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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month

The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is a month-long celebration and uplifting of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) identities, experiences, histories and cultures.

The Student Life Multicultural Center creates and highlights programming the centers on the APIDA experience, and aims to inspire confidence, pride and deepened interest in what it means to move through the world as an APIDA individual.

“Discovering Your Fire” is the APIDA Heritage Month Theme for 2022. Together we will explore issues that you are passionate about, ideas that evoke high emotion, and our shared investment in celebrating and uplifting APIDA identities, experiences, histories, and cultures. The dates the month will be recognized are January 14 through February 12, 2022.

Visit to submit your program or event for inclusion in the calendar.


APIDA Heritage Month Kick Off Photo Op -- *Free T-Shirt and Tech Sticker!!*

January 18, Noon to 8 pm

What’s Your Story Lounge- Student Life Multicultural Center in the Ohio Union

In celebration of the kick-off to Ohio State's APIDA Heritage Month, the theme of this photo opportunity event is focused on discovering your fire. Stop by the Multicultural Center to share what you are passionate about, what motivates you, or what is most important to you! Make your sign, and snap a picture! All participants will receive a free t-shirt and tech sticker. Come by yourself, or come with friends!


Hasan Minaj

January 22 at 7 pm

Palace Theater – Downtown Columbus

D-Tix Lottery January 10 and 11

A first generation American, Hasan Minhaj was the host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that premiered on Netflix in October 2018 and was recognized for a 2020 Television Academy Honor. Hasan is back with a brand-new one-man show, “The King’s Jester,” wherein he returns to his storytelling roots. Follow this link to D-Tix :


Communities in Crisis: Covid, Racism, and the Ongoing Struggle

January 24th from 5:30-7:00 pm

Location: Zoom

The Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) will be hosting a forum on “Communities in Crisis: Covid, Racism, and the Ongoing Struggle” with the Director of 1DivineLine2Health, Esther Flores, Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership (OPAWL), Asian American Community Services of Central Ohio (AACS), and Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO), on Monday, January 24th from 5:30-6:50 pm. The forum will take place in Zoom. Registration is required for participating in this free and open to the public event. Visit their website for additional information:

This event is free and open to the public. Link to event website:


We're Not Your Model: Dismantling the Asian Model Minority Myth

January 27 at 2 pm

Virtual - Register here

Join The Office of Diversity and Inclusion in a discussion of the “Model Minority” myth’s historical roots in white supremacy, and discover ways to dismantle the myth, reduce its harmful impacts on our everyday lives, and reclaim an empowered Asian and APIDA identity.


Lunar New Year Party

January 30 at 8 pm

Agricultural Admin Auditorium, 2120 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH

Join International Friendships, Inc. to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Tiger” with people from many nations. There will be dumplings, special activities, a short drama, and a unique message about how the Lunar Year relates to the Bible.

If you are from a country that does not celebrate the Lunar New Year, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience something new! Space is limited to 180 people. You can register here: 


Straight A’s: Discussion Exploring APIDA Experiences in Higher Education

January 31 at 1 pm


This Student Life Multicultural Center discussion will offer an opportunity for APIDA students to share their experiences at Ohio State in relationship to finding community, connecting with others from similar backgrounds and battling the "model minority" stereotype in the classroom, in internships and moving into the workplace. This program will also be an opportunity to share tips and tools with one another on how to manage it all.

The conversation will be aligned with themes from the book “Straight A's: Asian American College Students in Their Own Words.”  The first ten attendees will receive a free copy.

All are welcome to attend. The experiences of those with an APIDA heritage will be centered in the discussion. Register to attend at


Finding Your Fire: APIDA Open Mic Night

February 4 at 6 pm

Student Life Multicultural Center - Ohio Union

As we continue to celebrate Ohio State's APIDA Heritage Month, the theme of this Student Life Multicultural Center open mic event is focused on stories about discovering your fire. Come share your music, poetry, short stories, jokes, or spoken word performance—whatever way you want to express yourself!

The open mic is open to the campus community; however, the intent of this event is to center APIDA identities and experiences.  If you would like to perform, email to be added.


Community Movie Night: Screening of “Raya and the Last Dragon”

February 6 at 7 pm

Student Life Multicultural Center – Ohio Union

It’s cold outside! Come on in, join OUAB and the MCC in an evening relaxing, grab a bag of popcorn, and settle in for a movie with your friends. “Raya and the Last Dragon” is a Disney movie set in the fictional land of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.

According to writer Adele Lim, the fictional land of Kumandra is inspired by the cultures of Southeast Asia. Raya is also Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess, and is voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, the first Southeast Asian actor to lead an animated feature from the studio. Representation matters. Did Disney get it right? Let’s talk about it. All are welcome; no need to RSVP. (Note: screening license pending)


Shattering the Glass Skin: How Asian Beauty Standards Drive Us

February 7 at 7 pm

Torres Think Tank - Torres House 

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) will be collaborating with the Delta Phi Lambda Sorority to host a discussion on the impact of hegemonic Asian Beauty Standards. Both organizations are rooted in Asian heritage and can provide diverse yet unique discussion starters. At the event, participants will be provided supplies to paint something that is beautiful to them, driving the conversation.


Filipino-American Awareness Workshop

February 10 at 5:30 pm

Independence Hall

The Pilipino Student Association will be hosting an educational workshop on the history of the Filipino migration into the U.S. and Ohio. The workshop will be a collaborative event with the Asian American Association (AAA) on campus where there will be collaborative conversations about identity, teaching Tagalog and a debate about the westernization on the language, and an opportunity to play traditional Filipino games. The workshop will be held in Independence Hall on February 10th at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 


Guest Speaker: Dr. Suparna Bhaskaran

February 10 at 6 pm

Virtual - Register here.

Join the Student Life Multicultural  Center's Women Student Initiatives on February 10 at 6:00 PM on Zoom to hear from guest speaker Dr. Suparna Bhaskaran, Lecturer in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her areas of expertise include Gender, Racial Justice, Wealth Inequality, Policy, Advocacy, Globalization, South Asia, etc. She is a community organizer and educator. Learn more about Dr. Bhaskaran here:


One Asian Nation

February 12 at 6 pm

Archie Griffin Ballroom – Ohio Union

Resolve, determination, and persistence are ways that we define perseverance. This past year has been filled with turmoil and uncertainty, and yet despite it all, we have kept moving forward. But even disregarding this previous year's events, we as APIDA individuals will always have to face roadblocks.  What matters is that we keep going. We stand up again. We persevere. 
Through this year's theme, Perseverance, we want to empower all APIDA students to keep this drive and determination through tough times in order to achieve your goals and see another sunrise. 
One Asian Nation (OAN) is an annual charity banquet that is hosted by the Asian American Association to bring the OSU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community together for a night of cultural exchange and celebration. It is sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center. Tickets will be available soon!


Please contact Angie Wellman with any questions about APIDA Heritage Month 2022 or APIDA Student Initiatives at the SLMCC.