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HVRSD Recognizes Asian American /Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
Monday, May 03, 2021

We invite you to join us for two Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month presentations on the contributions of AAPI citizens in the United States and the need for AAPI studies to be taught in schools. 

  1. HVRSD graduate, Emily X.R. Pan will discuss her experiences growing up in Hopewell Valley. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, and received six starred reviews. 

2.  Make Us Visible NJ will be facilitating the conversation and discussing how community members and educators can get involved in this meaningful work. 

Panelists will include: 

  • Princeton University Asian American Studies Professor Beth Lew-Williams

  • Rutgers School of Education Professor Dake Zhang

  • Mike Keo, founder of #iamnotavirus and member of Make Us Visible CT (whose bill for Asian American studies recently passed)

  • Amman Seehra, Asst Director NJ Dept of Human Services, NE Regional Director of Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Cofounder and Chair of ONE Project

  • Khyati Joshi, Fairleigh Dickinson University Professor of Education

Make Us Visible NJ is a coalition of students, parents, educators, legislators, professionals, and New Jersey community members advocating for the thoughtful and comprehensive inclusion of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) studies into the K-12 curriculum, across subject areas, in New Jersey public schools.