these 2024 graduates, but to thank them for all that they have done to encourage others as they work to build their own legacies of success. The ceremony will take place on May 30, 2024, at 6 PM, in Drexel University's Main Auditorium.

Drexel's 2nd Asian Countries Festival! (2024)

Drexel's 2nd Asian Countries Festival!

Join us for our 2nd Asian Countries Festival on Wednesday, May 1 from 3pm-5pm! Enjoy snacks from different Asian countries, drink free Boba tea, and enter the raffle to be one of ten winners, all while learning from cultural presentations and playing games. Hosted by Drexel Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion (SCDI), College of Computing and Informatics Doctoral Student Association, Middle Eastern and North African Club, and Persian Student Association.

Libraries Staff Spotlight: Jay Bhatt & the Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Philadelphia

DrexelJay Bhatt and colleagues from the USACE pose Librarian Jay Bhatt Keynote Speaker at Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebrations hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Philadelphia, 2013 & 2015

2013 session: Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion

"In today's global world, as technology and culture are being integrated across the boundaries, it becomes crucial that we explore salient aspects various cultures and introspect how they can inspire us in developing leadership skills. In this presentation, we will explore values from Asian regions as China, India, and Japan. A leader envisions, takes action, shows courage, takes meaningful risks, and steers his or her organization from the midst of chaos. He or she can also lift a thriving organization to the next higher level. So, in what ways do these different cultures represent their value system to inspire creative, and sustaining leadership? In Chinese culture, the leader is normally the Head of his family. What if we consider our organization as a family and a leader as devoted Head of this family and steers the organization with loyalty, commitment and vision? From the Indian perspectives, even mindedness is considered as a valuable trait for a person to thrive in any situation. Even mindedness is the ability to remain calm and control mind in such a way that no situation can perturb human action in a negative way. Can leader acquire this trait through practice and mediation and guide his or her organization to the pinnacle? This presentation highlights the positive value system from the Asia Pacific region to help us build, develop and sustain leadership skills."

Close up on inscribed Liberty Bell trophy/plaque awarded to Jay Bhatt

2015 session: Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion

"The United States has recognized the month of May as a time to acknowledge the achievements and contributions to the American story by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians (AAPIs). We celebrate the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented among more than 56 ethnic groups (speaking over 100 languages) from Asia and the Pacific Islands who live in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843. It was also chosen to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869." This presentation featured the accomplishments of actors, artists, journalists, doctors, astronauts, musicians, and much more.

[Photo credits: USACE, Tim Boyle]

Drexel DISHA & Pragathi Flashmob