While Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is officially celebrated in the month of May, UMass Lowell celebrates APAHM in April by honoring the rich history, cultural diversity, achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). A rather broad term, Asian, Desi and Pacific Islanders encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, which spans over 65+ distinct countries, cultures and languages. “Desi" refers to the people and culture of the Indian subcontinent and South Asia, including Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.


The resources listed below will help you educate yourself and become an ally to the AAPIA Community during this time of hate and violence towards this community. Stop the hate towards this community.

Center for Asian American Studies:

  • The Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS) furthers education and research on Asian Americans with a focus on Southeast Asian Americans in the New England area. They develop way to improve and identify disparities in health, education, innovation and other areas with communities as partners.

Southeast Asian Digital Archive:

  • A research project done through the Center for Asian American Studies, the Southeast Asian Digital Archive (SEADA) educates the public about Southeast Asian Americans' resilience and diversity through collecting, preserving, and sharing different historical materials about Southeast Asians in the Greater Lowell area.

Virtual Field Trips

Here are some third party virtual field trips to get some more information about this heritage month!