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APIDA + Center Events

SPRING 2024

If you need accommodations or have any questions for any of the events listed below, please contact Dr. Nina Ha at nha@vt.edu.

February 5, 2024

APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group February 5 from 4-5pm

APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group

Date: Monday, February 5, 2024

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Please join us for the APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group. This month’s theme centers around healthy relationships. This meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences, provide support, and learn from one another. Light refreshments will be provided.

February 6, 2024

Drop In Resume Review with Career Professional Development

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Time: 2:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Polish up your resume with the help from Krystal Johnson Assistant Director for Career Development and College Relations at Virgina Tech. The Cultural Community Centers in collaboration with Career and Professional Development will offer free resume reviews for students. Stop by the APIDA + Center to prepare for the upcoming Spring career fairs. Light refreshments will be served

Drop in Resume Review February 6 from 2pm - 5pm
College of Science Community Night February 6 from 6-7pm

College of Science Community Night at the APIDA + Center

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Join other APIDA + Science students for dinner and community!

The College of Science will host Community Night at the APIDA + Center with dinner and lively conversation. This event provides students with the opportunity to be together and share their current experiences with each other. Registration encouraged.

February 7, 2024

Mask On Mask Off Series: A Discussion on Caste with Dr. Bonnie Zare - “Competing Narratives about Caste: Reflections on the Understanding Privilege Workshops in the US”

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Click Here to Register for the Mask on Mask Off Series 

Last year California nearly passed a bill (HB 403) banning caste discrimination in the state. In Maryland, the tallest statue of B. R. Ambedkar, the champion of anti-casteism, was unveiled. Yet still stories persist that caste does not travel beyond the borders of India. How might caste power dynamics operate on a US University campus? Come hear findings from the "What is Caste?" focus groups and interviews conducted on our campus as well as personal reflections on confronting competing stories about caste. The Mask On/Mask Off series promotes self-care within the APIDA community and develops connection as well as encourages engagement through difficult conversations. The APIDA + Center will offer Korean spa masks and provide tips to promote self-care while discussing challenging or sensitive topics related to the APIDA experience. Light refreshments will be served.

Mask on Mask off Series Feb7 12-1pm

February 13, 2024

APIDA and Indigenous Mixed Race Support Group February 13 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm

APIDA and Indigenous Mixed Race Support Group

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Please join us for the APIDA and Indigenous Mixed Race Support Group.

This newly formed support group focuses on experiences of campus community members with multiple racial identities but is open to all students. The theme for February centers around integrating intersectional identities in relationships. This meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences, provide support, and learn from one another. Light refreshments will be provided.

February 14, 2024

Nail Salon: Pal-N-Tine Edition

Date: February 14, 2024

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Show yourself some love and care through nail care! This event will feature the documentary, Nailed It! that tells the story of the nail salon industry within the APIDA community. Learn more about the rise of APIDA immigrants in this multimillion-dollar industry with friends new and old!  Light refreshments will be served.

Nail Salon: Pal-N-Tine Edition on February 14 from 5pm-6:30pm

February 16, 2024

Lunar New Year with Dining Services February 16 from 10:30am - 8:30pm at Owens Food Court

Lunar New Year with Dining Services

Date: February 16, 2024

Time: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM EST

Location: Owens Food Court

Virginia Tech Dining Services in collaboration with the APIDA + Center will celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a curated dining experience for the campus community. Enjoy delicacies from various cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. Take some time to try new dishes or have a taste of home on campus. 

Learning Lunch featuring Professor Hina Illahe and Dr. Maaz Gardezi

Date: Friday, February 16, 2024

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Join us in learning more about their journeys to Virginia Tech and higher education

Professor Hina Illahe is a faculty member with Virginia Tech’s Residential Design within the Department of Apparel, Housing & Resource Management. With a background in design in sustainable environments, she focuses on developing more conscious designs by incorporating an empathetic understanding of diverse cultural perspectives. Illahe's teaching philosophy emphasizes practical applications, inspiring students to create solutions that not only meet design criteria but also contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future. Dr. Maaz Gardezi, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech, is dedicated to exploring the intersection of climate change and the social and political implications of emerging digital technologies in food and agriculture systems. His interdisciplinary research and teaching focus on building sustainable and socially just regional, national, and international food and agricultural systems. In South Asia, he is pursuing multiple research projects focused on climate change adaptation, where he examines power structures and outlines policy-relevant paths to empower marginalized communities to meet their goals. Join us in learning more about their journeys to Virginia Tech and higher education during this event. Light refreshments served. 

Learning Lunch Series with Maaz Gardezi PhD on February 16 from 12pm - 1pm at the APIDA + Center in Squires 140

February 17, 2024

Lunar New Year Celebration Saturday February 17 from 5pm - 7:30pm Owens Ballroom

Lunar New Year Celebration

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024

Time: 5:00 – 7:30 PM EST

Location: Owens Ballroom

The APIDA + Center in collaboration with the Asian American Student Union (AASU), Chinese American Society (CAS), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) will host a Lunar New Year celebration in Owens Ballroom. Come to learn more about the holiday and how various cultures celebrate one of the biggest holidays in the world. Games and activities will be available along with samplings of new year delicacies. Light refreshments will be served. 

February 19, 2024

APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group

Date: Monday, February 19, 2024

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Please join us for our APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group.

This month, participants will explore dating relationships. Discussions will center around supportive partnerships and positive ways to demonstrate emotions. Facilitated by a licensed counselor from Cook Counseling Center, attendees will share their thoughts and experiences on this topic. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration required for virtual participants.

APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group February 19 from 12 - 1pm

February 21, 2024

Mandarin Chinese Language Lunch Table February 21, March 20, and April 17 from 12:30pm through 1:30pm

Mandarin Language Lunch Table

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Join us for the inaugural Mandarin Chinese Lunch Table at the APIDA + Center this spring! Open to all, this informal gathering is for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and community members interested in chatting in Mandarin Chinese during lunch time.  Boost your communication skills, connect with others, and bring your own lunch for a friendly language experience. These sessions will be led by Dr. Helen Schneider from the History Department.

Networking Strategies with Deloitte

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Register for this Networking Strategies Event

In collaboration with Deloitte and Career and Professional Development, this networking strategies event aims to equip students with essential skills and insights to navigate and advance their professional career. Students will learn about crafting an elevator pitch, building a strong LinkedIn profile, etiquette, and in-person networking techniques to make meaningful connections. Engage, learn, and connect with industry professionals. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Flyer for the APIDA Plus Center Event that reads Networking Strategies Feb 21 6pm

February 26, 2024

APIDA and Indigenous Womens Support Group February 26 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm

APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group

Date: Monday, February 26, 2024

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Click Here to Register and Learn More About Self-Love and Compassion in Relationships

  APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group offers a supportive space for similarly identifying individuals. How do we maintain love and care for ourselves in relationships? For February, participants will explore ways to self-love and compassion with relationships – both romantic and platonic.  Light refreshments will be provided.

February 28, 2024

APIDA and Indigenous Queer, Questioning, and Allies Support Group

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm EST

Location: TBA

Registrater to Join Us In Discussing Queer Relationships and Dating

This month’s theme focuses on supporting students as they navigate themes around romantic relationships. Participants can share their thoughts and feelings around dating norms in queer relationships. The APIDA and Indigenous Queer Questioning and Allies Support Group provides a space where students can explore topics and understand how the intersectionality of various identities plays into their lives. Registration is required. This program will be both in-person and virtual; details provided upon registration.  Light refreshments will be provided.

APIDA and Indigenous Queer Questioning and Allies February 28 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

February 29, 2024

Nighttime guided meditation with Vivek Rajan feb 29 8pm

Nighttime Guided Meditation

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024

Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM EST

Location: Virtual

Register for This Guided Meditation Session 

Looking for a way to increase mindfulness and practice self-care? Certified meditation teacher, Vivek Rajan, will facilitate a virtual nighttime guided meditation. It is a wonderful way to care for your wellbeing. This event is open to all but requires prior registration.

January 23, 2024

NaiNail Salon Welcome Edition with New Student and Family Programs Flyer features hands with nail polish icons for an event on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 from 11:30am - 1:30pm at the APIDA Plus Center Squires 140

Nail Salon: Welcome Edition with New Student and Family Programs

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Kick off the semester and the new year by establishing self-care routines. Join us and take some time to do your nails and build connections with others. This collaborative event with New Student Family Programs aims to nourish participants’ minds, hearts, and bodies through this fun event! Meet up with old friends, make new ones, and learn more about what the Center offers. Light refreshments will be served.  

