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April 2014

Heritage Month

SDIS Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

AAPIMay is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. Just as we celebrate the rich history and contributions of African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, so too we recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the vibrant and diverse culture of Asian Americans.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (formerly Asian Pacific American Heritage Month) is celebrated nationally in May to recognize the history and diverse cultures and honor the contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The SDIS office will celebrate during late April and part of May to accommodate the academic calendar.
AAPI came about when Congress passed a resolution in 1978 to designate a week to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. They chose May because it’s when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in America in 1843, and when Chinese laborers finished the transcontinental railroad in 1869. But the celebration soon outgrew the constraints of a week, so President George H.W. Bush proclaimed it a month in 1990.
The View and T’s will feature a special lunch menu to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander culture. T’s will offer lunch from 11-2 p.m. April 28-May 2. Some of the menu items include Chinese Buffet, Curried Chicken with Rice, and Beef Steam Rolls. The View will offer lunch from 11-2 p.m. April 22-26. We hope you will enjoy these special menus crafted by the talented chefs here at University of St. Thomas.
On Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m. all month long we will have Purple Bench time in the office. Each day will have a special theme, and we will work on crafts to celebrate the top 5 Asian ethnic groups in Minnesota according to the 2010 census: Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Asian Indian, and Vietnamese. We would love for your students to come learn about Asian American and Pacific Islander culture.
Our big celebration takes place on Friday, May 2nd from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in ASC Dance. On the final day of Livin’ in Color Week, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services and Hana will celebrate with ASIAfest. Performers from CAAM Chinese Dance Theatre, University of Minnesota’s Mohabbat, and HUSA are featured. Traditional food from the top 5 Asian ethnic groups in Minnesota according to the 2010 census will be provided at the event. Please join us in this celebration!

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Expand your world, Explore your identity

parisJust as the face of America is rapidly changing, it is becoming increasingly important for students in the U.S. to travel and study in other countries. Study abroad opens a world of opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds. Whether you are interested in exploring your identity through your heritage, experiencing a third culture, or gaining professional and academic experience in your major, study abroad expands your world.
Student Diversity and Inclusion Services along with the UST Study Abroad office, encourage greater diversity in study abroad, particularly among students of color. Not only will your participation make you competitive for graduate school and in the work place, it will also ensure that our programs reflect the diversity of our campus and our country.
For minority students, studying abroad may present special challenges. These challenges may include discrimination, depending on how foreign cultures perceive your particular ethnicity. However, your ethnic uniqueness can also benefit you while living in a foreign country, providing you with opportunities that can be gained while studying abroad.
Minority students often discover that their uniqueness facilitates conversation, creates curiosity, and attracts people. Also students of color often find that they adapt quickly to their host community because of their minority experience in the U.S. As a minority in the U.S., you interact daily with both the majority culture and with other minority cultures, and this experience crossing cultural divides has prepared you to engage cultures and societies in other countries. You might find it easier to accept different perspectives and be more open-minded about different cultures.
If you are planning on studying abroad make sure not to miss the deadline to apply for out J-Term International Education Study Abroad Scholarships
Here is a list of great resources to help you as you decide your study abroad options.