Honoring AANHPI Heritage Month (Part 1)

AANHPI History Is American History

For nearly 35 years, the United States has recognized May as National Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. 

To celebrate, LEE is highlighting the progress, challenges, and solutions we face in achieving educational equity for students in this community – from eradicating biases in course curricula, to increasing representation in elected offices where life-changing policy decisions are made, to dismantling widespread xenophobia in our communities and supporting those who are driving change forward.

Stay tuned for future installments of this series throughout the month. 

Join us in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! We’re gathering our community to discuss AANHPI Leadership, Culture & Community. Join us on Tuesday, May 23 at 6-7:30pm ET as we hear from members in this community making an impact on educational equity and a community discussion on what AANHPI leaders are facing today.

AANHPI History is American History. The first recorded settlement of Asian people in the U.S. dates all the way back to 1763, when Fillipinos escaping Spanish captivity landed in what is now New Orleans1

Today, The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) carries this rich history forward through educational programing, resources, and advocacy work to protect and preserve the history of AANHPI communities and serve this community community “in their pursuit of belonging and prosperity that is free from discrimination, slander, and violence.”

This critical work strives to ensure the progress we make together cannot be undermined by the forces of xenophobia, race-based violence, and classroom discrimination. 

LEE’s mission lies in the belief that intersectional and equitable education can unlock the potential for compassion, social justice, and meaningful community action. 

The seeds for the future of our youth are planted in the classroom, and every child should have the same opportunity to see themself represented, affirmed, and uplifted as they learn, grow, and develop into the leaders of tomorrow. That’s why we support educators, school board leaders, and future change makers at every stage of their personal and professional journeys – to ensure everyone is represented when it truly matters. 

According to the 2022 STAATUS Index Report, 1 in 4 Asian American youth have experienced racist bullying. When we invest in education that is inclusive – and empower policymakers and educators who represent all of us – we have the power to break barriers of hate and position the next generation of students to succeed. 

Feel empowered to learn and do more this month? Check out the resources below to learn about LEE members in the classroom and how policy can impact education and drive positive change. If you’re a LEE member, you can also connect with our staff to launch your next venture, run for office, and effect change for students across the U.S. 

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