For questions and/or accommodations, contact Dr. Nina Ha at nha@vt.edu

January 30, 2024

Drop In Resume Review With Career Professional Development  is a flyer featuring hands working on a contract with a laptop near by. The Event is January 30, 2024 from 1pm - 5pm at the APIDA plus Center Squires 140

Drop In Resume Review with Career Professional Development

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Polish up your resume with the help from Krystal Johnson Assistant Director for Career Development and College Relations at Virgina Tech. The Cultural Community Centers in collaboration with Career and Professional Development will offer free resume reviews for students. Stop by the APIDA + Center to prepare for the upcoming Spring career fairs. Light refreshments will be served.

January 31, 2024

Learning Lunch Featuring The No-No Boy Project January 31, 2024 at 12pm at the APIDA Plus Center Flyer featuring an image of the artist on a Guitar with the Moss Arts Center and Virginia Tech Logo in the background

Learning Lunch featuring the No-No Boy Project

Date: January 31, 2024

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: 
https://bit.ly/zoom-no-no-boy-lunch

The APIDA + Center hosts a Learning Lunch Series every month often featuring an APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) faculty member, administrator, and/or community member who discusses his/her/their personal and professional journey into higher education. January’s event features renown APIDA artists from the No-No Boy Project who will be performing at the Moss Arts Center for the Artists in Residency Program co-sponsored through the AANAPISI grant funded by the Department of Education and in collaboration with the Moss Arts Center and the Ati: Wa:Oki Indigenous Community Center. Details about the artist performance can be found here

December 7, 2023

Ramen for Reading Day December 7 from 11am-2pm

Ramen for Reading Day

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Get fueled up for finals at the APIDA + Center along with the other Cultural and Community Centers with Ramen! This reading day tradition offers participants a wide variety of ramen along with delicious toppings to sustain them through final exam preparations. Toppings and ramen are available on a first come first serve basis. Hot water provided by Au Bon Pain. Join us for community and mouthwatering noodles!

December 7, 2023

Fall Achievement Ceremony

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center and Zoom

Register in advance: https://bit.ly/45Enwaz

The APIDA + Center celebrates the achievements of December graduates at this event. Come and join us to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Fall graduates. Let us wish them all the best in their future endeavors. Graduates wishing to participate should register in advance. Instructions to participate online are contained in the registration form linked above. Light refreshments provided.

APIDA Achievement Ceremony December 7 from 5-6pm

November 1, 2023

Fall 2023 InspirASIAN Series: APIDA Leadership in Higher Education

Fall 2023 InspirASIAN Series: APIDA Leadership in Higher Education

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023 

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3EXNzP3

The APIDA + Center will host a panel discussion featuring Dean Katherine Fogelberg, Virginia Maryland Veterinary Medical School, Dean Tsai Liu, College of Architecture, Arts, and Design, and Dean Saonee Sarker, Pamplin College of Business. Facilitated by Dr. Vincent Wang, the panelists will address their journeys into higher education leadership, provide insights on the importance of leadership to reflect the populations they serve, and offer advice on navigating through college and beyond. Light refreshments will be provided. 

November 2, 2023

Ati: Wa:Oki Indigenous Community Center and APIDA + Wellness Event: Yoga

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM EST

Location: Brush Mountain A

Paola Ixcuinan Monseratt will lead a yoga session for the campus community. This collaborative event between the APIDA + Center and the Ati: Wa:Oki Indigenous Community Center celebrates Indigenous Heritage Month and offers students a way to promote their well-being. Come and join us at this special event. 

Ati: Wa:Oki Indigenous Community Center and APIDA + Wellness Event: Yoga

November 6, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group

APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group

Date: Monday, November 6, 2023

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3rpNPn4

Please join us for the APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group. This month’s theme centers around positive psychology and gratitude journals. Participants will create their own gratitude journals and learn how this practice can help to change their lens on everyday stressors. This meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences, provide support, and learn from one another. Light refreshments will be provided.

November 6, 2023

November Learning Lunch Series: MAC Collaboration – Seongbukdong Beedoolkee Theatre: Medea on Media

Date: Monday, November 6, 2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/register-medea-learning-lunch

In collaboration with Moss Arts Center, the APIDA + Center invites the campus community to learn about the creative force behind the production of Medea on Media. Participants will discover the journey and artistic influences of the Seongbukdong Beedoolkee Theater group. Learn more about Seongbukdong Beedoolkee at the Moss Arts Center website. Light refreshments will be served. 

