The University of Toledo has several events slated to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month.
“The Office of Multicultural Student Success makes it its mission to support multicultural students through programming, academic, social support and through celebration of the various heritage and history months,” said Arturo Ordonez, graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Student Success. “These opportunities allow us to highlight the unique differences all multicultural students bring to our beautiful campus.
While Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May, the University will hold events in April before the semester ends so more students can take part in festivities, Ordonez added.
“It’s important to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month because it brings people together,” Margaret Hill of the Vietnamese Student Association said. “People from all different backgrounds come together to learn and celebrate these beautiful cultures. I hope people who attend these events take away the importance of celebrating a culture and feel more familiar with it.”
Listed by date, events will include:
• Tuesday, April 9 — International Curry Contest, 7 p.m., Memorial Field House Room 2420. Bring your curry to share and compete for prizes. The Japanese Student Association will provide rice.
• Friday, April 12 — International Game Night, 7 to 10 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 1532. Stop by to play board games from other countries.
• Wednesday, April 17 — Asian Night Market, 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. This free event will feature foods and activities celebrating cultures and diversity of traditional night markets across Asia.
• Saturday, April 20 — Filipino American Association Picnic, 5 to 9 p.m., the Flatlands. Plan to be there for end-of-the-semester food and fun.
For more information on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, call the Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261.