During the month of May, Utica University and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Student Transitions celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month was spearheaded by Jamie Jew, board member of the OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, while she was a Capitol Hill staffer in the 1970s, according to NPR. Her great-grandfather was a Chinese immigrant in the 1800s and was killed during a period of anti-Asian unrest.
Jew passed the idea to New York Representative Frank Horton and it was eventually adopted as Asian Pacific American Heritage Week on May 4, 1979. Congress extended the observance to a month in 1990.
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Throughout May, Utica University also observes:
- Eid Al-Fitr (May 2)
- Ramadan Ends (May 2)
- World Press Freedom Day (May 3)
- Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
- Visakha Puja (May 16)
- Lag B'omer (May 18)
- World Day for Cultural Diversity (May 20)
- Declaration of The Báb (May 22)
- Ascension Day (May 26)
- Ascension of of Bahá'u'lláh (May 27)
- Memorial Day (May 31)
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