Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDA)


Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians, Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) encompasses people from all of the Asian continent, India, and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.  Read this article with highlights that recognize the achievements of USF's APIDA community members.  

2022 Calendar of Events

APIDA Kickoff at Bull Market 

April 13| 9:00am-2:00pm| MSC Plaza

Come celebrate APIDA Heritage Month in April at Bull Market.  There will be student organizations tabling and performing as well as some giveaways. 

Hosted by:  Office of Multicultural Affairs, Tampa campus, MSC Bull Market and several APIDA Student Organizations 

APIDA Leadership Forum 

April 15| 5:30-7:15pm| MSC 3711

Hosted by:   Malaysian Students Association, Asian Students in America, & Chinese Culture and Langauge Club 

APIDA Cultural Event 

April 20| 5:30-7:15pm| MSC 3705

Hosted by:  Vietnamese Student Association, Kappa Phi Lambda, & Pakistani Student Association

Dancing with the Stars Banquet

April 22| 7:30-11:00pm| MSC 2708

Join us for an exciting evening filled with music, dancing, and fine cuisine!

Hosted by:  American Cultured Desi at USF

ASiA Superlatives 

April 22| 9:00-11:30pm| MSC 2709

Come join for a fun night of superlatives and more.

Hosted by:  Asian Students in America 

We Got Soul

April 23| 5:00-8:00pm| MSC Oval Theater 

Join us for a night of entertainment and fun!

Hosted by:  Association of Filipino Students at USF





Get connected with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Organizationson the Tampa campus:

Vietnamese Student Association
• Thai Student Association
Students of India
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
• The Association of Filipino Students
Asian Students in America
• Chinese Culture Club
• Japanese Club
• Project Pengyou
Korean American Student Association
Korean Language Club


Greek Organizations:
Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
• Kappa Phi Lambda
Delta Phi Omega
Pi Delta Psi
• Sigma Beta Rho

View Sparks Magazine at USF, a nonprofit organization that supports a student-run publication and provides a mixed-media platform for the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. The magazine highlights stories and narratives about Asian and Asian-American experiences. They want to bring a voice to an otherwise unheard demographic, and expand the conversation from within the Asian/Pacific Islander community, to outside of traditional spaces.

Visit the East Coast Asian American Student Union and learn how you can get connected to students with this identity, network, develop professionally. 

Visit the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center that brings Asian Pacific American history, art and culture to you through innovative museum experiences online and throughout the United States.