Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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This April RIC pays tribute to the Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future.

"The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is proud to announce the 2024 National AANHPI Heritage Month Theme: 'Advancing Leaders Through Innovation'."

- The Federal Asian Pacific American Council

Understanding This Year's Theme

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"Advancing Leaders Through Innovation," pays homage to the visionaries and trailblazers who have shaped our AANHPI history and continue to influence our collective future. Innovation, resilience, and a pioneering spirit are cornerstones of American leadership. AANHPI leaders have made lasting contributions to our Nation’s economic prosperity, technological advancements, and social/political change through their ingenuity and creativity while navigating significant cultural and systemic barriers.

From the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC).

Honoring and Celebrating at RIC

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Rhode Island College is hosting a number of events and opportunities this April to honor Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Nationally, AANHPI heritage month is celebrated in May, but while classes are in session we hope that you'll participate, learn, celebrate, and enjoy RIC's AANHPI heritage month with us!

Join Us at Our Flagship Events

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Cultural Festival

On Wednesday, April 10, 12–2 pm join us on the quad for a day of culture at our Inaugural Cultural Festival! Sample delicious foods, play cultural games and activities, and be entertained by cultural performances! Complete a passport by visiting all tables to be entered to win a $200 gift card and a basket curated by our cultural student organizations. 

This is a collaboration between Student Activities, Unity Center, and RIC's multicultural organizations: Asian Student Association, Harambee, Latin American Student Organization, Muslim Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Visiting International Students Association. 

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Spirited Away with ASA

On Tuesday, April 9 from 5–7 pm in the Student Union Ballroom, please join ASA and the Unity Center to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We're holding an engaging student-run panel followed by a captivating movie screening! Dinner and popcorn provided. 

Our panel will feature insightful discussions on various aspects of Asian culture, identity, and experiences. Following the panel discussion we will screen Spirited Away, which explores themes related to the Asian experience. Whether you're interested in exploring different cultures, learning about social issues, or simply enjoying a great film, this event promises to be both entertaining and enlightening. 

RSVP for Spirited Away with ASA

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