Asian Pacific Islander Subcommittee

The Asian Pacific Islander Resource Group exists to improve the quality of API students, faculty, and staff experiences on campus through actions and methods dedicated to celebrating our communities through programs and curriculum to celebrate API Heritage Month and through the provision of consultative support to the CCIE and to all College departments in service to the needs of API students, faculty, and staff of Saint Mary’s College.


As a subcommittee, the API subcommittee will develop and make recommendations to the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) as well as provide direct support and advocacy on the following:

  • identify the opportunity gaps and call for changes in support of API graduate and undergraduate students’ academic and personal success, as well as promote and ensure a safe and welcoming College experience;
  • promote and ensure that API faculty and staff who work at Saint Mary's College have an equitable and safe environment to thrive and excel as well as identify the opportunity gaps and call for changes in support as needed;

  • ​serve as a campus and community resource for events, curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and organizational information that is of interest or benefit to API students, faculty and staff.  

  • address disparities by advocating for civil rights and social justice through education and empowerment at all structural levels throughout St. Mary’s College

  • ​​​address the diverse and changing needs of Asian and Pacific Islander Community by promoting cross-cultural community building 

APA Heritage Month 2022 

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apa heritage month 2022



Our Response to Recent Attacks on API Identities

 A Letter from Asian Pacific Islanders Subcommittee and Kathy Littles 

The Asian Pacific Islander Subcommittee of the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) is outraged & angered by the horrific attacks on API people across the nation. We are calling on the Saint Mary's College community to become knowledgeable and to take action against any and all manifestations of structural racism and violence.

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Celebrating the Year of the Tiger 

Welcome to the Year of the Tiger! The API Resource Group (APIRG) hosted the first annual Lunar New Year Festival on Wednesday, February 16, in the Ferroggiaro Quad. Good Eats provided an amazing Asian-themed BBQ, and Gaels took part in like paper cutting and calligraphy demonstrations. A Lion Dance from Toishan Benevolent Association in the East Bay Lio and Flash mob by Professor Jia Wu and students topped off the afternoon! View our gallery here


Missed Asian Cultural Week? 

All sets and performances were recorded. Check out all the cultural week sets here on the Intercultural Center's Website, and keep an eye out for our upcoming events in 2022! 

Asian Cultural Week's Theme: Reconnecting… In times of vaccines, virtual happy hours, and violent struggles, we are navigating through a world that has forced us to reflect on our lives. Acknowledging the adversity, we are working to better ourselves, our communities, and our understanding of our cultures. We are making a collective comeback by looking at our roots, our present self, and imagining the future to see who we are meant to be. With love and hope, we are......Finding our way.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month 2021

Asian Pacific American History Month Events: April 27th - May 5th. 

Subcommittee Members: Hwa Seong (Christine) Oh, Hilda Ma, Michael Viola, Samantha Alberto, Sudha Shrestha, Luz   Casquejo Johnston, Russell Peralta, Maya Patel, Loan Dao & Ardi Samonte.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is celebrated throughout the month of May. Presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Subcommittee, or the API Resource Group (APIRG), of the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE), APAHM was first established as a national celebration week in 1978, and then expanded by Congress to a month-long observance in 2019. 

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