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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Cultures and Heritage at Georgetown

We celebrate the many contributions of Georgetown’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and highlight the teaching, scholarship, advocacy and cultural enrichment efforts of our university community related to AAPI heritage.

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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Georgetown joins the nation in celebrating AAPI Heritage Month in May, honoring the legacies, accomplishments and cultures of Pacific Islanders, East Asians, Southeast Asians and South Asians in the United States.

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Employee Resources for AAAPI Community

The Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group offers an inclusive and supportive space for members of the AAAPI community at Georgetown. Membership is open to all those who identify as Asian, including student employees and allies of the AAAPI community.

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Finding Community in the Asian American Student Association

For many Asian Americans at Georgetown, the Asian American Student Association (AASA) is a home away from home. In the Student Life Blog, Bennie Chang (SFS’26) does a deep dive into the AASA and how it fosters a sense of community in the Asian American community on the Hilltop.

Celebrating Student Accomplishments

“The pandemic really highlighted the disparities in health care for me, especially with gaps in insurance and people having unequal access to care.”

“The Marshall scholarship is an incredible opportunity for me to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to build bridges between policymakers and communities in conflict scenarios. I am grateful for the chance to foster connections in Northern Ireland and across the UK that will fuel my commitment to empathetic, responsive and responsible peacebuilding policy.”

“I’m looking forward to continuing this research. At the end of the day, maybe it doesn’t work out, maybe we don’t find conclusive results, but that’s still a result that we can learn from and apply to something else.”

A Testimonial

A headshot of Asma Shakeel, a 2024 Rhodes winner, superimposed over a faded background of a building at the University of Oxford.

“Every Kashmiri knows there is very rare representation of local voices or lived experiences in official histories,” she said. “You are only told about the treaties, how Kashmir got to the place it is, what Pakistan or India did. In these official narratives, people’s own experiences are sort of subsided.”

Alumni Advocacy and Achievements

An image of Phil Wong, an alumnus and creator of a food startup, wearing a gray T-shirt and glasses.

After launching a food startup in his college kitchen, Phil Wong (SFS’15) and his team are expanding their hybrid meat products from Georgetown’s Venture Lab.

Sara Ho smiles as she pours tea while sitting at a table with pastries.

Sara Jane Ho (C’07) approaches etiquette like an anthropologist – tools she learned while at Georgetown. On her Netflix show, “Mind Your Manners,” Ho helps participants master these skills, too.

Ask a Professor: How New Research Could Revolutionize MS

In this Ask a Professor, Jeffrey Huang explains how the human brain heals itself and how his new therapy could be a game changer for patients with multiple sclerosis.

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Behind the CV: Exploring A Global Health Professor’s Niche in Climate Change and Mental Health

Growing up in Bangladesh and around the world in a family of global health practitioners, Shabab Wahid developed a unique lens to study global health. Here’s how he got his start in the field.

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From the Library

In celebration of National AAPI Heritage Month, Lauinger Library compiled remarkable works that reflect upon the Asian American experience.

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Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs

The flagship annual publication of the Asian Studies Program aims to exchange ideas and publish research that further the understanding of the world’s largest and most populous continent.