Programming Highlights

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month poster
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Celebrated each May, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognizes the challenges faced by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians and their vital contributions to the American story. The theme for this year is “Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service.” Visit these websites to learn more about the theme and history of the month as well as find facts and resources about the AAPI community.

(The image to the left is courtesy of the Department of Defense Education Activity.)

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month May 2021
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Jewish American Heritage Month, held annually in May, recognizes the contributions American Jews have made, and continue to make, to the history, culture and society of this United States. The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia leads the nationwide celebration that features a month-long series of events, including a virtual Capitol Hill event on May 10 and the premiere of a documentary about a rabbi who played a key role in the civil rights movement. Read more about the history of the month and other resources

Food is Culture: Cooking Demonstrations

Jenifer Park
Jenifer Park
Khadiza Tul Jannat
Khadiza Tul Jannat

Wednesday, May 5, and Monday, May 17
6-7 p.m. via Zoom

This is a two-event series in celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month. Jenifer Park and Khadiza Tul Jannat each will facilitate one cooking demonstration and discuss the history and their familial connection to the dish. Park is a UA English instructor. Jannat is a doctoral student in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Registration is required.

Virtual Film Screen and Q&A: ‘Black Men in White Coats’

Film: Sunday, May 16, through Wednesday, May 19
Q&A: Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m.

Black Men in White Coats film screening and virtual Q&A

The College of Community Health Sciences and the Intercultural Diversity Center invite the campus to a virtual screening of the documentary film “Black Men in White Coats.”

Fewer Black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. Only 2% of American doctors are Black men. This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences to society at large.

The film will be available for viewing any time between May 16 at 5:30 p.m. to May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required to receive your unique streaming code.

A virtual Q&A will be held Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. with Dr. Dale Okorodudu, founder and executive director of the film. The 30-minute session will be facilitated by Dr. Brittney Anderson, assistant professor of family, internal and rural medicine for the College of Community Health Sciences.

Registration is not required to join the virtual Q&A.

Minority Student Research Symposium
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Minority in Student Research Symposium (virtual)

Saturday, May 22
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This symposium was created as a call to action to address a lack of representation of minority populations in biomedical research. Research categories include:

  • alcohol, tobacco and firearms
  • mental health disorders
  • physical disabilities
  • chronic disease
  • nutrition and weight status
  • social determinants of health

For registration and more information, visit

The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir book coverEveryWoman Book Club

Thursday, May 27
Noon-1 p.m. via Zoom

The monthly EveryWoman Book Club will discuss “The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir” by E.J. Koh in honor of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month. Contact Elizabeth Lester at or 205-348-5040 to be added to the club’s email list.