2022 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events


PAACH x UPAAN present: FOOD, FRIENDS, ORIGINS on Thursday, May 12, 4:00pm-6:00pm - ARCH 108

You're invited to RSVP for PAACH x UPAAN's Asian Heritage Month social hour and fireside chat! 

May 12, 4pm-6pm ET, ARCH 108.

There has been a longtime desire for the different Asian campus community hubs to further bring their communities together, celebrate our diverse stories, and create open spaces where we can all belong.  So on May 12 at 4pm ET, PAACH and UPAAN invite you to join us to do exactly that. We'll start with a fireside chat featuring current students, alumni and faculty, then open up for a community celebration and hangout.
Food and drinks will be served!

All are welcome - please RSVP here.

Learn more about our featured speakers at this event:
Tiffany Yau

Passionate community organizer in Philadelphia, Penn alum from California. Forbes-recognized Founder & CEO of Fulphil, an education nonprofit that empowers youth to develop a social entrepreneurial mindset to make an impact and excel in their future careers.

Gul Shah
Graduating from the Masters program in Higher Education at Penn Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE).  She is from Pakistan and worked at a university in Pakistan for 7 years before moving to Philadelphia to pursue graduate studies.  She was also part of the diversity and inclusion committee at Penn GSE.  She is looking forward to continue working in higher education making it more accessible and equitable for all students.

Grace Edwards

Sophomore pursuing a Bachelors of Arts at Penn - Health and Societies with a minor in Journalistic writing, with the intention to attend medical school. She is interested in the intersection of identity, race, history, and medicine.

Andy Wu

Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education programs.  PhD and MS in Applied Economics from the Wharton School.

Alaric Qin (moderator)

Lead at Asian Leaders Alliance, a community organization that advocates on behalf of Asian communities across North America. Asian Council Lead at Confluent, a technology company based in California.


Penn Spectrum Showcase on Saturday, May 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm – College Green

Alumni Relations and Penn Spectrum Programs is delighted to share the recipients of the 2022 James Brister Society and Penn Spectrum Awards.

Asian Alumni Network Student Leadership Award - Sam Pancoe, C’22

Association of Native Alumni Student Leadership Award - Brooke Parmalee, L’22

Association of Latino Alumni Student Leadership Award - Luz Elena Pérez Méndez, NURS’22

Black Alumni Society Student Leadership Award - Hakiem Ellison, C’22

James Brister Society Student Leadership Award - Hadriana Lowenkron, C’22

James Brister Society Graduate Student Leadership Award - Chenelle S. Boatswain, GSE’22

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association Student Leadership Award - Blake Rubenstein, C’22

The Penn First Plus Alumni Student Leadership Award - Sarthak Jain, SEAS’22

All are welcome to the celebration at the Penn Spectrum Showcase on Saturday, May 14th at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on the College Green where our University Life cultural resource center directors and Penn Spectrum leaders will acknowledge these remarkable scholars.

Registration for the event is available at the main Alumni Weekend page.


PAACH & ASAM Family & Friends Commencement Reception

Monday, May 16th  | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM @ ARCH 1st Floor

Right After the Main Commencement Ceremony

We at the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) and Asian American Studies Program (ASAM) are excited to share news of our Annual Family & Friends Commencement Reception for all Asian & Asian American undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Penn !

There will be food, family, friends, and fun to celebrate!

Please fill out this form to RSVP for the event: