Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

A/PIA Heritage Month Calendar

****MESA's priority is to support everyone's health, wellness, and safety. In adhering to the university's announcement, we are canceling events and exploring shifting a few events to an online platform. For the most updated information, please refer to this webpage. Stay tuned! 

About Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (A/PIA Heritage Month) is a university-wide celebration of Asian/Pacific Islander American heritage. While the month is federally recognized in May, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the United Asian American Student Organizations (UAAO) celebrate the month from mid-March to mid-April, with a diverse range of events that honor A/PIA history, heritage, community, and identities.

Throughout the month, events will be added to the list of events below that may not necessarily be represented on the graphic calendar! Please check back often for updates. All are invited to join us! 

For questions about specific event information or in general about A/PIA Heritage Month, please contact MESA at (734) 763-9044 or by emailing We are more than happy to help!


kNOw history, kNOw self: A Look Into the Filipinx-American Identity
by the Filipino American Student Association 
Monday, March 9th, 7:30PM - 9PM
Vandenberg (2nd floor), Michigan League

A/PIA Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
with the APID/A Staff Association & United Asian American Organizations
Thursday, March 12th, 6:30PM - 9PM
Please visit our virtual opening ceremony photos and videos

Timeline Teatime
[on-going throughout the month] 
Add your own hxstory or your family's hxstory to this virtual timeline! For instructions, please click here

Michele Peñaloza Poetry Reading, Book Signing & Discussion 
with A/PIA Studies & Women's Studies
Monday, March 30th, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Join virtually via BueJeans: (Meeting ID 199 159 640)
Free and open to the first 200 participants! 

Nationalism in Burma: From the Personal to Systemic
Monday, March 30th, 7:30PM - 9PM
Join virtually via Zoom:

Jenn Fang: Speaking Up & Speaking Out: Why the AAPI Community Must Be Politically Engaged
with United Asian American Organizations 
Monday, April 6th, 5:30PM - 7PM 
Join virtually via Zoom: RSVP HERE

Healing Spiritual Roots through Racial Borrowing
with Dr. Brett Esaki, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Wednesday, April 15th, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Join virtually via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 163 493 082 & Password: CEAPIARIW

Trivia Night: A/PIA Heritage Month Edition! 
Tuesday, April 14th, 5:30PM - 6:30PM 
Join virtually via Zoom: 

A/PIA Heritage Month Closing Celebration featuring Jes Tom! 
with United Asian American Organizations 
Friday, April 17th, 7PM - 8PM 
Join virtually via Zoom:

A/PIA Community Gathering 
Tuesday, April 21st, 6:30PM - 7:30PM 
Join virtually via Zoom:



CANCELED: Coalition Building Peer-Led Teach-In
Monday, March 16th, 6PM - 7PM 
MESA (3rd floor), Michigan Union

CANCELED: Paint the Rock with United Asian American Organizations!
Monday, March 16th, 7:30PM - 9PM        
The Rock @ Washtenaw Ave & Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI

CANCELED: Anti-Racism Teach-In
Wednesday, March 18th, 6PM - 7:30PM
MESA (3rd floor), Michigan Union

CANCELED: Indigenous Healing In Action: Part 2
Friday, March 20th, 7:30PM - 9:30PM 
Multipurpose Room BC, Trotter Multicultural Center 

CANCELED: LGBT Mixer: Let's Get Boba Tea! with the Spectrum Center
Tuesday, March 24th, 5:30PM - 7PM  
Sweeting, 1213 S University Ave

CANCELED: Students for Ethnic Studies: Beyond Whitewashed Education
by United Asian American Organizations, La Casa, Arab Students Association, & Mixed@Michigan
Thursday, March 26th, 7PM - 9 PM
Great Lakes Room (4th floor), Palmer Commons

CANCELED: A/PIA Studies Mixer
Friday, March 27th, 2PM - 3PM
Yuri Kochiyama Lounge, South Quad

CANCELED: Lei Traditions with Dr. Amy Stillman & Hula Michigan
Wednesday, April 1st, 12PM - 2PM 
Haven Hall Posting Wall

CANCELED: Meet & Greet: A/PIA & Arab Heritage Month Committees! 
Thursday, April 2nd, 5:30PM - 7PM
MESA (3rd floor), Michigan Union

CANCELED: Dance Workshop with Konnect 
Sunday, April 5th, 4PM - 6PM
Haven Hall Posting Wall

CANCELED: A/PIAs & the Environment
by the School for Environment and Sustainability, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion    
April 6th to April 10th  
First Floor Commons, Samuel T. Dana Building
****UPDATE: We are exploring the possibility of sharing their poster designs online. More information will become available. 

CANCELED: How are we counted? Status of Institutional Data on APID/A Staff, Faculty, & Students 
by the APID/A Staff Association
Wednesday, April 8th, 3:30 PM - 5PM 
Kuenzel (1st floor), Michigan Union

CANCELED: Mixing It Up! (Multiracial Conversations)
with Mixed@Michigan
April 8th, 6PM - 8PM 
MESA (3rd floor), Michigan Union

CANCELED: What is Asian American Cinema? Short Films Screening & Discussion
Monday, April 13th, 5:30PM - 8PM
Hatcher Gallery, Hatcher Graduate Library

CANCELED: Generation Asian Pacific American Cultural Show
by GenAPA  
Saturday, April 18th, 7PM - 9PM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre



Thank you to our co-sponsors and collaborators! Without their support, A/PIA Heritage Month 2020 would not be possible! 

  • A/PIA Studies 
  • APID/A Staff Association 
  • Community Action and Social Change Minor 
  • Filipino American Student Association 
  • Generation APA 
  • Konnect 
  • Mixed@Michigan 
  • Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives 
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • School for Environment and Sustainability, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • Spectrum Center 
  • Trotter Multicultural Center 
  • United Asian American Organizations 

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month