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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021

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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The school is honored to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a variety of virtual events including lectures, art exhibits, and cultural culinary experiences, presented by the SAIS Diversity Council (SDC) and the Student Diversity Coalition (SDC).

Prisms of the People, Power & Organizing in 21st Century America: A Book Presentation by Hahrie Han

Monday, May 3 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET

Hahrie Han, Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute and Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, will share insights on her new book “Prisms of the People: Power and Organizing in 21st Century America,” which looks at the science of social change in the US. 

Open to the public


Art Across Cultures 

Friday, May 7 | 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Join the SAIS Diversity Council and Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art for a virtual docent-led tour discovering artifacts encompassing multiple regions, religions, and cultures across Asia. The tour will present historical examples of intercultural collaboration from political and religious standpoints.

Open to the public


Culture, Career, and Cuisine with Alumnus Yao Zhao '13

Thursday, May 20 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET

Join the SAIS Diversity Council, the Student Diversity Coalition, and Johns Hopkins SAIS Alumnus, Yao Zhao for an evening of cooking and conversation. In addition to his role as an energy consultant at the World Bank, Zhao is also the creator of 50Hertz, a Sichuan pepper oil showcasing the “tingly” flavors of his home cuisine. Cook along as Zhao shares his recipe for the pan-Asian favorite, egg fried rice. Ingredient list and instructions will be provided closer to the event date. This session will be moderated by Jonas Nahm, Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at Johns Hopkins SAIS.


Asian American Voices in National Security:  A Conversation with Alumna Carrie Kagawa

Tuesday, May 25 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET

Join the SAIS Diversity Council & Student Diversity Council for an informal conversation with Carrie Kagawa '18, who will reflect on her career in public service and experiences working in international affairs. Moderated by Ester Fang '21.


Shaping the New Global Order in a Post-COVID World: A Conversation with Congressman Andy Kim

Friday, May 28 | 3:00-3:45 p.m. ET

In co-sponsorship with the Student Government Association, join Dean Eliot A. Cohen and Congressman Andy Kim, representing the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, for a conversation on shaping the new global order in a post-COVID world.

Open to the public


Explore the interests and the issues of our diverse community members through our Student Snapshot series.

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Enriching Beyond the Classroom Experiences

"I have met some of the most compassionate and ambitious peers through the SAIS Student Diversity Coalition."

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Maximizing the Johns Hopkins SAIS Experience

"I have been able to build a holistic and rich life at the school by participating in experiences that speak to my personal passions and aspirations."

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Building a Diverse and Inclusive Environment

"After learning about the school's Student Diversity Coalition, I knew I wanted to be involved from day one, and so far, it has been the best experience of my graduate school experience."

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Expanding My Academic Breadth

"The experiences shared among the students and the faculty have created an engaging and dynamic learning experience."

View recent events hosted by the school examining issues in relation to the Asian American and Pacific Islander diaspora. 

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The Global Role of Faith-Based Organizations

The school welcomed Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a discussion co-sponsored by the Student Government Association on the global role of a faith-based organization.

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How Do Indian Americans View India Results From the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey

The school hosted a discussion exploring how Indians in America regard India, and how they remain connected to their ancestral homeland.

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Diaspora Dialogues: A Student Diversity Coalition Series on the Interplay of Heritage and Foreign Policy

For its latest installment of Diaspora Dialogues, the SAIS Student Diversity Coalition (SDC) hosted a discussion focused on East Asian and Southeast Asian diasporas.

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U.S.-Japan Yearbook Research Conference

Johns Hopkins SAIS’ Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies hosted a conference to highlight the research of six student researchers from the spring 2020 U.S.-Japan in Global Context research course.