- Venue: 20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor, Room 372
20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003 United States
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“Unpacking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A Qualitative Study of Elementary School Teachers and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Practitioners”
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to the long and resurgent history of anti-Asian violence in the United States. Within the arena of public education, AAPI studies in K-12 schools effectively becomes a site that reflects localized educational practice and policy, as well as regional differences across a broader American educational landscape – with schools in some states observing AAPI Heritage Month as part of a growing institutional infrastructure, and others as singular or coordinated acts of agency and resistance by teachers and DEI practitioners. This study is concerned with exploring AAPI Heritage Month both as a site of educational practice and policy and as a site of complex interracial dynamics in schooling. In the latter sense, it functions as a racial awareness and race-making project that implicates the sociopolitical identities of students, teachers, and DEI practitioners alike. There are many dimensions to AAPI Heritage Month, including the positioning of Pacific Islanders, and its enactment in schools has the potential to reveal a bigger story about racial justice work in education.
Photograph by Jessica Hill/AP.