MCCCD Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month with Workshops, Webinars, and Documentary Films

May, 5 2022

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. To celebrate, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) invites community members to attend a variety of college-hosted events exploring the histories, themes, and issues of significance to the Asian American and Pacific Islander experience.

“Each May, we come together with our entire community of learners to honor, celebrate, and uplift Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage,” said MCCCD Interim Chancellor Dr. Steven Gonzales. “We hope you will be able to join us for this month-long celebration that provides an opportunity, through events and conversations, to deepen our commitment to diversity and lifelong learning among a supportive and engaged community.”

AAPI Heritage Month events are set to take place throughout May allowing participants to explore issues of environmental justice and equity, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the emotional health of college-going Asian youth today. 

Below is a sampling of events happening across the District. A full list of events can be found here.

Alternative Facts Film Screening

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Virtual Event | 4 p.m.

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Join Phoenix College for a virtual screening of the one-hour documentary film Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066, which examines how false information and political influences led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion session with film director Jon Osaki.

Webinar: Understanding Emotional Well-being of Asian Youth in College

Thursday, May 25, 2022

Virtual Event | 12 - 1 p.m.

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Join Rio Salado College for a webinar celebration honoring the art, history, and culture of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in addition to a discussion about the emotional well-being of college-going Asian youth today. 

Asian Americans & Environmental Justice Workshop

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Virtual Event | 12 - 1:30 p.m.

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Join Scottsdale Community College for a workshop on environmental equity through the lens of the Asian American experience, led by Cyatharine Alias, President of Chicago Asian Americans for Environmental Justice.

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