Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 4, 2021

Dear Seattle University Community,

As we mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Seattle University acknowledges with deep gratitude the AAPI community’s rich contributions to our nation and campus community. Seattle University is the institution it is today in large part because of the continuing commitment and dedication of so many in the AAPI community.

To celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, students, faculty and staff 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. There you can also learn about the history behind AAPI Heritage Month and find other resources, including special Zoom backgrounds you can use during May. We invite you to participate in these opportunities to honor and celebrate AAPI history.

At the same time, as recent events have sadly reminded us, the AAPI community continues to be subjected to racism, xenophobia and violence. As previously shared, the university supports and stands in solidarity with our AAPI students, faculty and staff, and we unequivocally condemn all acts of hatred and intolerance. This toolkit provides resources for addressing and responding to anti-Asian racism.

As we all celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, let us hold ourselves to ever higher standards in addressing racism and bigotry. Together we can and we must build a more just and humane world.


Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.

Shane P. Martin, PhD

Natasha Martin, JD
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Alvin Sturdivant, EdD
Vice President of Student Development