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MMC Celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi Associated (APIDA) Heritage Month

April 25, 2019
  • APIDA Heritage Month at MMC
In anticipation of APIDA Heritage Month 2019, MMC’s Student Development and Activities Office has coordinated several campus-wide events to honor and celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi Associated* (APIDA) cultures, histories, and identities.

APIDA officially stands for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American, but MMC substitutes American with Associated to include both domestic and international students. These events are sponsored and hosted by the Office of Student Development and Activities, Student Activities Advisory Board, Campus Activities Board, Cultural Peer Mentors, and Chartwells. RSVP at the links below!

This year’s keynote event is a workshop on APIDA identity and success in the workplace with educator Isabella Villacampa on Tuesday, May 7. Villacampa serves as the Associate Director for Community Engagement at New York University’s Center for Student Life. She has presented on topics including Social Justice & Identity, Social Media, and Generational Differences. She was featured in a piece about Filipino-American identity in the Huffington Post, and in 2016 was invited to the Filipino American History Month celebration at the White House.


April 30 - Taste of Culture: Vietnam

As part of MMC Week, the Campus Activities Board presents Taste of Culture: Vietnam. Enjoy food, music, and games while celebrating Vietnamese culture.

May 1 - Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

Learn about and practice Chinese calligraphy from instructors at the Chinatown Florentine School of the Arts. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board.

May 2 - Trip to the Museum of Chinese in America

Join the Cultural Peer Mentors on a trip to the Museum of Chinese in America, followed by a dinner in Chinatown!

May 7 - APIDA Identity and Success in the Workplace

Explore the intersection of APIDA identity and the navigation of leadership and success in the workplace. How does the model minority myth impact professional experiences? 

May 8 - “But You Don’t Look Asian” Roundtable

What does it mean to look Asian? How do we navigate conversations that assume race is one face? Join Student Development and Activities for a short film and roundtable discussion on perceptions of Asian ethnicities.

May 9 - Crazy Rich Asians Film Screening

Join us for the closing program of APIDA Heritage Month - a screening of box-office smash, Crazy Rich Asians. The 2018 film was the first major studio picture in the last 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast!