Monthly Acknowledgment: May 2022
Every year in the month of May, we celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. It has been estimated that Washington is home to over 630,000 Asian Americans and almost 50,000 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in Washington State.
The Federal Government defines “Asian” to include persons “having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent” and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander as persons "having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.” When looking at the lines drawn and comparing it to the world map, we see that Asian and Pacific Islander encompass more than those two distinguished groups. Just as Arab-Americans had advocated for their ethnic group to be recognized in the U.S. Census, so have the ethnic groups categorized under AANHPI as their identities may not seamlessly align within this category. These peoples can also be identified as APIDA as it includes Desi-American, as a pan-ethnic classification that intentionally includes South Asians (Desi) as part of the community. Below are examples of the broader categorizations of these communities:
- Central Asians: Afghani, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgians, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek
- East Asians: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Okinawan, Taiwanese, Tibetan
- Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders: (in the United States Jurisdictions & Territories) Carolinian, Chamorro, Chuukese, Fijian, Guamanian, Hawaiian, Kosraean, Marshallesse, Native Hawaiian, Niuean, Palauan, Pohnpeian, Samoan, Tokelauan, Tongan, Yapese
- Southeast Asians: Bruneian, Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Laotian, Malaysian, Mien, Papua New Guinean, Singaporean, Timorese, Thai, Vietnamese
- South Asians: Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Indian, Maldivians, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan
- West Asians: This is a contested term, most people from the region do not self-identify as such. West Asia is typically referred to as the Middle East; and geographically includes the countries of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey (straddles Europe and Asia) United Arab Emirates and Yemen
With mounting anxieties about the spread of COVID-19, the Asian American group, in particular, has been additionally burdened by heightened racial tension and racist microaggressions, as well as a surge in racially motivated hate crimes involving physical violence and harassment. Meanwhile, an estimated 2 million Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders have served on the front lines of this crisis as healthcare providers, as first responders, and in other essential roles.
Despite the hardships they have experienced throughout American history, the AANHPI groups are some of the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. and has contributed to our nation in many ways. They add to the vibrancy of our country through a diversity of experiences, cultures, languages, foods, and religions. AANHPIs also bring stories of their diaspora and migration, adapting to new lives, and of their U.S.-born children that then faced different circumstances. Learn more about AANHPI communities by accessing the links below.
Learn more about AANHPI communities:
- AAPI Data
- Pew Research: Key Facts About Asian Americans
- API-GBV Census Data & API Identities
- COVID-19 Toolkit: Strategies to Defeat Asian American Racial Profiling and Xenophobia (OCA)
- The Office of Equity shares many ANHPI resources, both local and national.
- More facts about AAPI from the U.S. Census.
In your communities:
- Pride Asia Fest 2022: LBGTQ+ API celebration, Sunday, May 29, 2022, 12-4 p.m., FREE
- Visit Seattle: Things to do, local shopping, and restaurants.
- Events and education at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Know your Rights
- Watch a Webinar Series.
- Contribute to the AAPI Heritage Month video & photo contest!
DEI Strategic Plans
Please join us for information on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plans, a crucial component in advancing racial equity in our colleges and a key deliverable in SB 5194. We will hear from three system colleagues about the development of their DEI Strategic Plans and will be joined by our SBCTC colleagues Lynn Palmanteer-Holder, Director of Tribal Relations and Curriculum Development, and Monica Wilson, Director of Student Success Center and Strategic Initiatives, and Dr. Claudine Richardson, Policy Associate for Student Success Center.
Below are the dates and the calendar links to register, as well as corresponding agendas:
Information Sessions: Senate Bills 5194 & 5227
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion department will be conducting information sessions in January 2022 to provide guidance and support for the implementation of Senate Bills 5227 and 5194. Each session will include an optional 30-minute Q&A session after the presentations. These presentations have also been recorded and captioned for those that were unable to attend.
Below are the dates with video links and corresponding agendas:
- January 5, 2022 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Agenda
- January 12, 2022 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Agenda
- January 19, 2022 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Agenda
Faculty Diversity Program
We invite you to join us in our college showcase highlighting the diverse faculty hiring practices in our colleges, as an extension of our information sessions. We welcome colleagues from Highline College, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, and Spokane Falls Community College to share their work for recruiting and retaining faculty from all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. These presentations have also been recorded and captioned for those that were unable to attend.
Below are the dates with video links and corresponding agendas:
Conferences and Meetings
Acknowledgments & Proclamations
- Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month
- Black History Month 2022
- Celebrating Kwanzaa
- EDI Land and Labor Acknowledgment
- In Recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day
- Rising Up for our AAPI Communities
- Ramadan 2022
- Rethinking Thanksgiving
- Resolution Denouncing Anti-Asian Discrimination (COVID-19)
- Resolution Denouncing Violence Against Blacks
- Veterans Day Message
- Women's History Month 2022
Last Modified: 5/17/22, 4:07 PM