November Learning Lunch Series: MAC Collaboration – Seongbukdong Beedoolkee Theatre: Medea on Media

November 13, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Queer, Questioning, and Allies Support Group

APIDA and Indigenous Queer, Questioning, and Allies Support Group

Date: Monday, November 13, 2023

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm EST

Location: TBA

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/499LDAT

This month’s theme focuses on supporting students as they head home for the break. Participants can share their concerns about going to an environment that might not be supportive or understanding. The APIDA and Indigenous Queer Questioning and Allies Support Group provides a space where students can explore topics and understand how the intersectionality of various identities plays into their lives. Registration is required. This program will be both in-person and virtual details provided upon registration.  Light refreshments will be provided.

November 14, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/46gpfnS

APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group offers a supportive space for similarly identifying individuals. Feeling like you belong is critical to growing and coping with life’s ups and downs. What does a sense of belonging mean? Learn how you can create a positive sense of belonging that will benefit you. Light refreshments will be provided.

APIDA and Indigenous Queer, Questioning, and Allies Support Group

November 15, 2023

Mask On Mask Off Series: Karaoke and Trivia Night

Mask On Mask Off Series: Karaoke and Trivia Night

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Song Request Link: https://bit.ly/49aCQyE

The Mask On/Mask Off series promotes self care within the APIDA community and develop connection and encourage engagement. The APIDA + Center will offer Korean spa masks and provide tips to promote self-care. To develop connections and educate students about the APIDA experience, we will be hosting an APIDA trivia competition as well as bonding through performing karaoke songs from APIDA artists and songwriters.

November 16, 2023

Nighttime Guided Meditation November 16 2023

Nighttime Guided Meditation

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM EST

Location: Virtual

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/45QHHTf

Looking for a way to increase mindfulness and practice self-care? Certified meditation teacher, Vivek Rajan, will facilitate a virtual nighttime guided meditation. It is a wonderful way to care for your wellbeing. This event is open to all but requires prior registration.

November 27, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group

Date: Monday, November 27, 2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center & Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3t8fXeF

Please join us for our APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group. This month, participants will explore how to express your feelings and discover better ways to share these emotions. Facilitated by a licensed counselor from Cook Counseling Center, attendees will share their thoughts and experiences on this topic. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration required for virtual participants.

APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group

Monday, October  2, 2023

Please join us for the APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group. This month’s theme centers around positive psychology. This meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences, provide support, and learn from one another. Light refreshments will be provided.

APIDA Mental Health Support Group October 2

APIDA Mental Health Support Group

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/456zE49

Please join us for the APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group. This month’s theme centers around positive psychology. This meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences, provide support, and learn from one another. Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

October Learning Lunch Series: MAC Collaboration - Love in Exile with Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/love-in-exile

In collaboration with Moss Arts Center, the APIDA + Center invites the campus community to learn about the creative force behind Love in Exile. Participants will discover the journey and artistic influences of Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily. Learn more about Love in Exile at the Moss Arts Center website. Light refreshments will be served. 

In collaboration with Moss Arts Center, the APIDA + Center invites the campus community to learn about the creative force behind Love in Exile. Participants will discover the journey and artistic influences of Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily. Learn more about Love in Exile at the Moss Arts Center website. Light refreshments will be served.

October Learning Lunch Series: MAC Collaboration - Love in Exile with Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Chinese restaurants are found throughout Latin America and integrate local flavors and customs into traditional dishes creating new fusion. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the APIDA + Center in collaboration with El Centro will feature the documentary series Chinese Restaurants and with the focus on Argentina this month. Light refreshments will be served.

Chinese Restaurants: Argentina tUESDAY October 10 at 5:30pm in the APIDA Plus Center

Chinese Restaurants: Argentina

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Chinese restaurants are found throughout Latin America and integrate local flavors and customs into traditional dishes creating new fusion. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the APIDA + Center in collaboration with El Centro will feature the documentary series Chinese Restaurants and with the focus on Argentina this month. Light refreshments will be served. 

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Nighttime Guided Meditation

Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM EST

Location: Virtual

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/45RKHi2

Looking for a way to increase mindfulness and practice self-care? Certified meditation teacher, Vivek Rajan, will facilitate a virtual nighttime guided meditation. It is a wonderful way to care for your wellbeing. This event is open to all but requires prior registration.

Looking for a way to increase mindfulness and practice self-care? Certified meditation teacher, Vivek Rajan, will facilitate a virtual nighttime guided meditation. It is a wonderful way to care for your wellbeing. This event is open to all but requires prior registration.

