2021 Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month Calendar of Virtual Events 

APIDA Heritage month virtual book display 

April 1-30 

The NEIU Library will feature a book display celebrating APIDA+ authors as well as writings that reflect the lives and experiences of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans. Visit the virtual book display

Sponsored by the NEIU Libraries.

so you think you know a muslim?

3-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6
Online via Zoom

Hosted by four Muslim students and their mentors to address misconceptions about Muslims and to share their experiences through interactive activities. The participants will learn to understand the magnitude of the ethnicities in Asia, acknowledge the facts about Muslims, recognize that Muslims are normal humans, and discuss practical ways to approach Muslims with kindness. In collaboration with our research team. Our goal is to clear misconceptions and address them to improve interactions and empower Muslims on campus. Open to everyone, not just Muslims.

Sponsored by Muslim Student Association. 

apida staff panel 

2-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 7
Online via Zoom

Join us as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American staff at NEIU share their life experiences and ways we can advocate and strengthen the presence of our community on campus.

Sponsored by the Pedroso Center.

Sister talk: colorism & Beauty 

3-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 7
Online via Zoom

Sister Talk is hosting a discussion on colorism and beauty in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community. Participants will learn how colorism perpetuates the standards of beauty and the systems of oppression.

Game Night with PiN@y Club

7 p.m. Thursday, April 8
Online via Zoom

Sponsored by Pin@y Club and Student Leadership Development. 

Bystander Intervention to stop anti-Asian Harassment Training

2-3 p.m. Friday, April 9
Online via Zoom

Anti-Asian-American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the U.S. -- and the world. In this virtual Zoom workshop sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, CAIR Chicago, and Hollaback!, you'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising your safety.

This program is not affiliated with NEIU; it is sponsored by Great Lakes Asian American Student Services.

apida student panel 

3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 9
Online via Zoom

Facilitated and led by APIDA-identified student panelists, attendees will have an opportunity to have an open discussion about identities other than being APIDA. Student panelists will take turns sharing what encompasses their identities and ask attendees if they can relate to any of these identities (ex. being APIDA and a first-generation college student).

Sponsored by the Pedroso Center.

Movie screening: "Visible silence" 

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20
Online via Zoom

"Visible Silence" is a rare glimpse into the unspoken lives of Thai toms, dees and lesbians striving for recognition, authenticity and acceptance in a traditional Buddhist society. It is an intimate story of self and family, love and sexuality, and self-determination where conformity is prized. The film highlights the experience of masculine women (toms) who visibly transgress gender norms, yet are bound to remain silent about who they really are.

Sponsored by the Pedroso Center and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

history of gender-based violence in asian-American communities

3-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 27
Online via Zoom

This workshop will discuss the history of gender-based violence in Asian American communities. The workshop revolves around a historical timeline developed with the purpose of highlighting this specific history and Asian American community-based responses to violence. This timeline was developed to fill a gap in historical knowledge, with many mainstream gender-based violence historical timelines erasing the experiences of marginalized women and focusing on responses utilizing the criminal legal system. This workshop also highlights certain moments in history, such as the Page Act of 1875, which created the conditions to enable violence against Asian American women

Sponsored by the K(NO)W More Campaign 

APIDA Community lunch: Food as a love language 

1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, April 30
Online via Zoom

For most APIDA cultures, food is our love language, whether it be how parents say “I love you” to their children or how we welcome someone into our home. Though we may have grown up with our biological family or chosen family, one thing remains constant, and that is how food can be used as a form of comfort. Let’s explore together all the ways we experienced food in our communities! Please find a picture of food that reminds you of the food you ate growing up. During the session, attendees will share memories and stories about the importance of food in their community and culture. After the program is over we would like folks to share a picture or short 30-60 second video with us so that we can post on our Instagram Reels.

Sponsored by the Pedroso Center.

For questions about the calendar, please contact cdia@neiu.edu.