2020 Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month Calendar of Virtual Events 

APIDA Heritage month virtual book display 

April 1-30 
Ronald Williams Library

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

APIDA community conversation: anti-Asian racism and covid-19

1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 7

This event is intended for Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American NEIU faculty, staff and students to come together and process anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sign up for access.

let's Talk: NEIU APIDA Student Panel 

3-5 p.m. Friday, April 10

NEIU APIDA students share their experiences regarding their current moment as well as other important topics around identity and inclusion. 

Facilitated by Albert Chanthaboury, Student Leadership Development.

Asian Americans and gender-based violence workshop 

3-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15

This workshop will discuss the history of gender-based violence in Asian American communities. The workshop revolved around a historical timeline developed with the purpose of highlighting this specific history and Asian American community-based responses to violence. 

Facilitated by Jessica Wang, KAN-WIN.

Apida Community in STEM

3- 4:40 p.m. Thursday, April 16

Let's explore challenges and resources for STEM education and career. 

Facilitated by Shreya Patel, STEM Advisor, Student Center for Science Engagement.

"But I Don't Want to Be a Doctor ... : Dealing With Family Pressure Around Our Career Choice"

3-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 17

This workshop will delve into how family pressure in the APIDA+ community can impact student mental health, as well resources and guides to career exploration

Facilitated by Shannon Sibel, Career Coordinator, Career Development, and Radhika Sharma Gordon, Education and Outreach Manager, Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home).

APIDA Community in Higher Education

3-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21

Students engage intersections of race, citizenship status and culture in higher education. 

Facilitated by Kay Fujiyoshi, University of Chicago.

Ask an inclusive career coach

Students can ask questions about careers based on their major and overall life goals. 

6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22

For questions about the calendar, please contact Valentina Gamboa-Turner at