Nighttime Guided Meditation

Friday, October 13, 2023

Alumni and current students will have the opportunity to mingle with one another at the APIDA + Center during Homecoming Weekend. This casual networking event will allow alumni to visit the center and see all the updates to the center as well as be in community with fellow alum, staff, faculty, and current students. Come join us in homecoming festivities! Light refreshments provided.

APID Alumni Reception Friday Oct 13 and Saturday Oct 14

APIDA Alumni Reception

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM EST/ 6:30 –8:30 EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/48rrYft

Alumni and current students will have the opportunity to mingle with one another at the APIDA + Center during Homecoming Weekend. This casual networking event will allow alumni to visit the center and see all the updates to the center as well as be in community with fellow alum, staff, faculty, and current students. Come join us in homecoming festivities! Light refreshments provided.

Monday, October 16, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3PBZZSQ

Please join us for our APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group. This month, participants will explore self-care and its importance to general wellbeing. Self-care techniques and activities will be shared. Facilitated by a licensed counselor from Cook Counseling Center, attendees will share their thoughts and experiences on this topic. Light refreshments will be provided.[HN1]  Registration required for virtual participants.

Please join us for our APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group. This month, participants will explore self-care and its importance to general wellbeing. Self-care techniques and activities will be shared. Facilitated by a licensed counselor from Cook Counseling Center, attendees will share their thoughts and experiences on this topic. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration required for virtual participants.

APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

In celebration of Indigenous Heritage Month, the APIDA + Center along with the Ati: Wa:Oki Indigenous Community Center and University Libraries will screen Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust. This documentary focuses on the collaboration between local ranchers, indigenous tribes, and Japanese Americans in their fight for water rights. Learn more about the movie here: https://www.pbs.org/pov/films/manzanardiverted/. Light refreshments provided.

Manzanar: Movie Collaboration with Ati: Wa:Oki Indigenous Community Center

APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3PBZZSQ

Please join us for our APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group. This month, participants will explore self-care and its importance to general wellbeing. Self-care techniques and activities will be shared. Facilitated by a licensed counselor from Cook Counseling Center, attendees will share their thoughts and experiences on this topic. Light refreshments will be provided.[HN1]  Registration required for virtual participants.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

College of Science Community Night at the APIDA + Center

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/mTfpeUtahbcBaVUN6

The College of Science will host Community Night at the APIDA + Center with dinner and lively conversation. This event provides students with the opportunity to be together and share their current experiences with each other. Registration encouraged. 

The College of Science will host Community Night at the APIDA + Center with dinner and lively conversation. This event provides students with the opportunity to be together and share their current experiences with each other. Registration encouraged.

College of Science Community Night at the APIDA + Center

Sunday, October 22, 2023

The VAAB Town Hall is an informational event for individuals, communities, and businesses to meet members of the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, learn about our advocacy for the Asian American Pacific Islander communities, and have conversations about the needs and concerns of APIDAS throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Light refreshments will be provided.

Virginia Asian Advisory Board Town Hall

Virginia Asian Advisory Board Town Hall

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM EST

Location: Newman Library Multipurpose Room and Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3ZecPKr

The VAAB Town Hall is an informational event for individuals, communities, and businesses to meet members of the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, learn about our advocacy for the Asian American Pacific Islander communities, and have conversations about the needs and concerns of APIDAS throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3PuzTQw

APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group offers a supportive space for similarly identifying individuals. Imposter syndrome robs people of the opportunity to feel like they fully belong and can negatively affect their self-esteem. Microaggression creates a hostile and toxic environment. Learn how you can cope with these forces and discuss their impact on your life. Light refreshments will be provided.

APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group offers a supportive space for similarly identifying individuals. Imposter syndrome robs people of the opportunity to feel like they fully belong and can negatively affect their self-esteem. Microaggression creates a hostile and toxic environment. Learn how you can cope with these forces and discuss their impact on your life. Light refreshments will be provided.

APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group October 24

Friday, October 27, 2023

Dr. Vincent Wang is an associate professor in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) at Virginia Tech and former APIDA + Center Faculty Fellow. His research centers on tendon healing and repair, skeletal tissue mechanobiology, medical imaging and machine learning, and orthopedic biomechanics. Dr. Wang will share his journey through growing up in Blacksburg, his undergraduate and graduate career at Columbia University, and how his work at Virginia Tech goes beyond the classroom. Light refreshments will be served.

