Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

News and Spotlights

In honor of Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, each Friday in May, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee at UT Austin School of Nursing will present Asian American/Pacific Islander History News and Spotlights. Please join us in reading, interacting, reflecting and learning about the important contributions of Asian American/Pacific Islander women and men across America.


Friday, May 7, 2021 - Why Are We Here?

Filipinos make up a small fraction of the nurses in the United States, but almost a third of the nurses who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. have been of Filipino descent. So what exactly is going on? Our friends over at The Atlantic and WNYC tried to understand more about this troubling statistic by telling the story of one woman: Rosary Castro-Olega.

Find out more about Filipino nurses in the U.S.


Friday, May 14, 2021 - Screams And Silence

Asian American organizers and influencers have been trying to sound the alarm over a dramatic spike in reports of anti-Asian racism over the last year, and have been frustrated by the lack of media and public attention paid to their worries. Then, when a deadly shooting spree in Georgia realized many of their worst fears and thrust the issue into the national spotlight. Screams & Silence, is a collaboration between African-American and Asian Americans/Pacific Islander activists in the fight for racial justice.

Learn about Screams And Silence


Friday, May 21, 2021 - Engaging With Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A Reading List

In the past year, and throughout history, narratives surrounding Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been rife with violence, hardship and grief. Yet they are so much more than their experiences of suffering — beyond tales of war and isolation, there is joy, confusion, anger and relief.

Learn more about this story


Friday, May 28, 2021 - Interview with The Student Community of Asian Nurses (SCAN)

Gayle Acton, PhD, RN, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs interviews students and a faculty member from The Student Community of Asian Nurses (SCAN). Watch the video interview featuring, Kevin Zhang, incoming J1, and current Secretary for SCAN, and Chinese American, Christine Olipas, incoming J1, current Social Chair for SCAN, and Filipino-American, Benita Viswasam, incoming S2, current President of SCAN, and Indian-American and Li-Chen Lin, PhD, RN, CNRN, Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty Advisor for SCAN, who is Chinese American.

Watch the Video Interview