Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Welcome to Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month at RCC

On behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Committee, Co-chairs, Professor Martha Rottman and Dr. Liya Li composed the following Haiku in April 2017 and published it in the Journal commemorating Dr. Wood’s legacies during his tenure as President of Rockland Community College from 2004 – 2017. Of the many legacies Dr. Wood has left with us is the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration each year from the second week of April to the first week of May.

The first celebration took place in 2005 under the tutelage of Dr. Wood, who co-chaired the committee with Dr. Liya Li. Ever since then, the committee has been adhering to its mission in promoting diversity at RCC and in celebrating contributions made by RCC staff, faculty, and students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Both membership of the committee and the rich events sponsored by the committee each year reflect the continuation of Dr. Wood’s legacy under the leadership of current College President, Dr. Michael Baston.

Bamboo shoots in spring
showers. Your legacy blooms
beautiful flowers.

2021 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Events

All events are free and open to the public.

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Upcoming Events

Our Past Histories: FREE Documentary Films

Event Recordings

2021 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Committee Chair

Dr. En-Shu Robin Liao
Dr. En-Shu Robin Liao

2021 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Committee Members

Kristian Dougherty (Faculty Member)
Virginia Flatley (Staff Member)
Marco Flores (Student Member)
Mieraan UI Haque (Student Member)
Don Iannucci (Faculty Member)
Jada Johnson (Student Member)
Dr. Liya Li (Faculty Member)
Eileen MacAvery Kane (Faculty Member)
Dr. Shamika Mitchell (Faculty Member)
Rafhilene Frias Sanchez (Student Member)
Yaritza Santana (Staff Member)