October Learning Lunch: Dr. Vincent Wang

October Learning Lunch: Dr. Vincent Wang

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Location: APIDA + Center/Zoom [HN1]

Registration Link: https://bitly.ws/UyVF

Dr. Vincent Wang is an associate professor in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) at Virginia Tech and former APIDA + Center Faculty Fellow. His research centers on tendon healing and repair, skeletal tissue mechanobiology, medical imaging and machine learning, and orthopedic biomechanics. Dr. Wang will share his journey through growing up in Blacksburg, his undergraduate and graduate career at Columbia University, and how his work at Virginia Tech goes beyond the classroom. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, October 30, 2023

This month’s theme revolves around difficult conversation in the queer community. The group will discuss this topic along with providing skills and strategies to facilitate these types of conversations. The APIDA and Indigenous Queer Questioning and Allies Support Group provides a space where students can explore topics and understand how the intersectionality of various identities plays into their lives. Registration is required. This program will be both in-person and virtual details provided upon registration. Light refreshments will be provided.

APIDA and Indigenous Queer, Questioning, and Allies Support Group

Monday, September 11, 2023

September APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group

TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

LOCATION: APIDA + Center (Squires 140) or Zoom

Registration Link: bit.ly/45IVISP

Please join us for the APIDA and Indigenous Mental Health Support Group. This month’s theme centers around coping with new semester anxiety. This meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences, provide support, and learn from one another. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Womens Support Group September 12

TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 PM EST

LOCATION: APIDA + Center (Squires 140) or Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/44xzmCZ

APIDA + Center will host its inaugural APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group this month. College is a mix of excitement and challenges that shape us, including finding our unique sense of belonging. Join the APIDA and Indigenous Women‘s Support Group to discover authentic connections amidst the overwhelming college experience. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Resume Review and Coffee Chat with Booz Allen

TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 PM EST

LOCATION: APIDA + Center (Squires 140) or Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/44xzmCZ

APIDA + Center will host its inaugural APIDA and Indigenous Women’s Support Group this month. College is a mix of excitement and challenges that shape us, including finding our unique sense of belonging. Join the APIDA and Indigenous Women‘s Support Group to discover authentic connections amidst the overwhelming college experience. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Nighttime Guided Meditation September 14 2023

TIME: 8:00 – 9:00 PM EST

LOCATION: Virtual on Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/45vGQrs

Looking for a way to increase mindfulness and practice self-care? Certified meditation teacher, Vivek Rajan, will facilitate a virtual nighttime guided meditation. It is a wonderful way to care for your wellbeing. This event is open to all but requires prior registration. 

Friday, September 15, 2023

APIDA Welcome to Welcome Back September 15 Event

APIDA + Center Welcome To/Welcome Back

TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 PM EST

LOCATION: Old Dominion Lawn between Squires and Henderson Hall / APIDA + Center (Rain Location)

Registration Link: rb.gy/6y0mfi

Build community and connect with new and not so new folks at the APIDA + Center’s Welcome To/Welcome Back event. There will be lawn games, karaoke, and refreshments! Learn more about the Center and affiliated organizations. Come for the food but stay for the community. All are welcome. Registration is encouraged. 

Monday, September 18, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Mens Support Group

APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

LOCATION: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3EgWo6h

Please join us for our APIDA and Indigenous Men’s Support Group. This month, participants will explore various expressions of masculinity and how cultural expectations and stereotypes shape and inform current views. Facilitated by a licensed counselor from Cook Counseling Center, attendees will share their thoughts and experiences on this topic. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration required for virtual participants.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Do Your Bend or Break Conversation

Do You Bend or Break?

TIME: 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST

LOCATION: Ati: Wa:Oki Indigenous Community Center (122 Squires)

This collaborative event with the APIDA + Center, the Ati: Wa:Oki Indigenous Community Center and Hokie Wellness explores the topic of resilience. Participants will discuss how to adapt to life’s challenges. Refreshments will be provided. 

Monday, September 25, 2023

APIDA and Indigenous Queer Questioning and Allies Support Group

APIDA and Indigenous Queer Questioning and Allies Support Group

TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 PM EST

LOCATION: Will be provided upon registration

Registration Link: https://forms.office.com/r/7HMcF7kYaS

Being a student with intersecting identities brings a unique set of stressors and concerns. The APIDA and Indigenous Queer Questioning and Allies Support Group will discuss how to manage stress as queer people of color. Registration is required. This program will be both in-person and virtual details provided upon registration.  Light refreshments will be provided. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Discover-Why Latinos and Filipinos are Primo

Why Latinos and Filipinos are Primos

TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 PM EST

LOCATION: El Centro (Squires 309) and virtual

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/3Rc4ZPx

In this collaborative event between El Centro and the APIDA + Center, learn how Latinos and Filipinos are primos (cousins). This event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and the intersectional nature of the Latinx and APIDA communities. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.  

