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SAMEAPI Awareness Now!


Southeast Asian/Middle Eastern/Asian Pacific Islanders (SAMEAPI)

SAMEAPI Kickoff Event
11:30 am–1:00 pm, Tuesday, April 2, 2019 
Rothwell Plaza
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of SAMEAPI Heritage Month and to learn more about events happening throughout April. There will be food, music, and activities for students, faculty and staff to enjoy! 

Heritage Month Dinner
5:00 pm–7:30 pm,Wednesday, April 3, 2019 
Founders Commons
All are welcome to attend and connect with fellow students, Mills alumnae, faculty, staff, and community members over a delicious dinner representing different cultural cuisines. We are excited to announce that Dil Se, a South-Asian acapella group from UC Berkeley, will be performing! 

Make Your Life with iJessup: Conversation with YouTuber Jessie Uyeda
5:00 pm–6:30 pm, Friday, April 5, 2019
Rothwell Theater
Join DIY maker and YouTuber, Jessie Uyeda, as she discusses how she — as a small, self-taught, half-Asian female in a predominantly male field—has created a niche that is completely her own. A self-described “novice” at everything she undertakes, Jessie will share how her perception of herself has shaped her reality, how acceptance of every individuals’ limitations creates conversations rather than conflicts, and what we can do to build relationships out of our differences.

Movie on the Meadow: Crazy Rich Asians
8:00 pm, Friday, April 5, 2019
President's Meadow
Come join us for a screening of Crazy Rich Asians. Bring a blanket! 

Lucky Boy: Reading with Dr. Shanthi Sekaran
5:30 pm–7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Mills Hall Living Room
Join us for a reading by Shanthi Sekaran of her acclaimed novel Lucky Boy (2017), followed by a lecture and Q&A session. Shanthi Sekaran is an Indian-American educator and novelist of The Prayer Room & Lucky Boy. Sekaran teaches creative writing & literature at Mills. Lucky Boy was named Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Library Journal, and the SF Chronicle. Her essays have appeared in the NY Times, LA Review of Books and

Lecture with Frishta Sharifi: The Effects of the Afghanistan War on Women
11:00 am–12:15 pm, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Natural Sciences Building (NSB) 215
Frishta Sharifi is a counselor for the Family Caregiver Support Program of the City of Fremont. She will give a lecture on stress management and will draw examples from her work with women victims of the war in Afghanistan. 

Henna Night Social
7:00 pm–9:00 pm, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Student Union
A night of south Asian & Middle Eastern music, food, henna and dance! This event is open to EVERYONE. You are welcome to wear cultural attire!

Islamophobia Industry: Workshop with Haleema Bharoocha
6:00 pm–7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Student Union
Haleema Bharoocha is a Gender-Justice Activist & Malikah Bay Area Director. She will lead the Islamophobia Industry: Profiting from Hate workshop, which will explore the $205 million Islamophobia industry and how you can act do dismantle it. This workshop covers the anti-Black history of Islamophobia in the US, the Islamophobia network, and tools for changing this system. Participants will get resources for continued self-education.

"Comfort Women" Panel: Militarized Prostitution in South Korea 
7:00 pm–9:00 pm, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Bender Room
Korean activists will hold a panel discussion on the human rights violations in militarized prostitution zones around US military bases in South Korea. 

Q&A with Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar: Feminism, Quran, & Islamic Scholarship
1:00 pm–3:30 pm, Saturday, April 20, 2019
Vera Long 140
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar is the first woman scholar to publish a critical translation of the Quran (titled "The Sublime Quran") and is the author and translator of 25 books in Islamic Studies. She specializes in virtue ethics and other issues relevant to Muslim women. She will join via Skype. Q&A will follow an open forum led by Mani Farhadi on issues relating to intersectionality and identity.

Independent Guåhan: Fighting for Decolonization Panel
6:00 pm–7:30 pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Mills Hall Living Room
Join members of the Bay Area chapter of Independent Guåhan, an organization that advocates for the Pacific Island of Guam's future as an independent nation, for a panel discussion about decolonization, resilience and inter-generational struggles for liberation.

Dr. Ikram Masmoudi: Gender Violence & The Yazidi Tragedy in Iraq 
7:00 pm–8:30 pm, Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Mills Hall Living Room
Dr. Ikram Masmoudi will speak about her research on the ISIS enslavement of Yazidi women and gendered violence after the capture of Sinjar, Iraq in 2014. Dr. Masmoudi is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. She is currently a professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of War & Occupation in Iraqi Fiction (2015). She juxtaposes oral history accounts & a fictional retelling of the tragedy to highlight the traumatic experiences of the Yazidi women.

Faculty & Staff Lunch
12:00 pm–2:00 pm, Friday, April 26, 2019
Reinhardt Alumnae House
A celebratory luncheon for SAMEAPI-identified faculty and staff members at Mills. 

SAMEAPI History Month Library Display
F. W. Olin Library
Please go check out the SAMEAPI display at the library which represents authors and trailblazers that have made their mark on the literary community nationally and globally with their works, activism, and scholarship. 

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