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Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

May 3, 2022

As we mark the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, designated in this year’s White House proclamation as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Seattle University affirms the rich tapestry of cultures, ethnicities, and experiences of this diverse and vibrant community – representing a broad diaspora of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi Americans.

To explore more of the texture offered by our colleagues, you are invited to take part in a number of on-campus and external community-based events scheduled throughout the month. Please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the full list, as well as a range of resources on the history behind AAPI Heritage Month, a toolkit for addressing and responding to anti-Asian racism, and other educational resources to celebrate and learn AAPI history, along with special Zoom backgrounds you can use during May.

As we honor AAPI Heritage Month, let us hold in our hearts deep gratitude for the AAPI community’s rich contributions and sacrifices, as well as determination to work against ongoing racism, xenophobia and violence against those in the AAPI community. Justice takes the courage to listen deeply enough to be changed by what we hear and moved to act in solidarity to build a more just and inclusive world. 


Eduardo Peñalver, President

Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

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Asian Studies has become one of the most exciting programs on campus. It is a multidisciplinary program designed for students interested in careers or graduate work in fields, where the knowledge of Asia and the ability to communicate and work in a multi-cultural setting are essential. The goal of the program is to foster the understanding and awareness of Asia that are critical to leaders and citizens of the 21st century.  As the closest US continental trading and transportation hub to Asia and with its large and growing Asian-American communities, Seattle is among the nation’s top metropolitan centers that have the deepest economic, cultural, and intellectual linkages with Asia.

In our multi-disciplinary program, you will enjoy a great range of courses offered by academic departments throughout the college.

You will gain a special expertise favored by many graduate programs and professions in today's society. The program aims to prepare you to work for different sectors, as well as for advanced studies. Your major in Asian Studies will prepare you to undertake entry-level professional jobs in the realm of Asian commerce, communication, or social justice work, or continue on to advanced studies of Asian and international studies in a variety of disciplines.

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