Friday, September 29, 2023

The APIDA+ Center presents Learning Lunch Series September 25

Learning Lunch with Dr. Kanitta Charoensiri, D.O., MBA

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

LOCATION: APIDA + Center/Zoom

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/45PcTm2

The Learning Lunch Series highlights APIDA faculty and staff at the university through informal conversations about their experiences and journeys to Tech. Dr. Kanitta Charoensiri, director of Schiffert Health Center will join us this month to discuss her journey to medical school and now managing the operations for a university health center. Light refreshments will be provided, and registration encouraged.   

March

March 13  |  4pm    APIDA Mental Health Support Group

The theme of this session is "strength spotting". Please complete the VIA Character Strengths Survey before attending.  

Location: ACEC - 140 Squires; Virtual

March 15  |  6pm    College of Science Community Night 

Join other Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) science students at the Asian Cultural Engagement Center and be in Community.  Dinner Provided!

Location: ACEC - 140 Squires; Virtual

March 16  |  12pm    Viet Thanh Nguyen Learning Lunch

Join us for a meal and discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nugyen. This event is co-hosted by the Asian Cultural Engagement Center, Moss Arts Center, and Mozaiko Living and Learning Community.

Location:  The cube in Moss Arts Center; Virtual


March 16  |  7:30pm     An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s writing is bold, elegant, and fiercely honest. Globally reimagining what we thought we knew about the Vietnam War, his remarkable debut novel, The Sympathizer, is a New York Times best seller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Nguyen’s voice is refreshing and powerful as he urges readers to examine the legacy of that tumultuous time and its aftermath from a new perspective.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English Visiting Writer Series, with additional support from the Asian Cultural Engagement Center and Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies. Nguyen will hold a booksigning in the Grand Lobby following the talk. His books will be available for purchase. 

Location: Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Street and Davis Performance Hall, Moss Arts Center


March 20  |  5:30pm     Violence in Schools

A virtual listening session with the Asian Cultural Engagement Center, the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, and the Virginia Latino Advisory Board. Dr. Siming Xie will provide a 20-30 minute presentation about healing from racial trauma and violence. He will share mental health tools and techniques.  Following this presentation will be time for comments from the community.

Location: Virtual


March 21  |  1:30pm     Queer, Questioning, & Allies Support Group

What does it mean to come out to your peers and how do we deal with the pressure to label ourselves? How do we come out safely? This event is co-sponsored by Hokie Wellness and Cook Counseling Center. Light refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, please register for the event. 


March 22  |  12pm     Book of Mountains and Sea Learning Lunch

Location: ACEC - 140 Squires; Virtual


March 23  |  8pm     Nighttime Guided Meditation with Vivek Rajan

Location: Virtual


March 27  |  12pm     APIDA Men's Support Group

Please join us for the APIDA Men's Support Group and discuss about "Emotions" among APIDA men. This meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences, provide support, and learn from one another. Light refreshments will be provided.

Location: ACEC - 140 Squires


March 28  |  3pm     InspirASIAN Series: Graduate Student Experiences & Perspectives

After a successful event last semester, we’re bringing back the InspirASIAN Series!

Join us for an inspiring event with our graduate student panel, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from their experiences, ask questions, and engage in meaningful discussions. This panel will feature: 

  • Sydney Dayyani, master's student in the School of Education, Curriculum and Instruction and president of the Middle Eastern Dance Association; Minhyuk Ko, Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in Computer Science (CS); Hesam Mahmoudi, Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE); Diksha Pilania, master's student in Architecture and graduate assistant in the Graduate Life Center; Lily Seah, Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in Psychology; Prithivrajan Thiyagarajan, master's student and research assistant in ISE; Farooq Zahid, master's student in Aerospace Engineering and graduate research assistant with the National Security Institute. 

Location: ACEC - 140 Squires; Virtual


March 30  |  5:00pm     Scholar in Residence - Dr. Banu Subramaniam Lecture

Dr. Subramaniam will deliver a talk titled, "Alien Becomes Exotic: Race, Gender, and the Practice of Science". Areception will follow at 6:00pm in the Newman Library Multipurpose Room. 

