Each May, the nation honors and celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. AAPI Month began in 1977 after a congressional proclamation as a ten-day celebration and in 1991, President George H. W. Bush, officially signed into law making May Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. During the month, we celebrate the long history of AAPI communities and the many strengths, contributions, and traditions of the communities.

At the University of Texas at San Antonio, our celebration of AAPI month begins during the month of April before the departure of students and many members of the campus over the summer break. During the month, UTSA hosts a variety of events that highlight the many cultures and traditions within the AAPI community. Check out the calendar of events and we hope to see you at one of the upcoming programs.

Get Involved

Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice

The Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice's (MSCEJ) mission is to promote an equitable and socially just campus for students through community building, campus advocacy, education and programming. The Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) is a sponsored student organization (SSO) within the MSCEJ and members represent UTSA identity and cultural-based student organizations with an equity and social justice focus.

Learn about MSCEJ
Learn about MAC

Donate to Multicultural Programming

Contribute to Multicultural Student Center for Equity & Justice (MSCEJ) programming efforts by making a donation to Multicultural Programming. Donor funding supports programmatic efforts like the ones listed below as a part of Asian Pacific-Islander Heritage Month.


Join a Student Organization

Learn about the student organizations whose mission and purpose are connected to the Asian Pacific-Islander Heritage. Details for each of these organizations can be found on RowdyLink.

Alamo City Bhangra International Student Association Pakistan Student Association
Anime Kurabu Iranian Student Association Taiwanese Student Association
Epsilon Omega Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon Japanese Student Association The Korean Culture Club
Eta Kappa Nu Multicultural Greek Council UTSA Sapna
Filipino Student Association Muslim Student Association Vietnamese Student Association

Learn More on RowdyLink


Date Event Event Link
All Month in April Origami Crafting in the MSCEJ Lounge
Wednesdays in April UTSA Racial Justice Book Club - Parachutes by Kelly Yang Book Club - Prachutes
Tuesday, April 5 UTSA Demo Kitchen Filipino Baked Lumpia - 6:00 pm Go to Demo Kitchen Event 
Wednesday, April 20 Asian Fanfare - 1:00 pm Celebrate at Asian Fanfare
Tuesday, May 3 The Resiliency of the Asian Immigrant Population - 12:30 pm

Virtual Backgrounds

These virtual backgrounds are available for you to use when you attend virtual events or meetings you have throughout Asian American & Pacific Islander Month.

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Nominate a Student


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Outstanding Asian Pacific-Islander
Student Leader Award 2022

The Outstanding Asian Pacific-Islander Leadership award will honor a UTSA student who has shown strong leadership skills and service towards the AAPI community.

Nomination Requirements

  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.00
  • Must be currently enrolled at UTSA
  • Must show campus leadership involvement
  • Must show active service towards the community

Nominations must be submitted to the MSCEJ RowdyLink by 8:00 am on Monday, April 11.