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How Inclusive Is Your Curriculum? History and Perspectives of APIDA Identities

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
2:30 to 4 p.m.
1710 Sangren Hall

This workshop invites participants to discuss how the different historical movements for equality impact and intersect with one another. Together, we will create an interactive, graphic timeline of key events in the journey toward equality. We will also discuss the implications for higher education practice and the need for development of policies, programs, and services designed to be more inclusive of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American students. This workshop is co-hosted by the Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services and Multicultural Affairs for Students.

Philanthropy for an Inclusive Democracy: A Racial Equity History Centering Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and South Asian Communities

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
5 to 7 p.m.

In this free webinar, participants will be introduced to a shared analytical framework for successful grantmaking strategies that support all communities to thrive by centering those most impacted by compounded inequity and injustice. The racial equity history discussed offers an overview of the state of Asian Pacific America within the larger context of racial equity while peeling back a monolithic view of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and South Asian people.

About the speaker:

Scot Nakagawa is a 42-year veteran of social and economic justice advocacy and has served as an organizer, political strategist, and social movement analyst in the struggle against authoritarianism and for equitable and inclusive democracy since 1988.

Scot serves as co-director of the 22nd Century Initiative, a national strategy and action center that is preserving and expanding the potential for inclusive, people-centered democracy in the U.S. by building the field of resistance to authoritarian ideas and movements. He is a past Open Society Foundations fellow, and Senior Fellow on Nationalism, Authoritarianism, and Race of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. He is also a writer whose essays on authoritarianism and resistance can be found online in The Anti-Authoritarian Playbook.

This educational opportunity is brought to you by Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Western Michigan University (Multicultural Affairs for Students, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Services and Diversity Education), Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.

Annual Commemorative Months

Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 to October 15
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.

Native American Heritage Month: November
Native American Heritage Month, or American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, in November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the contributions of Native people.

Black History Month: February
Black History Month is an annual observance every February in the United States for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: May
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, observed in May every year, is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society, and culture.