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Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month

May is Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month, when the Northwestern community celebrates the diverse APIDA community on campus. The Northwestern APIDA community hosts a variety of speakers, events, shows, workshops, and performances throughout the month in addition to all the events hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs. Learn about MSA events below:

Zine-making with Silk Club

Thursday, May 5th, 3 - 4:30 PM, MCC

Extra! Extra! Read all about it-- join MSA and Silk Club to learn how to make a zine and hear about the history and use of zines (physical and digital) in sharing community knowledge and work! You'll get a chance to make and take home your own zines, and we'll also be raffling off a few of Silk Club's QUIET! zines!

Silk Club is an organization for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander women, non-binary, and genderqueer folks to collaborate on projects that celebrate our experience. Since its inception in January 2018, Silk Club has released its bi-annual zine "QUIET!" which features photography, writing, art, design, and other creative works about Asian and Asian American experience.


Sketching as Meditation with Radhia Rahman

Friday, May 13th, 2 - 3:30 PM, Kresge 2410

Bring your journals, your sketchbooks, your scrap paper, and any art supplies you have to join MSA and illustrator Radhia Rahman for a sketching workshop and a Q&A! The first 20 registrants will receive a kit of art supplies, and we'll be raffling off some of Radhia's stickers as well.

Radhia Rahman is a first generation Queer Bengali-American illustrator born and raised in Queens, NYC. She received her BFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in 2020. Her work is influenced by the dualities of her culture as a Bengali woman intertwined with the pockets of culture that exist in New York City. She is vegan with a particular enthusiasm for cats, plants and vibrant colors, which inevitably makes its way into her playful illustrative works. Her goal is to make magic, break boundaries, and make room for more Queer Desi voices with her unique perspective.


What Hurts? Claiming Unwellness and Building Collective Care with Mimi Khúc

Monday, May 16th 2:00 - 3:30 PM, Zoom

What does Asian American student pain look and feel like? And what structures of care do we need to tend to this unwellness? Join us as we have a conversation with Mimi Khúc, exploring the breadth and depth of our individual and collective unwellness and begins to identify the social, cultural, and structural forces that contribute to it in order to begin brainstorming the kinds of care we need.

Mimi Khúc, PhD, (she/her) is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell, and an adjunct lecturer, sometimes in Disability Studies at Georgetown University. She is the managing editor of The Asian American Literary Review and guest editor of *Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health,* a hybrid book-arts project that works to decolonize Asian American unwellness. Her work explores creative and critical approaches to building collective care.


Kitchen Table Stories and More: Art as Storytelling with Melissa Raman Molitor

Thursday, May 26th, 2:30 - 4 PM, Studio 3, 617C Grove St.

Join MSA at Studio 3 for a conversation with Melissa Raman Molitor on creating collective power through art, and to claim space in our communities with our stories, traditional practices, and cultural wisdom. 

Melissa is an artist, educator, and activist whose socially engaged practice creates liminal spaces in which art is a form of critical consciousness and healing justice.  Her work involves the exploration of personal and collective identity through assemblage and multimedia narratives, and centers art as a way to foster human connection, creative placemaking, community care and social change. Her work on the Kitchen Table Stories Project embodies her philosophy and pedagogy employing art as a powerful medium for decentering dominant colonial narratives and uplifting the voices and stories of Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander American (ASPA) communities. Melissa is an Associate Professor, Adj. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and holds a BA in Psychology and a BFA with a concentration in ceramics and photography from the University of Michigan. She received an MA in Art Therapy from SAIC and is a registered, board-certified art therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor.