Curated by Rebecca Jorrin, M.S.
Lead, Communications and Professional Education Programs
Office for Health Equity Diversity and Inclusion

The month of May brings another opportunity for us to celebrate our campus community and honor several heritages including Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month. Learn more about the purpose of each celebration and upcoming events in our local community below:

The month of May was selected to recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The intent was “to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. in May 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1859 that was made possible by thousands of Chinese laborers, APAH Month elevates the stories, contributions, and experiences of Asian and Asian American communities” (Source: Asia Society,

Haitian Heritage Month “is a nationally recognized month and an opportunity for individuals including Haitians and lovers of the the Haitian culture to celebrate the rich culture, distinctive art, delicious food and learn the traditions of Haiti and its people. The celebration is an expansion of the Haitian Flag Day on May 18th, a major patriotic day celebration in Haiti and the Diaspora created to encourage patriotism” (Source: Haitian Heritage Museum,

Jewish American Heritage Month “is a celebration of the contributions and experiences of Jewish Americans and highlights how America’s Jewish communities have shaped and been shaped by the cultural, social, and economic fabric of the United States. Recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month is a commitment to a more inclusive and respectful society” (Source: Jewish American Heritage Month,

Upcoming events and ways to celebrate and support these communities this month and beyond

Within the local community

Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC) Capitol Summit, May 9-10, Sacramento Opportunity for Jewish community members and allies to learn, network, and advocate. Event details.

AAPI Night Market, May 19 6-10pm, Downtown Sacramento [free event]
Featuring local entrepreneurs, creators, chefs, and entertainers. Event details.

Self-paced education and local resource groups