This engagement, in honor of both Women’s History Month and preceding Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDAHM), is a collaboration among the Women’s Center at VT, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Provost’s Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, the Graduate School, College of Science, Department of Religion and Culture, Department of Science, Technology, and Society, Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Asian Cultural Engagement Center (ACEC). 

Location: Newman Library Multipurpose Room; Virtual


March 31  |  12pm     Learning Lunch featuring Dr. Banu Subramaniam 

Dr. Banu Subramaniam is Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Trained as a plant evolutionary biologist, Banu engages the feminist studies of science in the practices of experimental biology. Author of Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (University of Washington Press, 2019), Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation, and the Politics of Diversity (University of Illinois Press, 2014), Dr. Subramaniam’s current work focuses on decolonizing botany and the relationship of science and religious nationalism in India.

Location: ACEC - 140 Squires; Virtual




April - APIDA History & Heritage Month

April 3  |  12pm     Angry Out Loud, The Bodily Autonomy Edition - Undergraduate Students 

Dr. LaTasha Sarpy is a Professor of Sociology at Bunker Hill Community College. In addition to teaching, Dr. Sarpy works on multiple initiatives inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Sarpy served as the Faculty Liaison for the Museum of African American History and is a founding member of the Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth. Dr. Sarpy is a founding board member of the JAR, with a mission to transform how the community engages in culture.

Dr. Sarpy will provide strategies for managing issues related to anger using the perspectives of undergraduate student experiences. However, ALL community members are welcome.

Location: Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 3  |  4pm     APIDA Mental Health Support Group 

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 3  |  5:30pm      Angry Out Loud, The Bodily Autonomy Edition - Graduate Students

Dr. LaTasha Sarpy is a Professor of Sociology at Bunker Hill Community College. In addition to teaching, Dr. Sarpy works on multiple initiatives inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Sarpy served as the Faculty Liaison for the Museum of African American History and is a founding member of the Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth. Dr. Sarpy is a founding board member of the JAR, with a mission to transform how the community engages in culture.

Dr. Sarpy will provide strategies for managing issues related to anger using the perspectives of graduate student experiences. However, ALL community members are welcome.

Location: Black Cultural Center, 126 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 3  |  12pm      Angry Out Loud, The Bodily Autonomy Edition - Faculty & Staff

Dr. LaTasha Sarpy is a Professor of Sociology at Bunker Hill Community College. In addition to teaching, Dr. Sarpy works on multiple initiatives inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Sarpy served as the Faculty Liaison for the Museum of African American History and is a founding member of the Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth. Dr. Sarpy is a founding board member of the JAR, with a mission to transform how the community engages in culture.

Dr. Sarpy will provide strategies for managing issues related to anger using the perspectives of faculty and staff experiences. However, ALL community members are welcome.

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 3  |  5:30pm      Angry Out Loud, The Bodily Autonomy Edition - Minoritized, Underrepresented, and/or Underserved Communities

Dr. LaTasha Sarpy is a Professor of Sociology at Bunker Hill Community College. In addition to teaching, Dr. Sarpy works on multiple initiatives inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Sarpy served as the Faculty Liaison for the Museum of African American History and is a founding member of the Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth. Dr. Sarpy is a founding board member of the JAR, with a mission to transform how the community engages in culture.

Dr. Sarpy will provide strategies for managing issues related to anger using the perspectives of minoritized, underrepresented, and/or underserved community experiences. However, ALL community members are welcome.

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 11  |  5pm     DACA Experiences from APIDA backgrounds with El Centro and JMU/VT Honors Colleges

Location: Honors College Studio, Squires Student Center (on Old Dominion Lawn side); Virtual


April 13  |  12pm     APIDAs in Public Service

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 17  |  12pm     APIDA Men's Support Group

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 18  |  1:00pm     APIDAs and Adoption Panel

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 18  |  5:30pm     APIDAs Queer, Questioning, & Allies Support Group

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 19  |  6:30pm     Screening with the LGBTQ+ Resouce Center and University Libraries: Everything, Everywhere, all at Once

Location: TBD


April 20  |  8:00pm     Nighttime Guided Meditation

Location: Virtual


April 21  |  12pm     APIDAs in Public Health

Location: Virtual


April 25  |  5pm     Undergraduate InspirASIAN Series

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center; Virtual


April 28  |  All Day     APIDAHM Collaboration with Owens Dining

Location: Owens Dining Hall


April 28  |  7pm     AASU Guest Speaker

Location: ACEC, 140 Squires Student Center